You have to write a job description to fill an open position – fun, right? No, it isn’t. First you pace. Then you fidget. Then you clean your desk. Just before you tear your hair out, you phone a friend. Do you have any job descriptions I can copy? You wing it – and it’s finally done. Thank goodness that’s over. Another job description finished.

Nobody really likes job descriptions. Nobody likes them because they are very hard to create and because they simply don’t get you what you want, no matter how well written they are. Don’t get me wrong, they do contain some information that is obviously necessary to understand the job; but in the end they are extremely limiting. No matter how many books you read or workshops you attend on the subject of job descriptions, it’s what they don’t or can’t say that really matters. It is what’s beyond the job description that really counts.

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