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Survey: Companies seek both ‘soft,’ technical skills in compliance hiring

Jaclyn Jaeger | April 3, 2019

Compliance officers who are interested in keeping up with the demands of a rapidly changing profession will want to check out a new survey that reveals the specific credentials and skills that companies are seeking today when making compliance-related hiring decisions.

One of the key findings to come from the survey, conducted jointly by Compliance Week and the Seton Hall School of Law, is that most organizations seek a broad range of leadership skills in a compliance officer. Among 109 respondents who are responsible for making hiring-related decisions for their organizations, the top leadership skills they cited as most important for a compliance officer’s repertoire include creative problem-solving; flexibility/adaptability; people management; and diplomacy. Only 14 percent cited public speaking as a necessary skill. 

“We often hear from compliance leaders that leadership and other ‘soft skills’ are becoming a focus in both hiring and career advancement,” says...

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