A job description is like a sales ad; a poorly written one will turn away valuable prospects, even when the advertised object is of the best quality.
As a company or recruiting firm, you want to ensure your job ads are well written in detail because job descriptions are essential in acquiring the best-suited talents such as your business specifically requires.
Importance of Job Descriptions
- Job descriptions provide candidates with sufficient information to help them understand their expected responsibilities.
- They form the foundation from where you develop your interview questions
- Job descriptions also serve as a benchmark in assessing whether an applicant meets up to expectations.
- If an employee is falling short, you can use the job description to access where training is needed (performance management).
- They can help you ensure your staffing and staff duties align with your company’s goals and culture.
- They give you a legal stance to defend yourself regarding why you employed or turned down an applicant.
- In evaluating wages, job descriptions offer some context regarding why a position is compensated in a particular way.
- These precise details can help save time by sorting out potential candidates from generic applicants. Without a clear description, anyone may apply even when they do not have the required skill set because you didn’t specify. And having to go through all the resumes is a waste of valuable time
What a Job Description Ought to Contain
A job description should be a written narrative that outlines the general responsibilities, related duties, and expectations of the candidate.
A typical job description should contain the following sections:
- Job title
- A summary of the critical duties
- The responsibilities in more details
- A description of the skills, knowledge, and experience required
- An identification of where the job falls in the organization’s hierarchy
- The general values all team members should maintain
- A salary range (nothing too specific).
Whether you’re a staffing agency or a company looking for new labor, always remember that job descriptions create a clear path towards hiring the best-fit candidate that fills the opening.