However, not having a detailed job description before embarking into the hiring process, is often one of the most common hiring mistakes made by small businesses.
A detailed job description will be helpful in attracting the right candidates for the position, as well as providing clear guidelines to the new employee with reference to what the job will entail, and the expectations required to successfully take on the position.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, “a job description should be practical, clear and accurate in order to effectively define the employee’s needs.” The job title and the overall objective of the job should be clearly stated. In addition, it should include an outline to specifically identify the tasks involved, the methods that will be used to complete those tasks, the purpose and responsibilities of the position, the relationship of the particular job to other jobs within the company, and the qualifications needed for the job.
Additional help can be obtained through the SBA (Small Business Administration), which offers many services to business owners at no cost. Its SCORE Chapter (Service Corps of Retired Executives) has an office located in Aurora, IL with retired executives ready to answer many of the questions a small business may have–including writing effective job descriptions.
Preparing a job description may require some preliminary work, but, if done in advance, the results are bound to give both the employer and the employee both clarity and purpose to ensure hiring and retaining the right employee for the job.
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