Develop the Full and Short Job Description
PRIOR STEPS: Add a New Requisition (Setup and Details)
- Choose a Method for Developing the Job Description
- Use an Existing Job Description
- Create (or Edit) the Job Description by Section
- Select Save Options for the Job Description
- Should the Short Job Description also be Developed?
NEXT STEP: Determine Approvals
Display the Job's Requirements to Job Seekers
As the third step in the
- Long Description (Required to post a job opening on line)
- Short Description (Provides a teaser on the Job Posting page, if the Grid view is in place)
The article below describes how to use or modify an existing Job Description, or develop a new one, while creating a new Requisition.
Choose a Method for Developing the Job DescriptionFor client organizations with prior Job Descriptions, stored in the system library, the wizard will prompt you to choose a relevant Job Description. This is accomplished in the system through Job Title/Code, which ties the Job Description and the Requisition together.^
At the same time, an individual Requisition creator can develop a unique Job Description for just the single job opening.
^ Cross-references: An Administrator can import and save Job Descriptions to the system library, by one of two methods —
- A single document may be brought into the system, within an existing Requisition: Import a Job Description.
- One or more Job Descriptions can be stored as system defaults, by Job Title/Code: Job Code Table.
Use an Existing Job DescriptionIf the system detects a default Job Description, by Job Code, the system can load the document for you. In this case, simply review the content, which is organized by Section. Then:
- Make revisions, per the instructions that immediately follow.
- [Save] the Job Description, as described below at: Select Save Options for the Job Description.
Create (or Edit) the Job Description by SectionFirst, navigate to the Short Description or Long Description tab, as necessary.
Then, hover the mouse over a Section (e.g., Description/Job Summary, Required Skills) (under the Section heading), and click in the blank area (or within existing text, if already entered) to enable editing. A word processing toolbar will appear. By again hovering your mouse over icons in the toolbar, a caption describes each word processing or formatting tool.
Quick Tip: The most popular and easiest method for developing the Job Description
by Section is to prepare content in Microsoft Word and take advantage of the toolbar's
For each Section, enter the appropriate text in the text editor, and format the text, using the available word processing tools. Then, [Save] the Job Description, as described below at: Select Save Options for the Job Description.
Quick Tip: Although letters or words can be selected in the editing field after they are typed and formatted (e.g., italic), the quickest method for formatting the entire field is to select the formatting prior to entering text.
Select Save Options for the Job DescriptionSave Job Description Changes to:
- This requisition only — The saved changes will be limited to the current Job Description.
- This requisition and the default job description for [Job Code] — (Default setting) Any updates saved locally will also be applied to the default Job Description (as stored with the Job Code Reference table). This means the updated Job Description will be available for selection when a new Requisition is created.
- This requisition, the default job description and all open or pending requisitions that use this Job Code — In addition to being saved locally, the updates will apply to the default Job Description and any Open or Pending Requisitions for the same Job Code.
Should the Short Job Description also be Developed?A second consideration is whether your Job Posting page would benefit from displaying the Short Job Description as a "teaser" to Job Seekers, before they click the [Apply Now] button and review the Long Job Description.
Because the Short Job Description is a component of the Grid Job Posting Style, visit the Job Posting page to turn on the style.
When the Job Description is complete, proceed to Approval Process, which is the [Next Step].