So you’re ready to expand your business and you want to hire a remote team member. This is very exciting! Your business is growing and you need the best talent you can find and afford. You’re seeking someone with the same drive and passion that you have. Someone who is ready to put in the work and break the glass ceiling! But you’re nervous and don’t know where to start.
The thought of hiring a remote team member is exciting and scary at the same time. You are in need of help but so many thoughts start running through your head. Will you be able to find the perfect match? What if you pick the wrong candidate? Is it even worth your time searching and interviewing these candidates? The answer is YES!
Yes, it WILL be worth your time in the end! There will be some required prep work before you can start posting any job descriptions. Unless you are willing to interview twice as many candidates.
In this post will cover three main points to add to your team member job description. Let’s get started!
Why Job Descriptions Matter
A job description is a broad, general, written statement for a specific job. It includes a title that must be a true reflection of the role specified. It also states whom this team member will report to. So why does a job description matter?
There is an added layer of trust that small business owners need to have when hiring remote team members. Thus, a well-crafted job description for a remote team member job must be straightforward. It should be attention to detail. It acts as your first line of defense that will filter out any applicants who do not fit your required skill set. Those who can prove on their resume or within their portfolio will be worth your time to get to know. A face to face live video chat will show off their personality and characteristics.
Your job posting must list your expectations. They are the functions, tasks, and responsibilities you are requiring. State the purpose of this position. As well as the role this applicant will play within your business. Last but not least, include required skills and competencies needed for the job.
Thinking Like The Applicant
Put yourself in your applicant’s shoes for a minute. They have a different thought process than a hiring manager. Timing is critical. Most applicants will do their job searching at the beginning of the week. They focus on the most recent postings compared to the ones that are older. As a remote office, you may have to consider applicants from around the world. Is this suitable for your business’s needs with the different time zones?
Vague job postings will not attract any qualified candidates. You will run the risk of losing the majority of your applicants. At the same time, you’ll be attracting confused and inappropriate job seekers. Applicants are only interested in the perks of the job. The atmosphere, uniqueness, and challenging corporate culture are an added bonus. Whether you agree or disagree, the number one question most applicants want to know is how much you’re going to pay. This also reminds you of what you have already budgeted for. The attention span of applicants is short. So a post that is short, sweet, and straight to the point will get more attention than a long-winded post.
It’s also ok to add a little personality to your posts. A funny or motivational quote can go a long way.
Consider Your Company Culture
The importance of company culture has grown into a topic of discussion. The need for a defined culture within a company is essential to your business’ success. Especially when seeking like-minded talent when hiring remote teams. What is company culture? It’s the personality of a company. Company culture includes a variety of elements. For example, the work environment, mission statement, values, ethics, expectations, and business goals.
Team members are more likely to enjoy their assigned work when they fit in with the work environment. They will enjoy work more when their needs and values are consistent with those in the company. Closer relationships will begin to develop amongst coworkers and their productivity will increase.
Make Sure There is a Good Fit
Remember, the more genuine and transparent your job posts are, the more likely you will receive applications from top talented applicants who also have the necessary experience and personality traits that will mesh with your company. It’s that simple.