A NECESSARY evil and task that often gets put on the back burner. Employers, you may well be doing yourself an injustice if you don’t action this task BEFORE looking to hire staff. Firstly the most apparent benefit of having an up-to-date job description is for potential applicants to enhance their understanding of the job they are applying for- inadvertently filtering out unsuitable candidates. Secondly, by having a job description you increase the professionalism of your brand. Finally, having a job spec will give you a clear picture of the skills needed to perform the job thus allowing you to tailor your interview questions around the outcomes specific to the job. Ideally a job description should be written by someone currently doing the role and not a third party or HR division who are often removed from the daily tasks. A job description is also a great tool for performance measuring, staff reviews, goal setting, promotion and salary scaling.