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How to write a good job description

 

 

 

 

When you’re ready to hire a new team member, often the first point of contact that someone has with you and your business is your job description. 

So your job description has some work to do to entice the right people. The people who share your vision and values and will help grow your business.

Today I’m going to talk about the three things every job description needs and why you want to spend some time writing a good one. Ready? Let’s get started.

In this episode:

  • How to make your job description do the work for you
  • Why a well-crafted job description is especially important for purpose-driven entrepreneurs
  • The 3 essentials your job description need to attract kick-ass team members

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3 Things Your Job Description Needs To Attract The Right Team Members

Hello, hello!

And happy new year! I can’t believe I finally made it to 2021. By the skin of my fucking teeth but I made it and, if you’re listening to this, then you made it, too! So congratulations!

I am really happy to be through the hellscape that was 2020 and moving into 2021 with cautious optimism. I’m also really excited to start bringing you some business content this year, too.

If you’re a long-time listener or a brand new binger, you might remember me saying way back in my first episode that this podcast wasn’t going to be about business topics like marketing or operations or hiring. 

But I changed my mind! As I was planning out content for this year, I realized that teaching about these topics or bringing on guest experts to teach about these topics helps you to grow your business. Helping as many humans as possible to grow their business so that those businesses can be used as a tool for positive change is a huge part of my mission. 

Don’t worry, I’ll still be sharing my no nonsense, witty (if I do say so myself) take on how we can show up ethically as feminists in business, how we can smash the patriarchy, and how to identify and dismantle harmful systems in the online biz world while also strategically growing other areas of your business, too.

Now that we’re all caught up and you know what’s what, let me reintroduce myself before we dive in. 

Hi, I’m Meaghan and I’m a hiring strategist and certified Online Business Manager. I own Inspired Solutions Co., a hiring and management agency. I am absolutely, positively obsessed with helping women grow their businesses by strategically hiring and leading team members who are aligned with their mission, vision, and values. 

I work mostly with purpose-driven coaches and course creators who are hiring one of their first team members or ready to build their dream team so they can scale to high six or even seven figures.

My goal is to teach my clients how to find, hire, and onboard the right team members. The right team members will support their business for the long term so that they can continue hiring rockstar virtual support long after we are done working together.

Which is why we’re going to talk about why you need a good job description to attract those kick-ass team members we all want but seem to have such a hard time finding!

If you are ready to hire a team member for your business and you know what you want to hire them to do, then you need to post that shit somewhere so that people know you have an open position.

This means that the first touch point these interested service pros have with you and your business is your job description. If your job description is too vague, doesn’t speak to who you are as a person or what your company stands for, or doesn’t weed out certain people, then you are going to attract candidates that aren’t a good fit for you. And then you’re going to end up frustrated and needing to start over. 

No one wants to have to start the entire process over again because you didn’t get any good candidates. 

Which means that your job description has three main purposes.

First:

To weed out people who aren’t a good fit. Whether you prefer morning people or people who clearly align with your mission and values, you need your job description to communicate with the person reading it.  As they’re going through each section of the job description, you want them to firmly resonate with it and want to read the next section. 

If they get to a point where they think ‘oh, that doesn’t really work for me’ then they’ll stop reading. You want the job description to help people self-delete during the interview process so that you aren’t sifting through a bunch of applications—or worse, scheduling interviews—for people who aren’t a good fit for what you need.

Second:

To clearly communicate any skills or traits you’re looking for. Do you need someone who’s really good at making graphics or proofreading emails? Someone who’s good at learning systems or answering customer service questions? Someone who is a problem solver or has great attention to detail? 

Lots of things in the online biz world are teachable, such as tools and how you like things done. But there are also lots of things that are not teachable, such as attention to detail and resourcefulness. You want to make sure your job description clearly communicates those inherent qualities that can’t be trained.

Third:

To draw people in who align with your mission and values and repel people who don’t. I see this part left out of job descriptions most often. For purpose-driven entrepreneurs, it’s often the most important part of finding the right people. Share about your company, who you serve, your values, your mission, what you believe in. People who aren’t about that will click away and people who are will keep reading.

So many people find the hiring process daunting. Maybe you’ve hired in the past and you’ve never found the right person. Or maybe you struggled leading your team so you burned it all down and went back to being a one woman show. Maybe every time you hire someone, they quit after six months and you have to start all over again.

It doesn’t have to be that way. If you want to know the full anatomy of a kick-ass job description you can grab my free checklist that includes all eight parts of a killer job description.

If you want support in identifying who exactly your next right hire is or what your dream team looks like, book a discovery call to see how I can help you with that, too.

Alright, I’m so excited to be heading into this new year with you. That’s it for me today. 

Bye, y’all. 

 

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