Job Description vs. Role Description — What’s the Difference?

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What is the difference between a job description and the role description? Are they the same?

The short answer, a role description is a section in a job description. Here’s more on each:

What is a “Job Description”?

A “job description” is everything about an open position you want potential candidates to know. It explains what a job entails, the requirements, responsibilities, the team, salary & benefits, etc.

We’ve found that the most successful job descriptions include the sections below:


Job Title

The title should be informative and easily searchable – don’t forget to consider

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