As a small to medium sized enterprise, identifying future talent will be one of the keys to your company’s success. Writing accurate job descriptions and person specifications will be a helpful aide in attracting them!
Here are a few tips to help get you started:
- Be realistic and make an accurate list of the role’s responsibilities, including those on an ad-hoc basis. As your business evolves, employees will need to adapt and be flexible
- Think about the culture of your business. When you start out, you have the opportunity to create the working environment YOU want, so be sure to attract the people you want to help in creating it.
- Skills and experience are half the story when it comes to employing the right people. Highlight the personal attributes needed and include these in your person specification.
- Avoid specifying number of years’ experience. This deters candidates who fall short of or exceed the years experience you stipulate. It also discriminates against younger and/or older candidates.
- Use appropriate language that reflects the business and avoid using abbreviations unless you have indicated what the abbreviations stand for earlier in the text.
- When re-advertising for a role, ALWAYS check the job description and person specification and see how they have evolved. Amend where appropriate to attract the best talent for the role as it stands today.