Job Descriptions: Guiding Principles

A complete, concise, and accurate job description will help classify each position and will serve as the basis for recruiting, training, and evaluating employees and as a guide for developing performance standards.

A well-written job description should be easily understood by anyone who reads it - not only by those familiar with the position. Some technical abbreviations, language, or documentation unique to the unit may be quite understandable when used within the unit, but might require further explanation for classification. When writing a job description, always be clear, concise, and complete.

A results-oriented description explains why functions are performed and allows you to more effectively manage the objectives of the position; it also helps the Compensation Consultant evaluate the position more quickly and effectively.