Many of us who have experienced the working world have had some type of experience with job searching and recruitment. From the perspective of an employee, one of the main reasons for applying to a certain type of job is what the job entails. A person looking for work may come across a job description of what they would be doing exactly. The way the company describes this type of job will either make it or break it for the job searcher on whether they want to apply.
From an employer and HR perspective, job descriptions can be tricky to maintain, but are also important and vital for the company. Most companies will have job descriptions, but the difficult part is staying up to date with the descriptions. The tasks of the job can change within a year, and that is what happened with my personal experience. When I applied for an internship a summer ago, the job description told me that I would be in the field surveying for one summer and then work in the office for a week or two, but by the time I started that summer, the internship program had changed and I was surveying all summer. Keeping up with the task description can help new employees know what to expect when going into a new job.
If a company decided to not use job descriptions, then the challenges for the company would be difficulty in attracting potential new candidates since many candidates would blow over the job opening since there is no description. Personally, whenever I don’t see a job description, it makes me slightly nervous since if I did apply and got the job, then I would have no idea of what tasks and skills I would need for the job.
Overall, job descriptions are very important for companies and their overall job design and success.