When writing your job description think about why do you need to fill that role, what are you looking for? What do you want the graduate to do? Remember the graduate has to fit in with the culture of your company as well as having the right qualifications etc.
As a starting point for yourself, write down the type of graduate you would like to hire and why?
A job description should show the essential responsibilities, duties, qualifications and skills for a role. It should let the graduate know whether they will be able to do the job and if they have the skills to do the job.
Use a title that people have heard of, don’t use jargon. Think about who you want to apply for the role, will they be aware of the terms you are referring to?
Summary of the role
Get the graduate with your first line, make it clear what the purpose of the role is, explain day-to-day duties and expectations of the role, try to use your employer branding, this will be an opportunity for graduates to do some research on you.
About your company
Include a short paragraph (around 4 or 5 lines) about your company, what is the background, what are your aims and missions? What it’s like to work for the company? Do you have any special offers to attract the graduate? Be truthful, if this is the first time you have hired for this particular role or for another person to join your company, say that, it will encourage people to apply, they will like your honesty.
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsibilities are really important, detail and outline the core responsibilities, include anything that is not usually done within that role so you are upfront. Be very detailed here as this section is probably what the graduate will pay the most attention to. It helps to say who they will report to, and where the role fits in with the overall company.
Skills and Experience
You need to list what skills you are looking for, particularly technical skills (skills that will be needed to do the job i.e., coding languages or InDesign).
What soft skills are you also looking for? These skills include: communication, attention to detail, problem solving, team working etc. List which are essential and which are desirable and just nice to have.
How much experience is needed if any? Can they develop in the role if they are the right fit? Don’t be afraid to ask for experience if you need it but, show some flexibility, graduates might lack experience but will have new skills and enthusiasm to offer your company and the experience will come in the role.
Work out the qualifications that they will need, make a list and work out which are essential and which are desirable. Remember you can offer training (or qualifications if applicable) through your company.
Salary and Benefits
You should clearly state the salary in the role description so that graduates have a clear understanding of what they can expect. You can either give a clear figure (i.e. £22,500) or a salary band if you would prefer (i.e. £20,000 – £24,000).
For benefits, have a look at what other similar companies are offering? Do you have any additional perks to offer them such as training & development, additional holiday days, childcare schemes, wellbeing, pension etc.?