Why Job Descriptions Are More Important Than You Think

Many business owners overlook the importance of a proper job description as it doesn’t appear (on the surface) to provide proportionate value relevant to the time it takes to create. However, when a job description is well written, it provides a realistic look at what the new employee can expect to encounter in the role, and forms the foundation of many other aspects of the position.

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Benefits of a Well Written Job Description

  • It helps the employer communicate how the duties associated with the position aligns with the company’s mission and values.
  • It forms the foundation of the job ad and the entire recruitment process, making sure that the successful applicant will be able to take on the duties associated with the role.
  • It helps to identify areas for training and orientation.
  • It allows you to properly assess the position and compare to the market value, making sure that you are paying your employees properly. This also helps as the role grows and changes, you can readjust payment to make sure your employees are paid for the work they are contributing.
  • It outlines the expectations and communicates them to the employee. In a performance meeting, the job description serves as the basis for measuring the success of the candidate in the position. This is also a great time to look at the description to see if it needs to be changed.

Taking the time to create a proper job description reduces the amount of time you spend communicating roles, responsibilities, and how the position is strategically aligned with the organization’s goals. It can also reduce the amount of time spent on performance management when one of these items is unclear to the employee. 

About the Author

ProfileScott Keenan is a Recruiter for Priority Personnel Inc., with several years’ experience recruiting in both the public and private sectors in addition to marketing and social media roles. As a self-described professional cynic, he provides unique insight into modern recruiting from both the recruiter and candidate’s perspective. You can follow him on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn