Job Descriptions

Have you ever thought about what your job description really says? Does it accurately reflect the work that you do and the value you provide? Certainly it takes some time to get acclimated to a new job and after a few months you are probably set in what your role is and how you make an impact. Then a few more months or years go by and, with the numerous changes happening constantly in sports business, you are probably doing something similar to what you signed up for but most likely different from what your job description has outlined.

My suggestion in today’s post is to pull out that old job description and review it for accuracy and detail. If you don’t think your “JD” aligns with what you’re doing in your current position, you ought to seek out your supervisor to have it updated as soon as possible or at least at your next performance review. Aside from any discussion of compensation, you and your boss should have a very clear understanding of what it is that you do on a daily basis and how that effort is moving the organization closer to its mission, vision and goals.

When I was working at Notre Dame I had the opportunity to sit down with my boss and adjust my own job description to more accurately reflect what I was actually doing. Having been in that same position for several years, I had taken on more responsibility and had become more efficient at the numerous tasks that surrounded me. It was a great learning experience to be a part of the human resources process of writing a new job description, getting it reviewed, amended and finally approved by the main human resources office on upper campus.

If you’re reading this, I encourage you to review your current job description and make any changes you and your boss see fit. If you’re a job seeker or currently on the lookout, this will make it much easier to tell someone else what it is that you do on a daily basis and makes resume writing go a bit more smoothly. If you liked this post, please follow me on Twitter and subscribe to my blog.

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