1 CPD hour

  • On Demand Event
    Complete online in your own time (Self-paced)
    • $160.00 excl. GST


How to write effective and legally sound Job Descriptions and Person Specifications

Writing effective Job Descriptions is one of the most important things you will do as a manager.

Job Descriptions set out the key expectations of your employees for measuring performance.

Poorly written Job Descriptions can lead to potential legal issues, and you may miss out on key hiring, training and performance opportunities.

Learn how to write effective Job Descriptions and Person Specifications that identify all of the job requirements, and avoid discriminatory language.

This practical webinar will help you write proficient Job Descriptions and Person Specifications so you can:

  • Focus your attention on what is really needed in the role. 
  • Provide a clear set of objectives so you can identify the most suitable candidate during your recruitment process. 
  • Consider health and safety obligations for inclusion in the Job Description. 
  • Prepare a Job Description to assist with performance management, and identify training needs 
  • Set out necessary skills, experience and qualifications in the Person Specification. 


  • What to do before writing a Job Description and Person Specification
  • How to identify all job requirements in your Job Description
  • Avoiding language that can lead to discrimination claims
  • Preparing the Job Description for measuring performance
  • What to include in a Person Specification
  • How to use information in the Job Description and Person Specification for job evaluation and hiring
  • Practical tips on updating Job Descriptions


This course is aimed at all business owners, managers, employers, Human Resource managers and administrators seeking practical guidance on how to write and use job descriptions. It is particularly useful for those new to HR responsibilities.

It is also useful for business professionals, such as lawyers and accountants, who want to keep their clients informed on best practice.


23 May 2017


Julia Shallcrass, Director and Lawyer/Employment Law Educator, KiwiBoss Limited