2: Creating a Job Description

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Steps to writing a job description

Why do you need job descriptions?

  • A job description guides you to the right employee for the task.
  • Every position in your company needs a job description.
  • Having a job description can avoid “duty-creep” within all your positions.
  • It helps you determine who is doing their job and who isn’t.
  • It adds value to your company.
  • It makes performance reviews much easier.

Action Items:

  • Create a job description for every position in your company. Not just the one you are hiring for.
  • Establish a review and maintenance program to keep them current.
  • Use the free CareerOneStop.org template to get started.
  • Join the SmallBiz Brainiac Facebook group.


  • You can find a free job description template at CareerOneStop.org.
  • Stay tuned for coming episodes when we learn about these other steps in the hiring process:
    • recruiting
    • interviewing
    • making the job offer
    • onboarding
    • orientation

About the author, Thomas

I have 20 of years insurance industry experience in C-level management, focusing on all aspects of workers compensation, risk management, loss control, employee benefits, HR, payroll and professional employer organization (“PEO”) operations. Currently, I am the owner and CEO of Humanly HR, and founder and host of SmallBiz Brainiac; a podcast providing employer intelligence to small business owners.

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