Make sure you clarify the hours the successful candidate will be required to work. If there’s a possibility they’ll have to work nights, weekends, bank holidays, shifts, be on call or work away from home for periods of time, be sure to include it.
A key part of your description is to list the responsibilities associated with the role so you need to clearly outline the core tasks and duties the successful applicant will be performing on a daily basis.
Descriptions of each task should ideally be just one sentence in length and unambiguous. They need to be detailed enough so that candidates fully understand the role and can thus determine if it’s suitable for them.
If you’re looking for a Test Engineer, for instance, one of the responsibilities might be to complete the final test, build and calibration of machines prior to final despatch. Or if you have an Equipment Maintenance Engineer vacancy, one of their duties may be to read and understand circuit schematic drawings.
Try to keep your list of responsibilities between 10 – 15. Any more and the listing starts to become too lengthy, potentially overwhelming prospective applicants.
In this section you can also address who the role will be in regular contact with. Clients/customers? Suppliers? Fellow senior/junior engineers?
The responsibilities you list helps candidates to get a quick insight into the working environment and understand exactly how they will operate within your company as a whole.
Qualifications and Skills
Make sure you create a comprehensive list of all certifications and skills that candidates require in order to fill the role. If there’s any specific qualifications that applicants simply must have, then ensure it’s included. It’s important to be upfront with all non-negotiable requirements.
Also make it clear the skills candidates need to possess in order to fill the position. This includes soft skills such as communication and organisation, but also technical skills too.
Also state whether experience in a certain field or environment is required.