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What is a job description?

A job description is a document that clearly lays out a job's duties and requirements. Job descriptions can take many forms, but they typically include at least these four sections: a brief summary of the job; a list of job duties; the requirements for the job (such as required certifications or fluency in a particular language); and any other important information about the job, like travel requirements or unusual hours. An accurate, up-to-date job description can help you make sure you hire the right candidate; they are also helpful in other aspects of employment, from setting compensation to evaluating performance. For more information, see Nolo's article Writing and Using Job Descriptions

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