How to write a Handyman 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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Handyman 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 Handyman job titles

    Senior Handyman
    Handyman (with HVAC experience)
    Handyman (Part-Time)
    Commercial Handyman

Handyman 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 Handyman job summary

We run a luxury apartment complex that consists of 315 units and maintains a 90 percent occupancy rate for most of the year. We are looking for a skilled and hard-working Handyman to assist our maintenance department in maintaining our tenants’ apartment homes as well as the grounds and associated community spaces. We pride ourselves on sustaining excellent curb appeal as well as providing our tenants with safe, beautiful places to live and enjoy themselves. Your job responsibilities will include the maintenance and upkeep of laundry facilities, green spaces, the fitness center and other important facets of our business.

Handyman 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 Handyman responsibilities

    Inspect all community spaces daily to identify problems with litter, mechanical failure or breakdowns
    Respond to tenants’ requests for maintenance services, including replacing air filters, installing new locks and troubleshooting smoke detectors
    Repair plumbing, electrical and safety systems in tenants’ units as required
    Ensure the parking lot and sidewalks are free from litter and debris
    Maintain sprinkler system and trash receptacles on the premises
    Test performance of in-unit appliances, such as refrigerators, microwaves, stoves, ovens and coffee makers
    Provide tenants with advice and guidance on maintaining their apartment homes
    Respond to requests from property managers and maintenance services as needed

Handyman 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 Handyman skills

    High school diploma or GED preferred
    Experience with plumbing and electrical systems required
    Excellent facility with common hand and power tools
    Familiarity with apartment unit layouts and infrastructures
    Ability to communicate well with property management and maintenance staff
    Willingness to uphold company standards for safety, tenant service and efficiency

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