Before we begin this, did you read “How to Figure out your ‘Perfect’ Employee” and do the exercises? It will just make your life easier and who doesn’t need any easy win these days?
The key to a fabulous job description for a chiropractor is giving enough detail about the job & the role they will be required to perform with some info about your company. This is a delicate balance. You want to be able to provide enough of the job/role to attract a more qualified candidate while giving enough about the company to be interesting without getting long, drawn out and boring.
You should have your “brain dump” from the previous blog in this series and now we can use what you have already written down. Those ideas just need some refinement and a little polish and your great job description will be up and ready in no time.
Here’s the nitty gritty…we can’t just word vomit out everything we want this person to be and do. We are respectable (yeah sure we are) business owners with lots of class so let’s write a job description like we have some.
- Job Title: specific, targeted and throwing in some interesting or unique characteristics of your company will make it more appealing and eye catching. For example, there is this chiropractic office in Key West, Florida called Bone Island Chiropractic. I have always found that to be a very eye catching and intriguing name plus it fits where it’s located. Think about how you can spice it up.
- Responsibilities and Duties: this especially you should already have written out from the last blog. We really went into the nitty gritty details (so save those) and now write an outline of the core responsibilities, highlight the day to day activities of the position and how they will fit into your company. In this section, leave out which direction you want the toilet paper to hang down and think about the absolute essentials this future employee will have to be able to do. What are your ‘musts’ when filling this role?
- Qualifications and Skills: the good news with hiring a chiropractor as an associate, they have to meet the basic requirements of becoming a chiropractor. Are there any additional techniques or skills you would want them to be able to perform? Do you want them to already know flexion/distraction, Activator, SOT, Gonstead, Thompson first or are you willing to pay or supplement their continued education? If this is for the front desk position, is this just for a reception job or do they need (or be willing to learn) how to use heat/cold packs, electric muscle stem machines, etc? Again, keep this list concise and to your absolute needs because you can overwhelm candidates who are looking for a position or you are so specific nobody has everything you are looking for.
- Salary and Benefits: if I may make a suggestion, don’t lock yourself in to an exact number instead use a range. Besides money, are their any other perks you are offering? Unlimited paid time off, flexible hours, working from home options, medical, dental or vision coverage, snacks, weekly adjustments, paid training, etc.
There you have it, four key sections that should be included in your next job description. I would also suggest, if during the first or second part of this blog series, you found a creative whim and starting coming up with new business ideas then continue to follow those whims. Write it all out, save it and then you never know what might come in handy for the future.
For more ideas of how to write a great job description check out www.chirorecruit.com to browse plenty of amazing examples.
Kassandra Schultz DC