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March 05, 2010
Two Tips for Creating the ‘Purpose’ Statement of a Job Description

Employment attorney Olivia Goodkin opened the second part of her BLR webinar "Job Descriptions: How to Tackle Tricky Drafting Hurdles to Maximize Compliance and Effectiveness" with two things to keep in mind when describing a position’s purpose in a job description. Generally, the purpose statement should answer:

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  • What are the reasons for the position’s existence?
  • Where does this job fit into the organizational chart and mission of the company?

An example for a receptionist:

  • “Greets the public who enters the office, answers the telephone and routes calls from the public. Opens the mail and receives packages. Provides the first point of contact and essential communication link between the company and the outside world.”

Olivia Goodkin, Esq. is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff where she specializes in liability avoidance and employment-related litigation. She can be reached via email at

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