Writing Your Job Description on the Job

August 16, 2012 No Comments

Your boss says you are doing a great job, but there’s never been a job description for what you do.  Or, you are being told to craft your own job description for your next job because you are an expert in a certain valued area.  Where do you start? Here are some helpful tips:

  • Work through Phase I of the Career Mapping process to identify your competencies.
  • Review past performance evaluations and 360 reviews for other people’s impressions of your strengths, weaknesses, competencies and accomplishments.
  • Ask HR to share a few internal job descriptions that interest you or find them on the company web site.
  • Create a prototype job description or two that combine those activities, skills and responsibilities you want now and for the longer term.
  • Translate responsibilities from the descriptions into competencies.
  • Do a gap analysis to determine how prepared you are to take on certain roles now and which competencies you need to work on.
  • Calibrate the titles and compensation level to match those within the organization.


Job descriptions are underrated. They are an implicit contract between you and your employer for what work you will perform. Don’t sell yourself short and take credit for all you do and are capable of by putting it in writing.

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