How to Spice Up Your Dusty Old Job Descriptions

Posted by Kathi Guiney on October 4, 2017, Job Descriptions | No Comments

The bad news is, after 30 years with the company, your VP of Operations is retiring at the end of the year. So you’d better start looking for a replacement, and fast! But do you even know what you’re looking for? Your VP has been in the position since the Reagan era, and nobody remembers what the position looked like before that. It’s up to you to investigate: What is the position supposed to do? What does your current VP actually do? What type of candidate will fit best? …because you have to write the job description that will nab your next 30-year VP. (more…)

How to Write Spooktacular Job Descriptions

Posted by Kathi Guiney on October 29, 2015, Job Descriptions | No Comments

Aww, BOO! As a Halloween trick-more-than-treat for your office, Janice, your all-seeing and all-knowing Finance director, just announced her resignation. In two weeks. After 25 years with the company. How’s that for scary? And what’s worse, you now have the daunting task of quickly replacing this seemingly irreplaceable employee who has been with the company for as long as anyone can remember. Best dust the cobwebs off the old job description and jump in. (more…)

Job Descriptions That Work for You

Posted by Kathi Guiney on February 29, 2012, Job Descriptions | No Comments

Think fast—after 30 years with the company, Bob, your VP of Sales, just announced his retirement. Coming in two weeks. (And a Happy Leap Day to you, too, Bob.) That’s not a lot of time for you, the HR rep, to prepare, especially since no one remembers that position without Bob. You may not be sure where to begin answering your questions: What does the position require these days? What type of candidate will work best? And more important, what will you write on the cake? (more…)

Are Your Job Descriptions Working for You?

Posted by Kathi Guiney on August 10, 2011, Job Descriptions | No Comments

As the economy slowly recovers from layoffs and hiring freezes, the competition is heating up to fill vacancies with the best-qualified applicants.  For many management and HR teams, long spells of labor-pool lethargy have left them feeling out of practice.  If you need time to reacclimate to the hiring process, you’re not alone.  The good news is, there’s no better time to review current recruitment strategies and revisit ways to attract the best and brightest candidates.  One way to do that is through effectively written job descriptions. (more…)

Whose Job Description Is It?

Posted by Kathi Guiney on June 15, 2011, Job Descriptions | 1 Comment

Your phone is ringing.  Should you pick it up or not?  You know it’s HR, and you know what they want.  “We need a job description for that new position in your group.”  You sigh and start typing into the company’s job description template.

Too often job descriptions are seen as just something else human resources requires.  As a consequence, the document is assembled in a hurry, “cut and pasted” from other job descriptions, downloaded off the internet, or left to human resources to divine from just bits of information received during a brief hallway conversation.  Not a good start to creating a quality document!