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Developing the position description

After identifying and evaluating department needs, it may be necessary to modify the position description. A position description is a clear, concise communication tool used to describe duties of a job and to relay requirements of the position to applicants. In order to attract and hire competent employees, candidates must understand the core functions and requirements of a position. A well written job description can save time and attract the targeted talent during the recruitment process. Once an applicant is hired, the position description becomes a valuable training and performance management tool. For detailed instructions on creating or revising a position description, refer to the Writing a Position Description toolkit. For instructions on how to modify a position in the online recruitment system, please refer to the eGuide to eJobs.


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