Last Updated: Mar 12, 2018
Job descriptions are important for attracting the right job candidates, helping employees understand their responsibilities, evaluating employees’ performance, and much more. Here are tips for writing good job descriptions.
Think of a job description as a “snapshot” of a job. The job description needs to communicate clearly and concisely what responsibilities and tasks the job entails and to indicate, as well, the key qualifications of the job – the basic requirements (specific credentials or skills) – and, if possible, the attributes that underlie superior performance.
Following is a quick look at the categories that make up a well-written job description:
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Educational requirements and experience requirements are the areas where inadvertent discrimination may occur. Educational requirements must be a real necessity for the job. If someone could accomplish the work with equivalent job experience but who lacks a specific credential, the job description should be modified. And to avoid age discrimination, experience should not include an upper limit.
Sample job description:
Title of the position
Senior Mailroom Clerk
Building Services Supervisor
Supervise mailroom staff and interface with all levels of management regarding mail and supply deliveries
Key areas of responsibility
Term of employment
Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, QuickBooks
Good communication skills
Ability to communicate technical information to nontechnical audiences
Handles administrative chores
Receives, sorts, and files monthly personnel action reports
Warning! A job description is generally regarded as a legal document. Any references to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin or nationality, or physical or mental disability is illegal.