Developing job descriptions is an issue that many employers deliberate. Initially, some employers may be daunted by what they perceive to be a lengthy and complicated process. Yet, with constructive tools such as job analysis, sample job descriptions, and on-line resources like Career Onestop from the U.S. Department of Labor, informed employers are able to obtain valuable information about their organizations. This publication addresses relevant background information, which includes the role of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) in developing job descriptions, how to formulate job descriptions, special features of Career Onestop that assist with the development process, and relationship to the accommodation process.
A clear and compelling job description. It’s more complex than it first seems, but in this article I’ll be sure to make it easy. When a prospective candidate sees your job posting, they’re likely to be unaware of who you are, and what exactly your company is, and what you’re looking for.
To make it easier to create and manage job descriptions that are complete, clear and consistent, it is best to start with a job description template. The number of templates you need will depend on the variety of jobs in your organization, but as with all things - less is more. But while many HR professionals and managers agree that job description templates are a foundational talent management tool, many struggle with knowing exactly what to include in their templates.
Additionally, job descriptions are handy for both employees and managers: after hiring, both can refer back to the responsibilities and other information to gauge how well they’re doing their job and whether they’re matching expectations.