Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tip #22: Writing Effective Job Descriptions


While “Jack of All Trades” might sound like a fitting job description for the position you are looking to fill, having a more specific title and description will help you find the most qualified job candidates. Additionally, an accurate job description helps both you and your employees to know what is expected of them and understand their roles within the company.

So, what should be included in a job description? We found the following tips in an article by the U.S. Small Business Administration and thought they would be great to pass along.

A job description includes:
  • Job title.
  • Job objective or overall purpose statement.
  • Summary of the general nature and level of the job (no longer than three to four sentences).
  • Description of the broad function and scope of the position.
  • List of duties or tasks performed critical to the success (including principal duties, continuing responsibilities and accountability of the occupant of the position).
  • Most important functional and relational responsibilities in order of significance.
  • Description of the relationships and roles within the company, including supervisory positions, subordinating roles and other working relationships.

Be sure to check out the full-length article for what not to include in a job description.


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