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Help and FAQs - Job Description Writer


  1. What is the Job Description Writer and how do I use it?
  2. Some of the Job Information I entered in Step 1 is gone. Why did this happen?
  3. How does the keyword search work in the Job Description Writer?
  4. How can I find out more about writing a job description?
  5. The results of my keyword search are ranked by relevance. What does this mean?
  6. Who will find the Job Description Writer useful?
  7. What is the source of information for the Job Description Writer?
  8. What are related resources for the Job Description Writer?
  9. What are job families?
  10. What should I do if I can't find the job family for the occupation I am looking for?


  1. What is the Job Description Writer and how do I use it?
    The Job Description Writer is an online tool to help employers and human resource specialists write job descriptions. Users begin by selecting an occupation and are prompted to include statements about common skills, knowledge, tasks, work activities and work context to include in a job description. Users have the option to customize and save their final job description to their own computer.

  2. Some of the Job Information I entered in Step 1 is gone. Why did this happen?
    The Job Description Writer saves the information you enter in Step 1 (Job Information) for sixty minutes. If you are working in the tool for more than sixty minutes, you will need to go back to Step 1 and re-enter that information in order to have it included in your final job description (Step 6). Career InfoNet cannot store personal data on our servers due to confidentiality issues, but you may jump ahead to Step 6 (Final Job Description) at any time during the sixty minutes to save your information in Microsoft Word, HTML or XML.

  3. How does the keyword search work in the Job Description Writer?
    The keyword search allows you to search the full database of occupations by entering a keyword. Matches are based on searches of titles, associated lay titles, description, skills, and tasks.

    Some important things to remember about your search:
    • If you enter "art" the tool will provide a list of 212 occupations that are related to art (whether or not they have art in the title). From this list, you may choose, for instance, Sculptor or Cartoonist.
    • To narrow your list of results, enter a more specific word such as "Artist" into the search box.
    • The search engine also supports the use of Boolean operators AND and OR. For example, the keyword search "Computer AND (Analyst OR Programmer)" will return 20 occupation titles, including Computer Systems Analyst and Computer Programmer.


  4. How can I find out more about writing a job description?
    The following free tools and resources will assist with creating a job description and using it online:

  5. The results of my keyword search are ranked by relevance. What does this mean?
    The search strategy employs a combination of occupation information including associated lay titles, description, skills, and tasks. A raw score is calculated based on the number of matches across the different data elements and their respective weights.

  6. Who will find the Job Description Writer useful?
    Employers and human resource staff will find the Job Description Writer useful for developing job descriptions for hiring purposes and for conducting reviews of existing positions, staff and organizational structure.

  7. What is the source of information for the Job Description Writer?
    The skills, knowledge, tasks, work activities, and work context used in the Job Description Writer are provided by the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). For more information, visit http://www.onetcenter.org/overview.html.

  8. What are related resources for the Job Description Writer?
    The Career Resource Library has additional web-based resources. It provides links to related web sites and articles about employment law, hiring guidelines, training workers and small business operation. The Skills Profiler and Certification Finder may help in assessing and developing a workforce.The Occupation Profile and Industry Profile provide valuable information such as wages and employment trends.

  9. What are job families?
    Job families are the way CareerOneStop groups occupations. CareerOneStop's job families are the same as the 23 major occupation groups of the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC). CareerOneStop excludes the military job family, because there are no available wage and occupation trend data for the occupation in this group. For more information about job families, refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics SOC webpage.

  10. What should I do if I can't find the job family for the occupation I am looking for?
    Use the Keyword Search box to quickly find the occupation you are looking for. Type a keyword or keywords and select Search. Pick from the list of relevant occupation results.


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