On the surface, a job description seems to have a basic purpose — summarize the duties of a position —but the significance of this document is far greater. A well-constructed job description:
Clearly defines the responsibilities of the job and requirements of the applicant
Serves as your initial communication with potential future employees
Structures job interviews
Answers a business need — and is not made-to-order for a specific individual
Establishes performance expectations
Supports an HR strategy and in turn, a company-wide strategy
See the presentation, “Job Descriptions: A Key HR Tool,” by ES&A Director Trisha Gibo, ES&A Professional Development Director Arlene Odagiriand ES&A HR Services Advisor Shareen Poynter on how to craft and employ this essential HR/management tool.