When it comes to writing a job description for entry-level employees, it's important to strike a balance between being specific about the responsibilities and qualifications required for the position, while also being inclusive and giving potential candidates a clear idea of what to expect.
After working with hundreds of companies and their interns and entry-level hiring programs, here are a few tips and best practices we’ve learned to help you create an effective job description for entry-level positions:
- Be clear about the position's responsibilities: Clearly outline the main duties and responsibilities of the position, and make sure to use language that is easy to understand. Avoid using jargon or industry-specific language that may be confusing to entry-level candidates.
- Highlight the qualifications required: While entry-level positions may not require extensive experience, there may still be certain qualifications that are necessary for the role. Be sure to list any required education, certifications, or skills that are needed for the position, and also have realistic expectations here: do you really need someone with 2 years of experience or just someone who is willing to come in and be coachable and professional?
- Include information about the company culture: Job descriptions should give candidates a sense of what it's like to work at the company. Be sure to include information about the company culture, values, and mission, and how the position fits into the overall structure and growth of the company.
- Provide an overview of the career path: Entry-level employees are often looking for opportunities to grow and develop in their careers. Provide information on the potential career path for the role, and how it can lead to advancement within the company.
- Use inclusive language: Make sure that your job description is inclusive and welcoming to all candidates, regardless of their background or experience. Avoid using language that may be seen as discriminatory or exclusive.