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Job Descriptions: Developing & Using

 A job description is a useful, plain-language tool that explains the tasks, duties, function and responsibilities of a position. It details who performs a specific type of work, how that work is to be completed, and the frequency and the purpose of the work as it relates to the organization's mission and goals. Job descriptions are used for a variety of reasons, such as determining salary levels, conducting performance reviews, clarifying missions, establishing titles and pay grades, and creating reasonable accommodation controls, and as a tool for recruiting. Job descriptions are useful in career planning, offering training exercises and establishing legal requirements for compliance purposes. A job description gives an employee a clear and concise resource to be used as a guide for job performance. Likewise, a supervisor can use a job description as a measuring tool to ensure that the employee is meeting job expectations.

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Developing a Job Description
SHRM How-to-Guide

Checklist: Do Your Job Descriptions Need an Update for 2024?
Fisher Phillips | Dec 2023

SHRM Resources

Toolkit Performing Job Analysis

HRQA How do I conduct a job analysis to ensure the job description actually matches the duties performed by the employee in the job?

Database Job Descriptions

Worksheet Job Description

Express Request Determining Essential Functions

Reading and Listening

Job Descriptions Can Be Shield or Sword
Akerman | Apr 2019

Looking Ahead to Exhibit A: Tips For Drafting Job Descriptions for Exempt Employees
Seyfarth | Feb 2019

Video and Transcript: Job Description Mistakes You Don't Want to Make
Cozen O'Connor | Jan 2019

Court's Review Of Position Description Determines Outcome In FLSA Outside Sales Class Action
Fox Rothschild | Oct 2018

Podcast HR Law 101 Ep.4: What You Need to Know About Creating Effective Job Descriptions
Verrill Dana | Jun 2018

The Essential Role of the Job Description
Jackson Lewis | Mar 2018

Why You Should Let Employees Personalize Their Job Descriptions
Harvard Business Review via SHRM | May 2018


Job Descriptions
Job Accommodation Network

How Are Essential Functions Determined?
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

How to Develop Job Descriptions
Congressional Management Foundation

Online Job Description Writer
Career One Stop

Writing and Using Job Descriptions

Job Description Databases


Career Planner

University of Maryland

University of New Mexico

Sacramento Regional Transit District

Municipal Research and Services Center

For Purchase in SHRM Store

Software: SHRM Job Description Manager


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