September Tip of the Month
Recruiting family managed support staff can sometimes be challenging. Creating a solid job description is essential to finding the best candidate. A job description provides a focus to identify those target areas necessary for hiring a successful candidate. Generating a job description prior to advertising is also a great tool to screen potential candidates and can easily be condensed into a job advertisement.
The major components of the job description are:
- Job summary (purpose of the job, what and how it will be done)
- Major responsibilities
- Specific tasks of the position
- Ideal characteristics desired in a successful candidate
Three important areas to include under the major responsibilities are:
- Key skills
- Attitudes a successful candidate must meet
Cauvier (2004) suggests prioritizing skills and abilities as “absolute, beneficial or convenient” for the job.
Once you have hired a staff, the job description is a good tool to use when regularly meeting with staff to understand those areas that are going well.
Click to view an example job description for hiring a family managed support worker
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