Tips About Job Descriptions

Well-composed job descriptions are communication tools that are significant in an organization’s success and can avoid confusion and disappointment.  Shallow, poorly written descriptions can discourage qualified employment candidates from pursuing what could be the ideal position for them, and perhaps a perfect match for the employer.  

Descriptions should clearly spell out the details and responsibilities of a specific job and include information about knowledge, background and skills needed to perform the required functions.  However, wordy descriptions can be as negative as wordy resumes.  

The best descriptions are those that are updated as responsibilities change and do not limit employees, but rather, encourage them to stretch their experience, grow their skills, and develop their ability to contribute to the organization’s goals.

Keeping descriptions current and flexible is not an easy thing to do.  It is a good idea to review appropriate changes on a regular basis.  We recommend a disclaimer stating that the description is not intended to cover every facet of duties/responsibilities and is subject to change at management’s discretion.

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