September 23, 2008
The Lost Art of the Job Description
Okay, so maybe it was never a found art. But it seems like it’s harder to find job descriptions that have all of these three key ingredients:
1. What the job actually consists of. What would this person really be doing in an average week/month?
2. How this function fits into the organization. Who are the other members of the team? How does this team interact with other teams or groups to produce products or services?
3. What the company or organization provides, and for what customer groups or audiences.
What if employers were to incorporate all of these elements into their descriptions? Would it be easier to find qualified candidates?
We think probably so. But, we’re grateful anyway that they need our help. And sometimes we start with an overhaul of the job description.