How to write a Software Developer 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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Software Developer 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 Software Developer job titles

    Software Developer
    Junior Software Developer
    Java Applications Developer
    Software Developer (Full-Time)
    Software Engineer

Software Developer 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 Software Developer job summary

Our company creates some of the world’s most cutting-edge software products, and we want you to be a part of our team. We are currently in search of an experienced Software Developer to create and maintain software, in-house hardware and network systems. The successful candidate will also help to develop critical products for our clients, and offer excellent technical support. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage in a positive and creative work environment that offers excellent benefits and flexible schedules.

Software Developer 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 Software Developer responsibilities

    Develop and implement new software programs
    Maintain and improve the performance of existing software
    Clearly and regularly communicate with management and technical support colleagues
    Design and update software database
    Test and maintain software products to ensure strong functionality and optimization
    Recommend improvements to existing software programs as necessary

Software Developer 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 Software Developer skills

    Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science required
    2+ years’ experience in web and software development
    Demonstrated knowledge of web technologies, such as HTML, CSS and Javascript
    Ability to work independently and multi-task effectively
    Demonstrated understanding of projects from the perspective of both client and business
    Flexible and willing to accept a change in priorities as necessary
    Strong attention to detail

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