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5 Essential Components Every Job Description Needs

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Before you start the interviewing process at your company, it is vital that there is a job description unique to each position. Job descriptions provide the employee with an understanding of their duties and responsibilities and provide the employer with a basis for employee reviews, salary increases, and career goals. 


5 essential components that should be in each unique job description should be: 

  1. Heading information. This should include job title, pay grade or range, hours or shifts, and the likelihood of overtime or weekend work.
  2. Summary objective of the job. List the general responsibilities and descriptions of key tasks, relationships with customers & co-workers, and the results expected of incumbent employees.
  3. Qualifications. State the education, experience, training, and technical skills necessary for success in the position.
  4. Special demands. This should include any extraordinary conditions applicable to the job (for example, heavy lifting, exposure to temperature extremes, prolonged standing, or travel).
  5. Job duties and responsibilities. Only two features of job responsibility are important: identifying tasks that comprise about 90 to 95 percent of the work done and listing tasks in order of the time consumed (or, sometimes, in order of importance).


Job descriptions can help the sourcing process flow smoothly by giving candidates an idea if the position will be a great fit for them or not and will eliminate unfit candidates. Job descriptions are important and they should be created with great care and kept up to date.

Bizhaven can partner with you to provide unique job descriptions that will benefit you and your employees’ growth. 

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