A job analysis is the process used to collect information about the duties, responsibilities, necessary skills, outcomes, and work environment of a particular job. You need as much data as possible to put together a job description, which is the frequent outcome of the job analysis.
The job analysis may include these activities:
- reviewing the job responsibilities of current employees,
- doing Internet research and viewing sample job descriptions online or offline highlighting similar jobs,
- analyzing the work duties, tasks, and responsibilities that need to be accomplished by the employee filling the position,
- researching and sharing with other companies that have similar jobs, and
- articulation of the most important outcomes or contributions needed from the position.
The more information you can gather, the easier the actual writing of the job description will be.