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Job descriptions done right

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As more and more managers prepare to do something they haven't done in years—hire people—they're having to think about writing good and useful job descriptions. Certainly, they probably can't use their old ones, written during the boom five years ago (or longer) for jobs that may not exist anymore, for their new hires.

For too many managers, writing a job description is a chore that they either dispense with too quickly or labor over too much. But when properly done, the task of writing a job description—as much as the written document itself—is the place where the hiring process gets off to a good start. Here's some expert advice that can help:

- Start by defining the job, not the candidate. Too often, managers (and recruiters) wade into the hiring process by trying to envision the ideal candidate for an open position—"I want to hire a good programmer," or "I need a go-getter who'll boost sales out on the floor." Before you...(register to read more)

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