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The Importance of Job Descriptions

QUESTION:

How much weight should be placed on job descriptions? How can you gain buy-in from senior management on the importance of job descriptions?

ANSWER:

Well-crafted, detailed job descriptions can serve as multi-purpose tools—and have a significant impact on an organization.

Unfortunately, job descriptions tend to get a bad rep because they take time to create; are mistakenly viewed as non-essential documents; and are rarely referenced. The problem is typically two-fold: Companies are not crafting good job descriptions, and they don’t know how to use them.

No doubt about it, the crafting part is time consuming. Nevertheless, if you take the time to write job descriptions the right way, you’ll reap the benefits.

Job descriptions that specify required education and skills and provide details about job tasks are essential.

Recruiting and Hiring

Perhaps the most obvious use for a job description is as a tool for recruiting and hiring. Before you advertise an open position or r...

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