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Competency-based Job Description

Once, I heard someone say, what is so important about the Job Description? After all, it's just a piece of paper & what difference does that make?
The Job Description can best be compared to a 'User Manual' which tells us 'how to' operate particular device or machine. It gives precise details about components, requirements, directions for effective and efficient use.
As they say 'When all else fails, read the instructions', and, 'When all else fails, and the instructions are missing - kick it'. In our case we can't kick it; hence a wise option is to 'read the instructions'. Let us see why a Job Description is so important.
As we all know the process involved for this is called 'Job Analysis' and theoretically the output is 'Job Description' and 'Job Specification'. [While the Job Description describes tasks to be accomplished, the Job Specifications lists the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's) needed to…