Our culture strives for perfection on every level, whether it’s sports, entertainment, the arts or the employment market.
Our clients retain us to find perfect candidates and every candidate is seeking that perfect role. Somehow we’ve all bought into the notion that the “perfect” job can be found, and that we can fill our open positions with a perfect candidate if we just look hard enough using the best resources.
The problem is that companies are run by and employ people, and we all agree that once people get involved in anything, there will be flaws and imperfections, as recent news confirms.
In 1963 Sam Cook sang a song entitled, “A Change is Gonna Come”, and that theme is universal and timeless.
More recently country Music star Tim McGraw had a hit a few years back entitled “Live like you were dying” which has always moved me. It was inspired by the news he received about the illness of his father which ultimately motivated him to enjoy, and appreciate everything in his life a little bit more. When the reality of his father’s impending passing hits him, it puts into perspective for him that life and all of the blessings in it don’t last forever and that our lives will come to an end someday.
Have you ever heard someone say “the only two things that are certain are taxes and death”? I’ve heard it more than once so it must be a commonly held belief. Interesting that even though this is widely understood, some people still do not properly prepare for either.
We’ve all heard that “honesty is the best policy”, from someone we respected, and we believed them, but then there’s the application of this policy isn’t there?
The movie “Liar Liar”, starring Jim Carey, found him suddenly able to only tell the truth and he went around hurting himself and others in the process. For those seeking justification for telling little white lies in the name of not hurting anyone you could point to this movie as an example of the truth gone bad, but what about telling the truth in a job interview?
For example, how to answer a question about your departure from a role when you were let go,
According to a recent survey, 52 percent of U.S. employers surveyed said they have difficulty filling positions because of talent shortages. Competition for talent is intense, even at more than 9 percent unemployment.
Jim Collins’ statement that “good is the enemy of great” certainly applies to hiring decisions. Great candidates are available today, but your competition is smiling if you’re making these mistakes:
Poor communication: Your responsiveness and a candidate’s perception of your company and interests are directly related. Poor follow up could mean you’re not interested or you’re disrespectful. Candidates want to go where they are wanted, so if you are interested in them, let them know promptly.
Thinking the interview is to evaluate the candidate only: Candidates are evaluating you, too, and everyone wants to be made to feel important so treat them special and don’t be afraid to sell your strengths.
Have you ever heard someone say “wow that person is really connected”? Well what they’re really saying is that person has relationships with either a lot of the right kind of people, or they have relationships with very powerful people who can make things happen, … you know the movers and shakers. We all know
It’s that time of year again, when we meet and greet our friends, family and associates at parties and gatherings all over town to celebrate the holidays. What a perfect opportunity for getting the word out that you’re seeking that next new opportunity, or are in career transition.
We’ve all heard that the best way to land that new position we seek is through networking, and the holidays are the perfect time to leverage these events that are really nothing more than networking events wrapped in a holiday theme — not to mention everyone is in a good mood.
Our natural instinct is to tell everyone how “great” things are going for us, and how wonderful life is, but if that’s not the case I say that honesty is the best policy. It’s not what you say, but “how” you say it that will make the biggest impression. Keep it brief and upbeat and smile.
The abundance of information available to the job seeker today can be as intimidating as the current employment market itself.
As an executive recruiter, I hear from employers and candidates confronted with misinformation and myths.
Here are a few myths I’ve encountered:
Myth No. 1: It’s a numbers game!
Some think the best way to get an interview is to mail large numbers of resumes out. The numbers don’t favor this game, since for every 1,700 resumes sent, 1,699 senders end up disappointed. Networking is the No. 1 method for finding your next new assignment.
Ask yourself, “What do I enjoy doing, and what am I good at?” and then find companies where you can apply your skills to solve their problems. Companies want “problem solvers,” not new employees.