Why Is Writing a Killer Job Description So Important?

Why is writing a killer job description so important?

HR pros and industry thought leaders will often wax poetic about the importance of job descriptions and how writing a killer job description is an essential first step in the recruiting process. But if you work in the every-day trenches of the HR world, finding the time to continuously develop and refine your job descriptions may seem like an impossible task.

We know that you are stressed. Often overworked and underappreciated. And that adding yet another thing to your never ending to-do list does not sound ideal. But take a moment to consider the power of a great job description and how it can improve your overall hiring process.

We asked a few members of Team Hyrell to answer the question: “Why are job descriptions so important?” Check out their answers below and maybe you’ll be inspired to find a little more time in your day for that all-important task of writing a killer job description:

National Account Executive Jamie Monahan 



National Account Executive, Jamie Monahan, says:

“I believe job descriptions are key when it comes to hiring a new employee. A great job description will cover what candidates will be doing on a daily basis, a standard list of duties / responsibilities, position incentives, and company culture. I always tell clients: ‘Be upfront with candidates when they apply, so they know exactly what the position is about.’ Also, another great tip I share is to write a keyword friendly job description so candidates can easily find your positions on major internet job boards.”

Director of Marketing Michael Macking






Director of Marketing, Michael Macking, says:

A good job description is a two way street and provides the company a great opportunity to improve the of chances of finding that next rock star employee. First and foremost, it very literally tells applicants what they need to do, so the more clear you can be with the duties and expectations, the more likely you are to find an employee that closely matches these requirements.

Secondly, this is when you can begin to communicate the culture of your company.  Let interested candidates know very quickly the values and culture of your organization and you’ll be more likely to get applicants that have similar values and personality! So often, creating a job description feels like a boring task – but think of this as your first impression – and you always want to make a good first impression! 

Account Executive Emily Russen



Account Executive, Emily Russen, says:

“Job descriptions offer the ‘first taste’ of what it will be like to work at your company. When writing a job description, you want to give the applicant an accurate idea of what he or she will be doing, but you also want it to be fun and engaging. Don’t feel like you need to list every task a candidate will be responsible for in the job description. Leave a little wiggle room — ‘Other tasks as assigned’ is a great phrase to use!”

Director of Business Development Patrick Clark






Director of Business Development, Patrick Clark, says:

“Alignment and expectations. A job description is one of the first encounters you will have with your next (hopefully, great) employee. It should be clear and communicate exactly what is expected of that person if he or she is hired. It shouldn’t be overly ambiguous. It shouldn’t be to fluffy. It should be direct. And accurate. And true to the intended job.

This clarity will help both parties of the transaction – both your company, and the applicant. You will both know what is expected and that alignment of expectations starts everything off on the right foot. If the job description is not clear, and things get off to a rocky start (or don’t work at all), this is often a great first place to check, ‘What went wrong?’ Don’t let that happen to your company — spend some time thinking, ‘Does this job description reflect what is expected of this person if we hire her?’” 

Need help getting started? Download our latest eBook: How to Write a Job Description: Template and Quick-Start Guide.



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