Category: Job Descriptions

You use job descriptions for everything from hiring to evaluation, so you want your descriptions to be as precise as possible. Use our tips to help you refine your job descriptions, stay competitive in your industry, and attract the best qualified employees.

Why Proper Worker Classification Is So Important

Ensuring the proper classification of workers is a concern for many reasons. Taxes, employment laws and employee benefits are the main ones. Have you run into situations where you were unsure of whether a worker should be classified as an employee or contractor?


JDs a Strategic Tool for TM

Job descriptions (JDs) are the foundation of your integrated talent management (ITM) infrastructure, says consultant Gordon Medlock, but most organizations currently do not link JD content to most of their talent management processes. And that’s a missed opportunity. Why Is There No Linkage? Medlock, who is Senior Talent Management Consultant at HRIZONS, offers the following […]


Harnessing Technology to Manage JDs and Talent Management

Yesterday’s Advisor featured consultant Gordon Medlock’s tips for managing job descriptions in today’s integrated environment. Today, the need to link the JDs to your Integrated Talent Management (ITM) program. Talent management won’t work without the technology required to support it, says Medlock, who is Senior Talent Management Consultant with HRIZONS. Tech support should provide: Management […]


Are You Attractive to Potential Employees?

It is quite simple. In order to attract the best employees, you must look as if you are the best company to work for. Appearance is everything. A very basic first step in managing your image is to review how you present your company, says Jasmine Rojas, BLR® legal editor.   For instance, while you […]


Where to Start with Your Job Descriptions? Use Our Questionnaire

In Yesterday’s Advisor, we covered the basic pitfalls in job description writing. Today, a handy job analysis questionnaire you can use, plus good news—there’s a checklist-based audit system for you to use to evaluate all your HR practices. Here’s a basic questionnaire that you can use to write new job descriptions (or to review existing […]


Where Job Descriptions Fail and How to Fix Yours

Even when they are accurate to begin with (not always the case), it’s all too easy for job descriptions to get out of date, and that causes all sorts of problems, practical and legal, for employers. The most typical problems have to do with job specifications that are inaccurate. They either require something that isn’t […]

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Q&A on Job Descriptions, Essential Functions, and Reasonable Accommodation

If an employee with a disability is reassigned to a vacant position that better accommodates the disability, but this position does not pay as well as the one they started in, can the employee’s pay be reduced? Can having a high school diploma or GED be a job requirement? What happens if a disabled employee […]


4 Benefits of Effective Job Descriptions

Writing job descriptions may seem to be an onerous task, but if done well, there can be many benefits for your organization. “Unfortunately, not all hiring managers and companies value a well-developed job description. So, it’s critical to understand the rewards – along with the mitigating risks as they apply to federal, state and local […]


What is the Purpose of a Job Description?

Some organizations have very structured job descriptions, with detailed processes and automated systems to keep up with job descriptions. However, other organizations have more limited resources or may not have a formal human resources department, or may not have an embedded process for creating and maintaining effective job descriptions. If this describes your organization, check […]


Should You Meet the Market, Lead It, or Lag It?

In yesterday’s Advisor, consultant Michael Strand began laying out seven key steps to move to market pricing. Today, the rest of the steps, plus news—your job descriptions are rewritten and ready to go. Strand, owner of consultancy HR Dynamics Inc., offered his seven steps to successful market pricing at a recent webinar hosted by BLR/HRhero. […]