Writing Better IT Job Descriptions

Writing IT Job Descriptions

When Technical Job Descriptions are written well, they attract the right kinds of candidates.

3 Tips for Creating Great Technical Job Descriptions

  1. Each section should include only information that pertains to that section. Its always somewhat confusing to see a job description that includes core requirements in all the sections but the Requirement section. Keep the sections separated. In the Responsibilities section – include only the tasks and responsibilities that the role will perform. The same is true for all the Summary and Requirements sections. 

  2. Make it a habit to Include all three (3)  sections in a job description. You give the candidates enough information to make a decision whether to apply or not. When you add these sections – it gives the impression that the job was well though out. 

  3. Include a section for the Job Environment – something to show the candidates the environment of the job. For instance, the team – how many other developers are in the team, the infrastructure available. Any information that will attract candidates to the job.

There are 3 sections that should always be in a job description, no matter how short a sentence it contains. The sections are:Job Title, Job Summary, Job Responsibilities, and the Job Requirements. A bonus is the Job Environment.

Job Title. This is the simple one,every one knows the importance of titles. When a job title is present in a job description or resume, it removes any kind of doubts about what the job/resume might be about.

Job Summary .This section includes the description of the position, the summary of what the company is looking for.

Job Responsibilities. This is the area where the tasks the position will perform are listed. Note that this is the job role requirements or qualification section.

Job Requirements. This is perhaps the most important section of a job description. This is the measure scale – where candidates look to know if there measure up to the position. This section will list the requirements – from the educational requirement, technical and then non-technical skills.

Job Environment. Not mandatory – but a wise addition. If you are able to specify, then do so informing the candidate through the Job description about the job environment. How big the team is, how many other people have the same job description as the open position.

Here are some sample IT Job Descriptions.

Other IT Job Descriptions