Most people rely on a job description to provide information that helps them decide whether or not to apply for a position. As an employer, providing well-written job descriptions can have equally as powerful benefits for you as it does for potential candidates.
Knowing how to use this resource to your advantage can help you polish your strategy for writing content.
Disclose job expectations
The most effective professional relationships have a strong foundation built on communication and respect. A job description provides a place for you to set expectations and communicate responsibilities from the start. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, you can discuss job performance measures including quantity and quality of work, as well as job-specific requirements and rules.
A job description that lacks details or is too vague may increase the chances of underqualified people applying for the position. Contrarily, a polished job description can help you recruit top talent.
Improve legal compliance
By law, you do not have to use job descriptions. However, they are an excellent tool to improve compliance with a host of legal aspects. For example, you can include information about exempt status, equal employment opportunities, ADA accommodations and anti-discrimination policies. Having all of this information readily available to applicants before you hire anyone can improve your company’s compliance with legal statutes.
Many people believe the purpose of job descriptions is to inform the public. While true, they can substantially benefit your company and protect you from unfounded legal repercussions as well. You may consider hiring an attorney to help you develop job descriptions that meet your personal and professional expectations.