Part A: Defining the Role of Job Descriptions (30 marks)

Assignment 2: Matching HRM Needs and People

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You will now demonstrate your knowledge of the concepts introduced in Module 2, including applying the concepts to your own personal experiences. Assignment 2 is organized into three parts and will count for 10 per cent of your final course grade. Parts A, B, and C total 100 marks.

The mark distribution is as follows:

Parts Marks
Part A: Defining the Role of Job Descriptions 30
Part B: Developing a Job Description 30
Part C: Labour Market Assessment 40
Total 100


Part A: Defining the Role of Job Descriptions (30 marks)

First read Chapter 3 in your textbook, paying particular attention to the sections on job analysis.

Job descriptions play an important role in human resources processes. Write a one-page report, approximately 250–300 words that defines how job descriptions are used for compensation, recruitment, selection, and performance management.

Part B: Developing a Job Description (30 marks)

Use the sample job descriptions and details on job specifications from Chapter  3 in your textbook as a guide to define the format and structure of a job description.

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Develop a job description for the gas station attendant. Note the job specifications, or qualifications as they are commonly called, make up part of the job description. Using the job analysis gathered in Part A, include a job summary and listing of skills and abilities required, as well as the specifications or technical requirements needed to do the work. Be sure to assess the competencies or qualities that are required. This may include any both physical abilities and soft skills that are required to do the job.

Part C: Labour Market Assessment (40 marks)

Write a two-page report, approximately 500 words, conducting a labour market assessment for the position you described in Part B. This includes:

  • Assessing the demand for labour, including a review of the economic conditions, legal issues, social concerns, technological issues, or demographic trends
    • Assessing the supply for labour, including the availability of others to do the work, replacement strategies, or workforce factors

Based on your assessment, if the organization were going to replace you, how would you recommend the work be adjusted or modified given the labour market conditions and possible efficiency gain available?