Our Little Secret… How to Write Better Job Descriptions

August 9th, 2013

Writing a job description is not usually at the top of the list for Human Resources professionals. Job descriptions are often legal documents that are filed away never to be seen again, however it may be an important addition to your recruiting arsenal. What if we told you that writing a killer job description would help you land talented employees for your jobs? Here are some updated tips.

  1. Don’t over-focus on physical requirements. From a legal standpoint is a good idea to have the physical expectations of the job on paper, however they can be better. Some job descriptions make it sound like supervisors will micromanage every break and every action. Take a hard look at the physical requirements of the job. If an employee will be sitting at a desk for prolonged periods of time you may want to talk about the encouragement of breaks. If there will be heavy lifting, include the weight and safety measures you have in place.
  2. Skip the comprehensive list of duties. Some managers do this to counter the argument that something isn’t in their job description. In truth, what you’ve done is created a situation where someone can say exactly that. Instead, focus on the results of this position. Talk about how the role will interact with other people in the company and with your customers. Do this to create a results oriented workplace.
  3. Understand that creativity drives innovation. Experts say that American ingenuity is on the decline. Because we have built such a pervasive culture of corporate micromanagement many of our employees feel stifled on the job and are unwilling to try new things. Suggest that creative problem solving is a key aspect to this job. You should feel confident that your new hires are talented at what they do and able to succeed if they are left to work on their projects.
  4. Can you skip the job description? Employment laws are always changing so it is important to keep up the documentation. Job descriptions can provide the legal basis for many situations that can arise for a corporation.  If you assume that no one is going to read their job description you’ve already indicated that it is not important. Instead, make it an important aspect of the job. If you write job descriptions that are readable and exciting you can open new doors for your own employees.

Do you need a boost to attract the best talent? Contact Meador Staffing to find out how we can help you today!    

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