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Important Elements of Your Job Description

In our previous blog post, we posed a series of important questions to ask about your job description, questions that will help you to clearly define the core responsibilities of the position and ensure that you hire the best candidate possible.  Now that those questions have been answered, you can more easily identify the essential elements of your job description.  That’s because your answers to those questions will help mold these elements.  They are as follows:

  1. Purpose of the position—This should be crafted from a business point of view, of course.  Why does the position exist in the first place?  What benefit is associated with filling this position?
  2. Duties of the position—Remember, identifying the core responsibilities is crucial to success, as well as the amount or percentage of time spent on each duty.
  3. Supervision and direction—In addition to who this person reports to and who reports to them, their ability to make independent judgments and decisions must be determined, as well.
  4. Requirements—These include not just previous work history and skill sets, but also any necessary licenses, training, and certifications.
  5. Machines and/or equipment—Often overlooked, this element includes any and all equipment, both inside and outside of the office.

With a firm understanding of these essential elements—based upon your answers to the questions posed in our previous blog post—you’ll be better able to attract (and hire) your next superstar employee.

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