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How to write a good job description for your vacant role
By Judith Lindenberger
Think of a job description as a “snapshot” of a job. The job description needs to communicate clearly and concisely what responsibilities and tasks the job entails and to indicate, as well, the key qualifications of the job – the basic requirements (specific credentials or skills) – and, if possible, the attributes that underlie superior performance.
Following is a quick look at the categories that make up a well-written job description:
Educational requirements and experience requirements are the areas where inadvertent discrimination may occur. Educational requirements must be a real necessity for the job. If someone could accomplish the work with equivalent job experience but who lacks a specific credential, the job description should be modified. And to avoid age discrimination, experience should not include an upper limit.
|Computer literate||Proficient with Microsoft Word,
|Good communication skills||Ability to communicate technical information to nontechnical audiences|
|Handles administrative chores||Receives, sorts, and files monthly personnel action reports|
Warning! A job description is generally regarded as a legal document. Any references to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin or nationality, or physical or mental disability is illegal.