A job description is a critical tool for recruiting and interviewing, and important for the employee to understand the role’s responsibilities and expectations. Job descriptions need to be constantly updated as the roles evolve and aligned with performance management tools. Besides a listing of responsibilities, the job description should also include the required critical competencies (including soft skills such as ‘personable’ or ‘good listener’). These documents can also be used by employees who are exploring other career paths or want to understand how to develop in order to be promoted.
- Guide to writing job descriptions. Useful tips to help you describe the jobs tasks and duties (UCLA).
- Why job descriptions make good business sense (About.com/HR).
- Writing job descriptions for small business. Provides commonly used terms for describing job functions (Ohio State Univ).