What is a Job Description?
By Leo Isaac, 2010
A job description is a key element in the process of
recruiting and managing the human resources of an organisation.
A job description has many purposes:
- Helps people to understand jobs within the organisations
- Helps the organisation management to find the right person
for the job
- Provides objectives and guidance for people who take on
- Useful in advertising vacant jobs
- Ensures some consistency in performance of people who
take on a job
Ideally an organisation should have job descriptions
for volunteers and paid staff.
Position descriptions for a voluntary jobs do not need
to be as complex as for paid staff, but they are still needed.
Typical sections of a job description include:
- The type of employment i,e, full-time, part-time, casual
- Organisation relationships, including who the holder of the job reports to, and whether the holder of the job has any responsibility for supervising/managing staff.
- The purpose of the job within the organisation. This section may state the most important objectives of the job
- Key duties of the job. In this section, the job description sets out e more lengthy account of the regular tasks that the incumbent of the job will undertake
- Key selection criteria, this is the criteria against which any applicants for the job will be assessed.
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