The Importance of a Good Job Description

One of the most important pieces in the entire recruitment process is the Job Description.

When considering an addition or replacement to any staff lineup you have to ask yourself, have we clearly defined the role and responsibilities of the position?   Most jobs are pretty self-explanatory right?  Sales representatives sell, accountants count and merchandisers, merchandise.  It all seems pretty simple – not quite so.

How many times have you heard, “it’s not in my job description.”   We can resolve this problem quite simply.  Every individual within the organization or on your team needs a job description.

A clearly defined job description clarifies the role and responsibility so that everyone knows exactly what he or she is supposed to do and what the company’s expectations are.

The importance of a job description:

  • Improves the corporate culture as it is clear what it means to do a “good job” and what it means to “go above and beyond”.
  • Assists in the recruitment process.  By clearly defining the role you are looking to fill, it is easy for potential candidates to understand your expectations of them.
  • In addition, the candidate gets a sense of the definitive career paths within your organization.  Individuals more junior can see early what it takes to secure a job more senior than their own, if that is the route they want to pursue.

A good job description will:

  • Explain the major functions, duties and responsibilities of the job.
  • Highlight the specific skills that are most relevant to the job.
  • Explain what it’s like to work in your environment.

A job description will rarely be a laundry list of every single task associated with a job.

As a business stakeholder, manager or owner you are likely responsible for defining the roles of those who work within your organization but you don’t have to go it alone. Invite those currently executing the job to provide feedback on what they think their job is and what it should be. This can be a very revealing exercise!

In most cases, job descriptions do not need to be overly complex especially if you are a small company.

With excerpts from www.expertbusinesssource.com





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