The Job Description Handbook [NOOK Book]


Everything you need to define the job, step by step

Every job has a description -- and if you craft it carefully, you can use a job description for effective hiring, new employee orientation, evaluating performances, discipline and plan for future growth. But if it's poorly written (or not written at all), your company can face all sorts of problems, from low employee morale...
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Everything you need to define the job, step by step

Every job has a description -- and if you craft it carefully, you can use a job description for effective hiring, new employee orientation, evaluating performances, discipline and plan for future growth. But if it's poorly written (or not written at all), your company can face all sorts of problems, from low employee morale to legal troubles.

To meet your company's changing needs, The Job Description Handbook, an all-in-one resource, can help you create HR documents that provide the details of every job's duties, requirements, qualifications -- and much more.

This book, written in Nolo's signature plain-English style, will help you:

-create a good job description
-hire qualified employees
-evaluate an employee's job performance
-plan for your company's future needs
-avoid legal traps
-troubleshoot a description

The book also provides checklists, worksheets, resources, sample language and step-by-step instructions that you can use to create job descriptions that will work in the real world.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Can help you turn a tedious task into a valuable management tool for hiring the best possible people."  Accounting Today
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413318562
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 3/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 864,450
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Margie Mader-Clark has worked at the highest levels of the HR profession for more than 15 years, primarily in the fast-paced world of Silicon Valley. She has experienced the power of good management -- and the devastating impact of poor management. Mader-Clark has worked with numerous companies to develop commonsense HR principles to guide their employment policies.
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Table of Contents


What Is a Job Description? 3

The Benefits of Using Job Descriptions 3

Why You Need to Know the Law 4

Who Should Read This Book 4

Who Wrote This Book 6

How to Use This Book 6

1 An Overview of Job Descriptions

Advantages of Creating and Using Job Descriptions 10

How Job Descriptions Fit Into the Broader Employment Picture 12

The Drafting Process 25

2 Avoiding Legal Pitfalls

Don't Discriminate 32

Don't Undermine At-Will Employment 44

Don't Make Promises You Can't (or Won't) Keep 46

Don't Violate Applicants' Privacy 47

Don't Create Overtime Classification Problems 49

3 Analyze and Define the Job

Consider the Big Picture 59

Identify the Keys to Success in Your Company and Your Department 65

Determine the Essential Functions of the Job 74

Determine Qualifications 81

Other Requirements 84

4 Writing the Job Description

Five Golden Rules for Writing Job Descriptions 93

Write the Job Functions, Responsibilities, and Requirements 99

Write the Job Summary 114

Gather Input on Your Job Description 117

5 Using Job Descriptions

Posting and Marketing the Job 126

Setting Pay Levels 141

Conducting Interviews 144

Orienting New Hires 148

Measuring and Managing Performance 155

6 Troubleshooting

Deciding Whether to Hire 166

Moving the Position to Another Department 168

If the Job Changes Over Time 170

Adding New Job Functions After an Employee Starts Work 171

Handling Coworker Concerns 172

Employees and Applicants With Disabilities 173


A How to Use the CD-ROM

Installing the Form Files Onto Your Computer 182

Using the Word Processing Files to Create Documents 183

Using the PowerPoint Presentation185

Files on the Forms CD-ROM 187

B Tools and Checklists

Exercise 1 Brainstorm Work Traits 191

Exercise 2 Brainstorm Job Functions 193

Exercise 3 Prioritize Job Functions 195

Exercise 4 Create Compelling Bullet Points 197

Exercise 5 Draft Interview Questions 199

Job Description Worksheet 201

Job Description Template 205

Golden Rules Checklist 207

Legal Issues Checklist 209

Job Posting Template 211

Interview Question Worksheet 213

90-Day Orientation Blueprint 215

C Sample Job Descriptions

Accounting Supervisor 219

Business Manager 221

Computer Programmer 223

Director of Human Resources 225

Employment Specialist 227

Events Coordinator 229

Executive Secretary 231

Flight Instructor 233

Manager, Competitive Intelligence 235

Network Analyst 237

Procurement Specialist 241

Receptionist 243

Regional Sales Director 245

Senior Director, Staffing 247

D Laws and Agencies

State Laws Prohibiting Discrimination in Employment 250

Agencies That Enforce Laws Prohibiting Discrimination in Employment 265

Departments of Labor 269


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