So you’ve prepped and thought hard about what your business needs from its first employee.  Now you’re ready to start the search for the right candidate. What should you be looking for? And where should you start?

This step will help clarify what you need, and it’s one of the most important steps when hiring your first employee: the job posting. 

Tips on how to create a job posting 

Crafting an engaging job posting can be tricky. But with a few guidelines, you can create a job posting that gets the right kind of attention:  

  • Use familiar job titles and keywords. This makes your job posting easier for prospective job hunters to find when searching. “Rockstar organizer” might be a fun job title, but the people you’re hoping to attract are searching for jobs using words like “assistant.” 
  • Be brief. Bullet points are a great way to organize information and make your posting easy to scan for the key details people are looking for. 
  • Be direct. Clearly state what the role’s core responsibilities will be (don’t worry about the minor tasks) and the skill level of the employee you hope to attract. 
  • Share the role’s wage/salary. Even a general range will attract interest. If you can’t offer a competitive wage, highlight the benefits and opportunities the role can provide a prospective employee. 
  • Be honest. Being open about yourself as an employer and your company will make it easier to spot the candidates who are the right fit for the role.

Job posting sample 

If you need a place to start, here’s an example of a succinct but effective job posting: 

  • (Role) Executive Assistant, Part-Time 
  • (Your company’s name) ABC Industries 
  • (Description of the role/company) ABC Industries is a newly formed, small company focused on creating widgets. We believe our widgets help people live a better life. Looking to work for a small company just getting started but with a mighty mission? We’re looking for you. 

(Responsibilities of the role) As Executive Assistant, you’ll be responsible for:  

  • Answering the main line and responding to customer emails 
  • Scheduling appointments for widget tours 
  • Managing calendar appointments 

(Qualifications) The ideal candidate has: 

  • 2-3 years experience providing support at a senior level 
  • Post-secondary education in a related field (office admin or widgets) 
  • Exceptional organizational skills and proficiency with MS Office 
  • (Any special conditions) This is mainly a remote position, so strong internet access is required. Some travel to the main office will also be required. 
  • (Benefits) $15-$20/hr.  
PayEvo job opening example to create a job posting.

Depending on where you submit your job posting, you may also need to include your contact details and the location of your main offices – especially if this is an in-person role.

Next, we’ll go over the interview process, onboarding, and how to set your new employee up for success.  

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