Yesterday I spoke with a senior construction executive with a reasonable and serious frustration about being contacted by recruiters, sending his resume and information, and never hearing from those recruiters again. Of course, we all know he is not alone. Recruiters are notorious for ghosting people and complaining when candidates or client’s do the same.
The beginning of any employment is inherently an evaluation period and some companies embrace this with a probationary time, trial period, or some such language. The intent being to communicate the extra scrutiny the employee will experience to establish trust, learn the company, and contribute acceptably. By making the period explicit it reinforces the need for the person to be on their best behavior which theoretically enhances retention.
There is a lot of pandering, click-baiting, bad advice on LinkedIn for job seekers which discourages personal responsibility and discernment and instead suggests corporate discrimination (of many sorts) is the root of job-seeker woes. Oleg Vishnepolsky and Liz Ryan are notable viral examples. Their posts attract thousands of comments and likes.
We’ve all heard about firms who proudly flog candidates through an intense, convoluted, and long interview process. Their intentions are to be understandable rigorous. These firms have often experienced the pain of a bad hire and have swung far to the other extreme and now conduct numerous interviews, often over five.
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Few things in life are harder to resist than a large pile of money. The temptation is even greater when the only thing you have to do to get it is... Nothing! This exact situation is experienced by hundreds, perhaps thousands of people every day in the form of a counteroffer designed to keep them from leaving for a different company. Accepting such an offer is unwise and leads to all sorts of problems, the biggest of which I will explain.
The easiest and fastest way to put together a good resume is to use templates. The number one goal of your resume should be to communicate your unique skills, values, and accomplishments as they pertain to making your company and team successful.
Thousands of people have told me it is not about the money for them. It’s about culture, fit, contribution, team, projects, etc. The list goes on and on. Often they will remark how they are not hung up on the offer amount if the company is right. This is the mature perspective.
While interviewing these people make some of the same remarks to interviewers and everyone nods their head sagely. Everyone knows implicitly that money alone is not the panacea to career growth.
Why is setting expectations so important to making employees successful?
How many times have you heard someone say that a job wasn’t what they expected. Who does that reflect on? Both them and the employer, no? They failed to ask enough questions to discover what the job really was and the employer failed to disclose enough about the role. Transparent information flow is necessary for understanding and mutual commitment.
If your boss was disappointed in your performance, how would you want them to address it?
There are a few options. Sudden termination. Passive/aggressive complaining. Blame game. Drawing comparisons. No. You would want them to take responsibility first, to share the load of culpability. This is what teams do.
Unless someone is unethical there is not a proper situation where someone is surprised to be fired. Leading up to being fired the individual should be informed of their deficiencies, coached, and remedial goals set.
An important element of our business philosophy is to be an “ally”. It’s a filter we work our decisions through. Is this something an ally would do? How can we best serve our alliances? How can we improve the condition of our client? How can we improve people’s lives? How can we add value, regardless of the reward. We have that attitude and seek fellow companies who share it.
We have a couple bookshelves stuffed with excellent wisdom for employees (and me) to read. Most of what I’ve learned over the years comes from books. If you consider the life altering and improving value books have, it is incredible you can buy them so cheap. Inexpensive books are one of the wonders of modern capitalism. A few thousand dollars in books, and the requisite time to read them, can be worth millions or billions and make life much easier by learning from the mistakes of others.
Interviews are not all about getting the job. It is about building relationships to see if you want to work with this person/team for the long-run. You do not want to 'win' every single interview because your values may not be aligned. Working for a company with different values than you is not fun. You want great mutual understanding and trust, even if that means they screen you out or you screen them out. It's not personal. These are huge decisions for you and prospective employers. Be honest, vulnerable, concise, thoughtful, and get to know your interviewers well. These meetings should arm you to make a decisive decision should they make you an offer.
I write this sitting at Coeur d’Alene Coffee, a local cafe known for friendliness. They know everyone’s name and consequently people always smile when they enter and they have a loyal contingent. Employees need the same personalized attention to feel known, to feel cared for, understood, and to feel safe.
This is not tawdry advice. Consider every toxic environment you have seen; did people feel known, understood, cared for, and safe?
Our busy economy blesses and curses us with zero unemployment of qualified candidates. Everyone (good) has more work than they know what to do with and the challenge of finding the right team members has become the new key to delivering great solutions, in any field.
How then should you recruit in this kind of market, differently than a recession market where candidates find you? More than ever your brand, process, and effort will define success in hiring the best people.