How to write a Software Engineer 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 Engineer 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 Software Engineer job titles

    Software Engineer
    Senior Software Engineer
    Software Engineer (with Python Proficiency)
    Software Development Engineer
    Software Developer

Software Engineer 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 Engineer job summary

Do you get a kick out of watching software unfold before your eyes? Do you dream about code every night? If so, we’d love to talk to you about a new product we’re developing in the social media space. We’re looking for a top-notch Software Engineer who always sweats the small stuff and cares about impeccable code. If you see glitches as an enjoyable challenge rather than a hardship and if you are willing to put in long hours to see a project come to fruition, get in touch with us today.

Software Engineer 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 Software Engineer responsibilities

    Expand existing software to meet the changing needs of our key demographics
    Develop a new software product from the ground up, staying true to our company’s core values and needs while lending your own creativity to the mix
    Focus on creating fault-tolerant programming
    Create scaleable, automated solutions for our customer base
    Establish multi-platform versions of the software package
    Write tests for existing and created code to ensure compatibility and stability

Software Engineer 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 Engineer skills

    Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering or Information Technology
    7+ years’ software development or programming experience
    Extensive experience with Java, Python, C++ and other programming languages
    In-depth understanding of HTML5, CSS3 and CMSs
    Team player attitude with a willingness to lead when necessary
    Devotion to continuing education on an annual basis
    Working knowledge of SQL

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