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How to Craft a Position Profile to Attract Exceptional Executives

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Lost time. Lost money. Lost confidence in leadership. A hit to morale. Those are just a few costs of a bad hire. And the higher in the organization the position, the greater the impact. That’s why, when searching for talent at the executive level, it’s paramount to create a position profile that intrigues the ideal candidate, encourages thoughtful self-assessment and inspires action.

Position profiles

It's important to take the time when crafting the profile to think critically about the role and how it fits into the organization as a whole. Position profiles should include an executive summary of the opportunity as well as details about the role and responsibilities. This is an opportunity to spell out for the candidate exactly what's expected of the role, how you'll define success and what challenges might arise. As we know finding a candidate who checks the boxes on hard skills but also fits in within the company culture is critical to a long-term, successful relationship. With this in mind, you'll want to include details on the business as well as the company culture in the position profile. Smoothly snapping into place culturally is crucial – especially when it comes to those joining the leadership team in embodying what the company stands for to its employees and the public.

Senior roles

Filling the senior-most roles in an organization requires an elevated level of attention. As mission-critical positions, these roles pose the highest risk and detrimental impact to an organization if a bad hire is made.  Creating a compelling position profile can make a huge impact on luring the most viable talent for your executive role. Want to know exactly what features to include in your next position profile? Download our position paper here to ensure your next executive hire delivers on all functional requirements and personifies the spirit and values of company culture.