Writing Your Own Job Description

I just resigned from NVIDIA and one of the tasks I offered to help with during my transition was writing my own job description. On the surface this makes perfect sense. Hell, I only did the job for six years, who else is better qualified, right?

Here’s the weird, creepy part. It’s kind of like writing your own tombstone. Everything is written in the past tense. You write about qualities you personally brought to the party. When you read it, you say to yourself, “Man, I did a lot. I should have asked for a raise!”

So here’s what I suggest you do. Write our your own job description. Be intellectually honest with yourself when you do it. This should be an exercise in self-realization, nothing else. I’ll bet you will be surprised in what you list. I think you will have the same reaction that I did … “Man, I do a lot!”

This is an important regiment. One you should do every six months to a year. Why? Because business forces change on what you were originally hired for. Ensure you are recognized for your agilty and efforts. Don’t let this become what is expected, without proper recognition and reward.

If you know anyone who is a great UX Director, here’s the wonderfully articulated job description.

About the author

Terry Blanchard

I'm the Vice President of Engineering at Readdle, ex-Apple, design evangelist, drummer, and gadget junkie extraordinaire.

2 thoughts on “Writing Your Own Job Description”

  1. I was searching the web for a picture of a paper clip that I could use as an icon for my web application and I happened on your site as number 3 in my search. I noticed in your most recent post (June?) that you worked for NVidia at one point, so assumed you were somehow beholden to the same software demons I am and figured I’d read a sentence or two. Some 45 minutes later, I find myself rethinking the status of the Mini Cooper, carefully examining the value I add to my company versus what value they thought they were buying, and due to the “Agile Advice” link in the sidebar, shaking the dogma that (downturn economy + cutting jobs) equals better prospects for survival. A fascinating trip that I found serendipitous as relates to your paper clip post, in that while looking into one thing, the potential for finding so much more is vast.

    Anyways, just thought I’d share. Thanks again for the paper clip and the insights!

    P.S. You’re a great writer – you should post more often!

  2. Thanks, Bart! I’m glad you enjoyed the articles and managed to come away with a paperclip as well. ;-P

    Again, thanks for the compliments. I posted Part II of the Mini Cooper articles thanks to your little nudge.

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