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Job descriptions

Job descriptions

Updated on:
August 22, 2022


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What are Job descriptions? 

Job descriptions are detailed descriptions of a job. They are used by employers and job candidates the same to identify job responsibilities and requirements. 

The description should detail what a job actually demands such as duties, tasks, and responsibilities. The more detailed the job description, the more time and money you will save in the recruiting process.

In addition to helping employers define the job’s requirements and responsibilities, job descriptions may also specify the required education, experience, and other skills a candidate must have.

Why are job descriptions necessary?

Job descriptions are necessary in order to help potential employees understand what is expected of them in a given role. They also help employers to identify the skills and experience that a candidate needs in order to be successful in a given role. Additionally, job descriptions can help to clarify the duties and responsibilities of a role, and can be used as a tool for performance management.

What should job description include? 

  1. Job title 
  2. Job qualifications 
  3. Job duties and responsibilities
  4. Job purpose 
  5. Preferred qualifications 
  6. Working conditions 
  7. Company culture