Temp workers were protesting in South Boston on September 1st in favor of the REAL (Reform Employment Agency Law) Act which a few Massachusetts State Reps are sponsoring. I found one item interesting, which is to "provide written notice of key job description details to the worker ". As I heard myself belt out loud a nice "HA", I thought… yeah it isn't always the agency's fault.
Over the course of my 15+ plus years recruiting, I unfortunately came across one sentence job descriptions from the client more than I like to remember. What a world it could become if instead of having to beg for more information , I could say; " I am sorry, but it is the law and I need a better job description."
The recruiting world could get even more interesting if recruiters could deny a sales person attention on their order because the job description is not complete. I can hear the harps playing now...
Obtaining a good job description really takes some work, but work that always pays off. Clients don't have time to work with agencies on better job descriptions and often times, we accept what little tidbits we can get and run with it. Although, the idea of having a law to be our scapegoat is a nice dream, We don't need it! As my husband would say, just give it some Chutzpah! (Yiddish for gutsy audacity).
Here are a few tips that I always found successful:
So, that's are back to school lesson for today! Now go get a better job description, because we shouldn't have to depend on a law to get it!
The Act does speak to other items, and you can read the article here if you would like to see more detail.