How to write a Clerk 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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Clerk 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 Clerk job titles

  • Clerk
  • Clerk (2+ Years’ Experience)
  • Data Entry Clerk
  • Clerk (Part-Time)
  • Administrative Assistant

Clerk 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 Clerk job summary

Our busy office is interested in hiring an experienced and reliable Clerk who can assist with general office duties, including answering phones, copying and scanning documents, filing, responding to emails and performing additional administrative duties as required. The successful applicant will be the front-end representative of our firm, so he or she must have a polite and friendly disposition, and be readily available to greet guests and direct them as necessary.

Clerk 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 Clerk responsibilities

  • Assist in preparing interoffice memos and drafting emails
  • Reconcile department budget and generate reports
  • Greet visitors in a prompt and friendly fashion
  • Maintain the office filing system and retrieve material from files as requested
  • Process appropriate paperwork to pay vendor invoices
  • Perform general office duties, including faxing, copying, scanning and filing

Clerk 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 Clerk skills

  • 2+ years’ experience in a clerical/administrative position
  • High school diploma/GED required
  • Excellent office and customer service skills
  • Impeccable written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task in a busy work environment
  • Able to take direction well and work with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated track record of reliability and dependability

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Job Description Examples

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