21st Oct 2018 by Cam Brierley
Updated 25th Apr 2019
Write an esports job description
A job description can be what makes a candidate apply to your role, or continue hunting elsewhere. Let's nail it.
You’ve got the basics down now, so let’s get to work on creating an awesome job description for your esports role!
It’s impossible to overstate how important a good description is, but in simple terms you should think of it as the difference between finding the person you want and getting the person you get.
The job description is your opportunity to SELL the role without ever meeting the candidate. It can help to ensure you’re only getting the best, most targeted applicants, which will save you time and money in the short-term and long-term.
If you do it really well, it’ll actually make you a LOT of money!
In our opinion, the perfect esports job description follows this sort of structure:
- Introduction (optional)
- Summary (optional)
- Responsibilities (essential)
- Core Skills (essential)
- Bonus Skills (optional)
- Qualifications (optional)
- Salary (optional)
- Benefits (optional)
- Application Instructions (optional)
- Call to Action (optional)
This is often an overlooked part of the typical esports job description. Take the chance to give some key details about your esports organization, whether that be a brief history of the company/team or an explanation of who you are and what you do, or both!
The intention here is to help the candidate understand you better and to feel like they know you, which makes their path to applying a heck of a lot easier. Keep it short and get straight to the point.
You know the job title, so this is a great chance to say “as our new… you will be tasked with…”
Tell the candidate exactly what you expect them to do if they get the job and tell them the department/s they will work within and the person/s they will report to (if you read Chapter 1, you’ll have these last two down).
Try to slot in something about the location of the job too, and mention if there are any special facets to it (like the necessity to travel).
You should know what you want this person to do on a day-to-day basis and this is your chance to tell them in a succinct and clear fashion. Bullet points are your friend here!
Our recommendation is to list the responsibilities EITHER in order of the most important at the top and least at the bottom, OR the highest percentage of time spent on a task at the top and the lowest percentage at the bottom.
This is where your potential esports candidate is deciding whether or not they can do the job, so don’t make these hard to understand.
Core Skills (essential)
If you know the day-to-day responsibilities of your job then you should have a pretty solid idea of the skills the successful candidate will need to do it well.
Some jobs are much easier than others to write about when it comes to this, but general advice here is to keep things brief and be realistic. Bullet points are you friend, once again!
Don’t set the bar TOO high because this will severely reduce the number of applications you get, but have a minimum expectation of what you expect and then use this to evaluate candidates once the applications start rolling in.
Bonus Skills (optional)
We don’t see enough people utilizing this “extra” section, which helps to filter through candidates even further - and trust us, you’ll appreciate that fact once your job description goes live!
This is your chance to talk about skills that may be more personality-based than technical (or vice-versa), which helps you find people who will be a good fit in your organization.
Things to put in this list would be great for your candidate to have, but wouldn’t necessarily prevent them from being able to do the job to a good level.
This is definitely the most optional section so far, because it’s only important if you require the candidate to have a specific education or qualification for your esports role.
We don’t see this mentioned enough in the industry, so why not separate yourself from the crowd and include the information, if you know it?
You could even include a range and note that it’s “dependent upon experience”, but please try to give people something to work with if you can.
Think about what benefits your organization can offer to candidates and write about them here.
Lots of the bigger companies can offer free gym memberships, pension plans and paid holiday, but many people will be happy with flexible working hours, free coffee and the chance to travel to esports events too!
Application Instructions (optional)
If you expect the candidate to do anything special or send you anything in particular - outside of the typical cover letter and resume (CV) - tell them here!
Call to Action (optional)
This is your last opportunity to give candidates any extra information they might need about the role, such as explaining how the hiring process will work.
What will the next stage be? Should they expect a call, if successful? Then an interview or a task?
Be clear and honest here, then finish off with a line that makes them feel great about applying, because if they’ve got to this stage then there’s a decent chance that they’re the sort of person you’re looking for!
Once you’re all done, it’s time to release your esports job description into the wild...
Image credits: DreamHack / Jennika Ojala
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