4 Secrets to Writing an Effective Job Description

By June 21, 2016 No Comments

Let’s start with the premise that all companies are competing to find great talent. Recruiting for profiles like “Compliance Professional” is especially challenging because demand is high and supply is low.

The most effective way to recruit top talent will always be a real live conversation, because 80 percent of professionals who are qualified for your open position are “passive candidates.” They aren’t actively looking for a new job, so they’ll never see your posting.

Executive recruiters can find those passive candidates for you, but you might not have the budget for that route right now. That means you’re probably relying on social media to find your next job candidate. If that’s the case, then here the secrets to writing an effective job description:

Sell the attributes of the company

Are you growing revenues and adding products and services? Quantify those facts like this:

  • We an International Pharmaceutical Company experiencing one-year revenue growth of 22 percent. We have doubled revenue over the past 5 years and have invested considerably in research and have an extensive pipeline of new drugs to further continued success.
  • We are the #1 ranking Pharma company in the United States
  • We focus on leadership, responsibility and innovation

Sell the opportunity

List things that will make the position attractive to potential candidates

  • You will report to the Chief Compliance Officer
  • You will be empowered to build/revise/enhance the compliance program 
  • You will work in a fluid, flexible, fast paced environment that provides a collaborative setting

List the immediate challenges

Don’t hide or sugarcoat this information. The brightest professionals (the ones you want) are seeking challenges.

Examples of immediate challenges in the first 12 months:

  • Revisit the design and overall strategy of the compliance department
  • Integrate the compliance framework within most recenlyt acquired company 
  • Help build the compliance department staffing needs

Identify the Cultural Fit

Indicate that you’re providing a dynamic opportunity to the right professional by being specific about the personal qualities you seek, such as:

  • Dynamic personality and great energy
  • A strategic problem solver who can think through ambiguity
  • Able to take disparate data and connect the dots
  • Courage to challenge the status quo

In summary, if you want to recruit the best, you better have a great presentation that draws the candidate to explore your company and your opening.



Published by Conselium Executive Search, the global leader in compliance search.  

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