How to write a Painter 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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What does a Painter do?

A Painter prepares walls and other surfaces for painting by using sandpaper, scraping and removing old paint. They make on-site preparations for building scaffolding and the covering of fixtures and fill cracks and holes with appropriate material like plaster. Painters blend paints and other materials to achieve the right color or texture and paint surfaces according to instructions with various tools.

Painter 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 Painter job titles

  • Painter
  • Painter (3+ Years’ Experience)
  • Residential Painter
  • Painter (Part-Time)

Painter 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 Painter job summary

Our property management company is in need of a full-time Painter to join our staff. You will be responsible for rehabbing and painting multi-family dwellings. Most of our work focuses on interiors of units after tenants move out and before new renters move in. However, we are occasionally in need of exterior painting work, which requires working safely at heights. We’re looking for experienced Painters who understand the industry best practices and apply them to every aspect of their work. In some cases, tenant build-outs are involved with the job. We offer a competitive salary and full benefits after 60 days of employment.

Painter 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 Painter responsibilities

  • Paint the interiors of apartments, condos, townhomes and other multi-family dwellings as required
  • Work with other construction professionals, such as carpenters, electricians and plumbers, to prepare units for lease
  • Protect all nearby furnishings and building materials before and during every painting job, including carpets, cabinetry, outlet covers, lighting fixtures and landscaping
  • Collaborate with other professional painters on larger jobs
  • Practice self-supervision on small jobs and ensure you complete each project in an efficient, timely manner
  • Match paint samples for touch-ups and other small projects
  • Meet with property managers to discuss color and finish options as well as other design details for leasing spaces

Painter 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 Painter skills

  • High school diploma/GED preferred
  • 2+ years’ residential or commercial painting experience required
  • Reliable transportation and clean driving record
  • Ability to complete projects on-time and on-budget
  • Excellent communication and team-building skills

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