How to write a Consultant job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Consultant job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Consultant job titles

    Senior Consultant
    Management Consultant
    Marketing Consultant
    Consultant (Part-Time)
    Strategy Consultant

Consultant job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Consultant job summary

Our fast-growing tech firm requires a Marketing Consultant to join our full-time staff. We’re interested in branching out into new consumer markets and we need guidance on advertising, product placement, metrics analysis, positioning statements and other aspects of our marketing plan. The ideal candidate for our firm will have a documented history of ushering other businesses into new growth areas and creating measurable benefits for his or her employers. We operate a fast-paced, high-energy office where we encourage all of our staff to be creative and to think outside the box, so we’re looking for a consultant who can fit well in that environment.

Consultant responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Consultant responsibilities

    Create a plan for strategic positioning with the company executives and high-level managers
    Prepare a written marketing plan that addresses each of our core initiatives
    Recommend product positioning approaches for each new offering
    Contribute to our content marketing and brand awareness efforts
    Prepare marketing and advertising materials
    Participate in staff meetings dedicated to marketing, advertising and brand enhancement

Consultant qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Consultant skills

    10+ years’ corporate marketing experience, preferably in the tech sphere
    Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing or Communications required (Master’s degree preferred)
    PMP certification in good standing
    Advanced communication and presentation skills
    Experience with digital marketing initiatives, including social media
    Strong analytical skills
    Excellent research skills
    Ability to lead large teams and inspire other staff members to think creatively
    Working knowledge of digital performance metrics

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