Job Descriptions: A Key HR Tool

On the surface, a job description seems to have a basic purpose — summarize the duties of a position —but the significance of this document is far greater. A well-constructed job description:

  • Clearly defines the responsibilities of the job and requirements of the applicant
  • Serves as your initial communication with potential future employees
  • Structures job interviews
  • Answers a business need — and is not made-to-order for a specific individual
  • Establishes performance expectations
  • Supports an HR strategy and in turn, a company-wide strategy

Download the presentation by ES&A Director Trisha Gibo, ES&A Professional Development DirectorArlene Odagiri and ES&A HR Services Advisor Shareen Poynter on how to craft and employ this essential HR/management tool.