Human Resource Management
Your task is to develop a job description of your ‘dream job’ using job analysis techniques. The ‘dream job’ can be a real, already existing job, or it can be a silly, made-up job like ‘professional television watcher.’
You will submit one Microsoft Word document or PDF which includes TWO parts:
A walkthrough of how you would conduct a job analysis to obtain all the necessary information for your job description. Use headers to differentiate each step in the job analysis process. You should have a header for each of the following steps: organizational documents, occupational databases, interviews, direct observation, and questionnaires. Be sure to include a description of where you obtained the information that is included in your job description.
A one-page job description which includes the most important tasks, and relevant KSAOs for the position. There should be a clear separation of the two sections. Be sure to use the entirety of the single page. There should be very little space left on the document.
90 points- Complete description of the job analysis procedure you would use. There is no length requirement for this portion but be as complete as necessary. You should include the following five portions of the job analysis and be clear in your descriptions of how you would conduct each.
Organizational documents (15pts): What documents you would want from an organization (e.g. job descriptions, training materials, performance evals, etc.)
Occupational databases (25pts): Which jobs were looked at, what was learned from O*Net, and any other occupational databases used
Interviews (25pts): Who you would interview, why you would interview them, and what you would ask them
Direct observation (10pts): The length of direct observation and what you would hope to learn from observing
Questionnaires (15pts): What you would include on a questionnaire, who would receive the questionnaire, and what you would do with the findings
60 points- A one-page job description that is not simply copied and pasted tasks and KSAOs from O*Net. The job description should fill a single page, and include three sections:
A brief overview of the position (10pts)- One to two sentences describing the job as a whole
Responsibilities (20pts)- task statements in order of importance
Qualifications (30pts)- Certifications, educational requirements, and most importantly, KSAOs required for the position
This process helps collect, analyze, and set out information about the content of the job, which will, in return provide the basis of a job description (Strah & Rupp, 2021). It describes the job, the skill and competencies required to perform the specific job. The following are the steps to use to obtain a job analysis.
This step of job analysis is suitable where the analyst cannot conduct a direct observation. As a job analyst, I would directly interview other job holders to know how their schedules run and supervisors to understand how they perform their duties in the organization through a structured interview to get information about the job. I can conduct a structured interview, unstructured or ask open-ended questions on the requirements of the employees and the tasks they handle in the organization.
- Direct Observations
This will involve observation of the employees while they are at work. The observation can be conducted for a week. It will include observing and recording how the employees of the organization do their job and how much time is needed to complete the tasks assigned to them.
This step of job analysis is appropriate where the employees are given enough time to enable them to divulge in detailed unique aspects of their job (Larsson et al., 2020). The employees would receive a well-structured questionnaire to complete and hand over to their supervisor for correction. The questionnaire would include the tasks the employees do, how they are supervised, the description of the job environment, how much time they are required to finish the task assigned to them and the relationship between the employees and their supervisors and managers. This information will help in knowing what to include in the job description.
- Organizational Documents
The documents that I may require from the organization would include diaries or log records that entail the daily activities of the job. Other documents would consist of training materials, job descriptions and performance evals. These documents will help in knowing the qualification needed when applying for the job. It will also help in understanding the tasks I would handle as a job holder.
- Occupational Database
The jobs looked at are those of journalism. From the O Net, it can be seen that it is for job analysis and it focuses specifically on those holding jobs or the employees in the organization. The O Net has essential elements of job analysis that can help as inputs to various human resource management applications.
Journalist Job Description
To join a journalism department, I should be a very passionate journalist. I should be a natural storyteller, be able to investigate and write detailed articles on different stories, feature the stories and have analytical characteristics. As a journalist, I should also possess the talent to dig out real stories and get the truth. I should also have both verbal and communication skills, be outgoing and motivated.
As a journalist, I will be required to perform the following responsibilities;
- Write and report stories and updates in prescribed style guides.
- Assess leads and pitch captivating stories to the editor.
- Meet regular and recurring deadlines.
- I should also be able to keep up-to-date on trending news by attending events, reviewing different articles, opinions from others, and social media.
- Conduct interviews and keep all records of notes and audio files for reference.
- Adhere to the profession’s ethical code.
- Have trustworthy relations with contacts and sources for use in future research.
- I should have a degree or diploma in journalism, English, or any related field.
- Minimum of 1-year experience as a journalist
- Possess exceptional verbal and writing skills and build rapport with various people.
- Possess research skills.
- Be able to deliver work within timelines.
- Be an excellent observer with good judgmental skills.
- Be able to be a team player.
- Have the ability to extract information effectively
- I should also possess networking skills
Larsson, J., Dencker, M., Olsson, M. C., & Bremander, A. (2020). Development and application of a questionnaire to self-rate physical work demands for ground combat soldiers. Applied Ergonomics, 83, 103002.
Strah, N., & Rupp, D. E. (2021). Are there cracks in our foundation? An integrative review of diversity issues in job analysis. Journal of Applied Psychology.