How To Write A Job Description

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By definition, a job description is a formal account of an employee’s responsibilities. It defines the general tasks and duties of a position and may specify the skills and qualifications that are relevant. The description is often written after the job has been analysed, with areas of knowledge needed considered.

As an employer, you have a better chance of attracting top class talent during your recruitment process if the role is documented clearly. If you take the time to define who you want to hire, it saves both you and potential candidates time. Although a job description is useful when you come to recruiting new members of staff, it also plays in purpose throughout that person’s employment time. It is key that the role is clear from the beginning, therefore writing it in simple terms has never been more necessary.

As an employer, your job description is your chance to connect with budding candidates. It is effectively a first impression so should be engaging and inclusive and prompt the right people to apply. This will save you time from sifting through lots of irrelevant applications. Firstly, use a clear title as this will attract the correct type of people and those who are appropriately qualified for the role. Secondly, describe the tasks the job will involve so that the employer and the candidate are both on the same page when discussing. Thirdly, sell both the job and the company as candidates should feel enthusiastic when applying.

Inevitably, there are a few common mistakes made when writing a job description. Trying to be quirky is not appropriate- being clear and concise will have better results. Asking for too much can occur, so be realistic and make sure the job duties are not neglected. Using negative language is also not a good idea.

Star Employment Services operations manager Kylee Russon said: “Any employers who are looking to attract the best talent will need to devote some time to creating an appealing job description.

“If there is a lack of effort, then this is apparent and will turn off candidates and the very first point of engagement. First impressions really do matter.”

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How To Write A Cover Letter (Downloadable Template)

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The power of a cover letter should never be underestimated. It is an essential part of pretty much every job application and is a way to sell your skills to recruiters. The concept is used as a persuasive tool to sell a candidate’s abilities for a specified job role.

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According to Star Employment operations manager, Kylee Russon, your cover letter could be the difference between obtaining a job interview or having your resume ignored. You should be devoting the necessary time to putting the letter together and giving yourself enough time to produce something worthwhile. If the document is clear and concise, your abilities will be made obvious to the employer and therefore more relevant to the criteria of the job.

Stand out

A good cover letter makes a person stand out from the crowd. It is crucial not to just repeat your CV, but to show personality and an enthusiasm into the field of which you are applying to. Do a bit of research into the history of the industry or the company and state how interesting you found a certain development or occurrence. This will show expertise and interest and the person hiring will be impressed that you know your stuff.

Mistakes

A common mistake that many people make when writing their cover letter is lacking in research. Submitting a general letter that isn’t tailored to the job or the company will make an employer think you haven’t put in any research beforehand. While your introduction may not be as specific as it an introduction to you as a person, this doesn’t mean you should use a generic template for the main sections of your cover letter.

You can download our helpful template or call a member of our team today for help and advice on writing a cover letter. Start your job search today by submitting your CV here.

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Successful Day At Black Country Chamber Expo

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Last week, the Star Employment Services team exhibited at the Black Country Autumn Expo. This event was held on 11 October at Walsall Football Club from 9am until 1pm. Delivered in partnership with Walsall Football Club, the Expo was held in their Stadium Suite where more than 60 exhibitors were brought together with over 500 delegates from across the region.

Highlights

As one of the highlights in the Black Country Chamber’s event calendar, the Autumn Expo is always a fantastic opportunity to network with businesses from across the region. The team from Star Employment spent the day showcasing the recent brand relaunch and autumn recruitment offer, where we’ll find you three qualified candidates for just £475.

Star Employment operations manager, Kylee Russon, said: “The Autumn Expo was a great event, with many different people showing what services they offer.

“For Star Employment Services, it was successful as we had the opportunity to speak to a lot of different people. There are around five different contacts that we are currently following up to arrange meetings, so this is great for us.”

Networking

Before the event, there was also the opportunity to network with exhibitors and delegates at the Walsall Business Breakfast from 7.15am to 9am. Sponsored by BT the breakfast event included talks from the Deputy Leader of Walsall Council, Adrian Andrew and Greg Reed, CEO of Homeserve UK. Alongside this, there was a Speed Networking session from 9.30am to 11.15am, where delegates could promote their business to a round table of ten and swap contact details.

Star Employment Services, as well as discussing their services, gave everyone the chance to win a bottle of champagne as part of a business card prize draw.