1. An accurate job description clarifies the expectations of a job, and whether a candidate’s qualifications meet the requirements of the position.
A job description should outline skills, knowledge, abilities and experience needed by a potential employee so applicants can determine whether there is a match between the job’s requirements and their own expertise. For example, if a minimum of three years’ experience is specified, people with less than three years of work experience need not apply. The key components of good job descriptions are job title, statement of purpose and objective, reporting structure, duties and responsibilities. In other words: essential function, qualification, working condition and disclaimer.
Typical disclaimers are:
• The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
• This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee. It is used as a guide for personnel actions and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.