Personal Note From Julie: Is Your Job Description Holding You Back?

Sep 12, 2014 | Career Development

evolving-job-descriptionsYour job description is not something you should take lightly. You might be thinking, “I already have the job, and I’m not leaving anytime soon. So mine isn’t that important.”

Think again.

The purpose of a job description extends far beyond the recruiting and hiring process. It reflects what you contribute to your company and executive. It outlines your responsibilities and it demonstrates your value.

Yet many admins still underestimate the importance of an up-to-date and accurate job description. According to a survey by OfficeTeam and IAAP, only 50 percent of admins believe their job descriptions paint an accurate picture of what they do. And nine percent of respondents said they couldn’t remember the last time they looked at their job description.

Updating your job description on a regular basis is vital to your professional success. Potential promotions, raises, and performance reviews hinge on what your job description says. If what you’re paid and being evaluated against are based on an incorrect job description, then you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

Don’t wait for your HR department to ask about your job description; take the initiative to create or update yours now.

Getting admins to be proactive about their job descriptions is an important initiative of IYOTSA 2014, and it’s one way you can help promote and advance your career, as well as our profession as a whole.

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