Let’s get back to basics about what we are really looking for in a career or even a job. We are looking for a way of making a living that matches your skills, strengths and weaknesses with the other people you work with and the responsibilities you have to fulfill.
To make this work you have to understand what you offer. You have to have a clear idea what is needed. You have to have a good way to make a match.
Maybe you want to take it further. You want to learn and grow. You want more responsibility. You want constructive feedback so you can grow. You want a lifelong journey.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.” THAT is a lifelong journey, isn’t it?
Finding a job or finding the right candidate is a journey. The purpose of the job search is to find the candidate that has the life experiences and mindset to be on the journey with the company, to take the company to the next experience to achieve goals.
It is about matching needs, experiences and life’s journey with a person who will add value to the organization because they fit.
Here are some questions for companies and candidates interested in making a great match:
- Understand what you want. What is the job that needs to be done? What kind of job will use your skills in a way that will make you successful?
- Make a list of knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the job very well. What kind of experiences should the right candidate have had to demonstrate that they can do the job that needs to be done? What kind of experience do you have that demonstrates you can do the job? What kind of people do you want to work with? What kind of person will enhance the team and get the job done?
- Evaluate whether this person or company will be a good match for the job that needs to be done and the skills you bring. Did the meeting make you feel optimistic and hopeful? Can you see how the person will fit with the team? Can you answer yes to the 3 main questions any company asks: Can she do the job? Will she love the job? Will she get along with the team?
Making a good match is about more than hiring the person you want to have a beer with or taking the first job that is offered. Making a good match ensures that this next candidate hired or next job accepted will last a little longer than a year or two because you fit together well.
As we say in my house, I am searching for my kind of crazy! I won’t stop until I find it. Neither should you.