The Terror On Both Sides Of The Table

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It's not rocket science, it's magic

October is “the scary month”, so, let’s talk about scary things in the job search. Fear. So much about why people fail in the search for work is laid squarely at the door of fear. Question: is this justified?

Guess what I found out? Potential employers are scared. Scared crapless that they’ll make a bad decision and hire the wrong person.

Let the Job Gypsy lady tell you a tale: I took a data entry job once and in that class of newbie processors was a Superstar Processor. She was my main competition.  We both had lightning fingers on a keyboard, but she did the work even quicker and more accurately than I. Finally, after a series of elimination rounds, there was a choice between us. They hired The Star. I got the gate and continued my search elsewhere. A week or two later, I met the Star in the streets and asked her how the new job was going. She said, “Oh, I quit that job last week. It was boring”. The moral of this story? Employers always take a chance when they hire a star. This is why “overqualified applicants” scare them. However, to live means to take risks and taking risks means facing the reality of the odd loss or two.

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What lies behind the mask?

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How to Guarantee You Won’t Make A Bad Hire

In a certain way, this knowledge makes both sides of the table equal. On both sides of the table, there is a fear the match will be wrong. The hiring process could sure use the services of a matchmaker or a connector –someone gifted in brokering relationships, huh? In some places this is the core of what recruiters do. I’m saying companies should have a person strongly possessed of the strength of connection–a relationship broker– on their hiring team in Human Resources departments. It might just take the “scary” out of the hiring process.