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2547310 - Job Description Size Limit - RCM


  • The Job Description field under the Job Profile Tab when creating a Job Requisition cannot exceed 4000 characters.
  • Even though some Job Descriptions are less than 4000 characters, the system will throw an error message when saving the data.


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Reproducing the Issue

  1. Navigate to the Recruiting Module
  2. Bring up a requisition
  3. Click on the Job Profile link


  1. Add about 3,900 characters in the Job Description Field
  2. Save the Requisition
  3. Receive Error: Job Description Field cannot be more than 4,000 characters.



  • When the code checks the Job Requisition's Job Profile description length, it uses utf-8 encoding to determine number of bytes of localized data.
  • If the number of bytes exceeds 4,000 then it reports validation error.
  • 4,000 characters does not mean you are guaranteed to store up to 4000 characters (when localized data is encoded in utf-8). The limit is really 4,000 bytes (not characters).
  • UTF-8 is a variable length encoding with a minimum of 1 byte per character.
  • Characters with higher code points will take up to 4 bytes. For example, the bullets in the list probably takes more than 1 byte per character.


This is an expected behavior. Try limiting text in your job description when receiving this error.


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