How to Craft a Medical Assembly Job Description That Wins Top Talent
November 20th, 2017 Written by: Molly Masterson
It’s no secret that innovation is driving major changes in our lives and across multiple industries. And the medical device and technology sector is certainly a leader in driving that change.
From cutting edge sensors to prosthetics, the medtech industry is booming, and that means companies like yours are looking for top-notch talent to help get your technology out the door. But with an increasing skill and talent gap, skilled candidates aren’t easy to come by. In fact, 82% of manufacturing executives believe that the skill gap will impact their ability to meet customer demand.
As a medical assembly staffing agency with 50 years of experience, we know what it takes to reel in a quality talent pool. The first step? Crafting a winning medical assembly job description. Below, we outline the five items your job description needs to attract the right candidates for your medical device assembly line.
1. Be Clear About Technical Requirements
Assembling a medical device is a highly technical job that requires a unique skillset. And while there are technical colleges and training programs for medical assembly jobs, many of your candidates might not have formal education and training. To make sure qualified candidates apply, your job description should be clear about what skills and experience candidates need to have.
For example, call out the position’s technical requirements, including:
- Main machinery and tools used on the job you are posting for
- Total years of experience required, both in medical assembly and for any specific tools or machinery
- Highest level of education and any fields of study, board certifications, or tests; or on-the-job training that will be provided
- Any specialized skills for job duties, including reading, compliance software, or technology
- Quality, regulatory, or compliance requirements expected to know or follow
We also recommend keeping your list of technical requirements free of industry slang or abbreviations. This helps clarify the role and sets expectations for the candidate. Avoiding language candidates might not know also makes your organization seem more approachable and less intimidating.
2. Describe the Physical Requirements
It’s no secret that medical device assembly must be done without flaws and with great attention to detail. As a result, your employees need to be safe and alert at work to ensure device accuracy and quality. Include in the job description any requirements related to specific movements (including manual dexterity or repetitive work), standing, non-traditional hours, vision, or weight lifting.
Clearly state expectations and job specifications so there are no surprises for you or the job applicants. By being upfront, you have established expectations so applicants can determine if this is the right role for them physically.
3. Explain the Tools
More often than not, your medical assembly workers need to operate specific tools and software to produce a quality device. For example, they may need to cross electrical wires, inspect components with a microscope, or weld pieces onto a circuit board. Each of these tasks require special tools and knowledge to complete.
In your job description, detail the knowledge and tools the candidate will need to work with to perform the job. Not only will this qualify candidates for the position, but it will also help candidates understand what is required of them in the job so they can meet production, maintenance, and compliance standards.
4. Highlight the Importance of the Device
You know better than anyone that your devices are important for the health and well-being of others, but candidates might struggle to see the full picture. Since their work can have life-changing implications, show candidates how rewarding it can be working for your company in your job description.
Use your job description as an opportunity to get people excited about the opportunity of having a key role in this life-changing and growing industry. Describe the impact the applicant would be able to make right away on the job and how their role helps improve the health of patients all over the world.
5. Showcase Company Benefits and Perks
Candidates aren’t just looking for a job—they want to know what sets your company apart and what you can offer them. When all else might be equal, the benefits could help sway a candidate’s decision or convince them to apply.
Be sure to share your company’s many benefits and perks. Candidates will want to know your standard benefits of sick and vacation time, retirement plans, and insurance. But we encourage you to go beyond what’s standard and mention overtime potential, bonuses after a certain length of employment, education, or training opportunities that might lead to career advancement. This can set you apart from other companies and get candidates to think about your organization as a long-term place to work.
Assemble the Right Team
Medical assembly is a growing, competitive field with a widening skills gap. But by writing a job description that is clear and specific, you can attract the best candidates to add to your medical assembly team.