HIRING TIP OF THE MONTH: Write killer job descriptions, improve your hiring, company culture and so much more.
Ah, the humble job description. It’s not as flashy as the job ad, not as revered as the job offer, but in terms of its level of importance as a company document, it ranks very high. Or at least, it should. That’s because in addition to a solid, customized job description being extremely beneficial to your hiring efforts, it’s also very useful in other critical ways.
Your company brand and culture should be in there
If you understand the role of the job description in your company, then you know that it is an integral part of your hiring, promotion and retention efforts. It does more than just outline what a position entails. It explains to your employees what their roles and responsibilities are and how they contribute to the success of the enterprise.
The job description is as important for employers as it is for potential and new employees. “A job description needs to be well crafted to spell out what is expected from that position and still give a positive sense of your company’s culture and brand,” says Tina Hamilton, PHR, myHR Partner president. “You will use these documents not only to figure out compensation packages, but also to help outline things such as expectations, career advancement opportunities and required training.”
It isn’t easy crafting a job description that does all that. For one thing, it requires a clear understanding of the work that needs to be done and the type of skillsets best suited to fill the position at hand. For another, a good job description should give employees a sense of what lies ahead for them. And let’s not forget that there are state and federal regulations to consider too.
A well written job description is a tool that:
- Assists in the development of interview questions and screening criteria during the hiring process
- Clearly defines the given role at your company
- Communicates how an employee fits into his or her role and into the organization
- Defines what an employee’s contributions mean to your overall mission and brand
- Becomes a useful tool in performance management, coaching, employee development and retention efforts on an ongoing basis
As you can see, it is important to put real thought into the entire life cycle of a position when crafting a job description. Treat job descriptions as important resources for your talent management strategies. A job description is a tool that employers can use again and again to build their best teams.
Job descriptions need work? Let us help you!
At myHR Partner, we have the expertise to create job descriptions to fit your organization’s needs, and we can help analyze, create or update existing job descriptions as well. We can handle a few jobs or large-scale projects in business, retail, non-profit, academia and more.