Job Descriptions

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Running Head: Staffing Organizations – Job Descriptions

Maintaining Job Descriptions

Sharon Chambers
Strayer University
Dr. Annette West
July 24 , 2011

Current Issue
The InAndOut, Inc., company provides warehousing and fulfillment services to small publishers of books with small print runs. After the books are printed and bound at a printing facility, they are shipped to InAndOut for handling.
The owner and president of InAndOut, Inc., Alta Fossom is independently wealthy and delegates all day-to-day management matters to the general manager, Marvin Olson. Alta requires that Marvin clear any new ideas or initiatives with her prior to taking action. The company is growing and Marvin expects to hire new employees
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Job postings using obsolete job descriptions will not attract the right candidate for

the job. Job interviews are used to select the candidates for the job. Questions that are asked

during selection interviews are structural, behavioral and job related. In order to have predictive

validity the questions have to be based on authentic job descriptions. Job analysis has to be

carried out and job description written on the actual job duties. Management could encounter

legal problems if job offers and employment contracts are prepared on job descriptions that have

not been updated (Roberts, 1997; Mader-Clark, 2008).

Freeman (1996) and Mader-Clark (2008) have specified a number of reasons to update a

job description and these are listed below:

* Where a function is added or deleted from the job. * Where someone that is hired possesses new skills that does not track the old description. * Where a higher level of contribution from a position is required, such as a new skill or a body of knowledge. * Where there has been a change in the requirements of the job, like a special certificate to carry out the job

Process of Developing a Set of Thorough and Current Job Descriptions

According to Heneman and Judge (2009), as far as the process of writing new job

description or updating existing ones is concerned, it should encompass the following


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