Update Your Job Descriptions and Hire Smart

The employees you hire can make or break your business. Don’t make the common error of skipping the job analysis and updating of job descriptions. Take the time to figure out your staffing needs and know what you’re looking for in an employee before you actually start looking. This exercise will save you time and money in the long run. 

1. Smart hiring starts with a true understanding of the requirements of the job being   filled.  Answer these questions – collaborate with others in order to get feedback from team members or individuals who have performed the job duties in the past.

  • What are the mental / physical tasks involved (ranging from judging, planning and managing to cleaning, lifting and welding)?
  • How will the job get done (what methods or equipment will be used)?
  • Why does the job exist (goals and how they relate to others and company mission)?
  • What qualifications are truly required? (training, knowledge, skills, personality traits, education)?

 2. Write a performance-based job description. This should outline the job’s goals, responsibilities, and duties.

  • Write down the job title and to whom that person will report.
  • Summarize the position’s major and minor duties.
  • Define how the job fits into the organizational chart and mission.
  • Include salary range and benefits.
  • Finish with physical requirements and any occupational hazards.

 3. Use the job analysis and job description to help guide your recruitment strategy.

  • Determine if you need a part or full-time employee on a permanent or temporary basis.
  • Set a desired hire date based on why the position is open and the critical nature of the role.
  • Target the ideal candidate pool.
  • Perform performance-based interviews.

 These steps may seem elementary. However, I’m continuously amazed at how many of us have outdated, archaic job descriptions that don’t represent the evolution of our firms’ mission or functional / technical roles. Accountability starts with clear expectations.

Chris Carlson, Aureus Group Regional Manager
Chris Carlson, Aureus Group Regional Manager

About Chris Carlson
Chris is an experienced executive in the staffing industry. She has extensive experience in developing and implementing operational analyses and programs and has assisted hundreds of firms streamline processes and upgrade the competencies of its workforce. Finding innovative ways to generate new business and build teams is her passion. She has developed and executed many successful strategic marketing plans. Chris began her career at Aureus Group, a full-service professional recruiting firm, in 1994 and currently serves as the regional manager of Aureus Group specializing in the Finance & Accounting, Systems and Executive search areas.

In addition, Chris is a Certified Professional Consultant, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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