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Blog Assignment #2- My Experience with Job Descriptions and the Importance of Developing and Maintaining Them

  April 22nd, 2022

Well written job descriptions are a tool used for recruiting, performance management, and compensation for a company. Employers have to focus on a variety of things when writing a job description, ensuring that it thoroughly and accurately outlines the duties of the job. The importance of a well written description is heavily related to the fact that it tells an applicant what the position will require. In my experience, good job descriptions have assured me that I have the necessary skills the employer is looking for while also listing the qualities they are looking for within an applicant. I have also run across out-dated looking job descriptions. This not only causes confusion in me, but I begin to wonder if I have all the skills the employer is looking for. Thorough job descriptions make the job hunting process a lot easier, but it also helps keep the applicant aware of all the possible duties the job may entail. Definitely keeps you prepared. 

There are a lot of challenges that companies face when developing and maintaining updated job descriptions. In order to overcome these challenges, some companies can externally hire a company that would perform a job analysis. This analysis would help determine what job descriptions need updating, as well as further develop other job descriptions within the company. At a minimum, these analyses would allow for companies to review their descriptions accurately while ensuring that the necessary components for a thorough job description are added. These necessary components should include what are called KSAOs; Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics. Additional information on job identification, job summary, task statements, physical demand, and working conditions should be specified in thorough job descriptions. Companies that have good job descriptions also protect themselves as applicants are able to better assess if they are a good fit for the job.


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