How to Convey Culture Through Job Descriptions
Spot-on job descriptions are crucial to bringing in the right talent into your organization. Many companies create job descriptions that only convey the technical skills they require on the job - and they believe that their job descriptions are good enough.
However, contrary to what most recruiters believe, a job description doesn’t just have to be about the "work", it has to be about the "work culture" too!
You aren’t just looking for well-qualified candidates to fill in the vacancy, you are also looking to create a team that syncs with the company’s culture. A team that is seamlessly integrates the company’s values.
And to put together a team like this, there are some things you need to keep in mind while creating job descriptions.
You Don’t Have to Do It Alone
Managers typically take the sole responsibility of writing the job descriptions and end up creating ineffective ones. The associate director of P&N, Helene Wall, speaks against the idea of considering it a one-person task. According to her, an effective job description is a result of three kinds of inputs:
One from the HR department, that makes sure the job is complying with strategic objectives of the business.
One from the person who’s supervising the position. They will ensure that the description has every detail about the duties and responsibilities relevant to the job.
One from the employee currently working for the same position. They will provide real insights about the job and any flaw that needs to be worked out.
Identify the What, How, and WHY
Once you’ve picked out the people who’ll be helping you with writing the description; identify the What, How and Why.
This will include everything that needs to be a part of the description including the role objectives, role responsibilities, desired experience, benefits, company description etc.—basically think of all the headers you want to add to your JD
Continue to explain each header, giving reasons to the candidate as to why working in your organization wouldn’t be an ordinary experience.
Further discuss in detail how the candidate can achieve success and be productive at your organization. According to Helene Wall, this "…is conveyed by including not only what is necessary in the job, but why it is necessary, who is involved in development and growth, and how the successful performance supports the culture and contributes to the overall success of the organization."
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Posted by: Mitchell Riley
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