How to write a Laborer 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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Laborer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise 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 specialised, consider including the specialisation 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 Laborer job titles

    Labourer
    Skilled Labourer
    Construction Labourer
    Labourer (Part-Time)
    Construction Worker

Laborer 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 Laborer job summary

We are looking for a crew of efficient, safety-minded Labourers for a residential construction development. We have long-term work available for the right candidate in a variety of positions. Applicants should have residential construction industry experience and access to reliable transportation. Labourers with special skills, such as concrete finishing and carpentry, are in especially high demand. We offer a consistent work schedule, free on-site meals and competitive pay. The ideal candidates will be capable of working with minimal oversight but willing to follow directions closely. Additionally, he or she should be familiar with construction industry safety standards and procedures to ensure project security.

Laborer 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 organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Laborer responsibilities

    Climb to heights and conduct work with proper safety restraints
    Lift heavy loads up to 30 kg and navigate construction job site terrain
    Dig pits, trenches and foundations in preparation for job site construction
    Operate heavy machinery, including construction vehicles
    Identify utility lines
    Perform setup and cleanup tasks at job site
    Direct traffic when necessary to ensure safety of pedestrians, motorists and work crew
    Back-fill trenches and pits when necessary
    Provide labour support as needed for specialty crew
    Perform general maintenance of construction equipment and vehicles

Laborer 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 Laborer skills

    School leaver’s certificate preferred
    2+ years’ construction industry experience preferred
    Basic understanding of construction principles and procedures
    Ability to operate a manual transmission vehicle
    Comfort working in high-stress environment with extreme weather fluctuations

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