Smart Hiring 101

Cyd Dodson

Carole King had it right in 1972. In her song “Beautiful”, King reflects on the secret to success:  Manage yourself. Take a retro step back and listen again to the lyrics:

You’ve got to get up every morning
With a smile on your face
And show the world
All the love in your heart

Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel

Waiting at the station with a workday wind blowing
I’ve got nothing to do but watch the passers-by
Mirrored in their faces I see frustration growing
And they don’t see it showing, why do I?

I ask myself daily – Do hiring managers see the frustration, fatigue and lack of engagement in their teams today?  Of course they do!

And I believe this is exactly what professionals between jobs are experiencing. They get up every morning and manage their tasks, their attitudes, their motivations – their lives. They create their own structure and set their own goals.  They have faced the ultimate reality that many of us avoid – one of being completely responsible for your own destiny.  Their smile is now genuine.  They get it. 

Many professionals who are now in between jobs were once deeply embedded in corporate realities.  Some wore the company brand proudly.  Many toed the work-line dutifully.  And most of them, like all of us, felt the fatigue and confusion of multiple organizational changes during times of necessary realignment.  They used the period of transition to give them safe harbor to regroup and self-assess.
More times than not, the end result is a professional that has hit their own re-set button and put themselves squarely in the reality that they are responsible for managing their morale and brand.  What a refreshing and hard-won attribute that is.  And this is exactly what we need in our workplaces today.

So what’s the solution for Hiring Managers everywhere?

Add a new member to the team who has proven that they can manage themselves during difficult times!  Make this one of your chief criteria for success.  Hire a new team member that has washed themselves clean of bad attitudes and a lack of appreciation for a hard day’s work. Deliberately seek out someone who has been unemployed for a length of time and get to know them. What you will find in most cases is a very talented person who appreciates work, has done personal due diligence on their motivators, and is excited about finding a new vocational home.  They actually want and appreciate you.  How refreshing.

Now there is a winning formula that every Hiring Manager needs to leverage!

Cyd Dodson is Vice President, Principal Consultant heading the Career Management Consulting services with Right Management for the Minneapolis, Indianapolis and St. Louis markets. She is experienced as a coach and trainer in assisting companies to bring life to their mission, vision and values. Cyd has over twenty years’ experience in leadership, training, counseling and coaching within a variety of industries. 

4 thoughts on “Smart Hiring 101

  1. Excellent post – This is so very true for many who have found their situations changed by circumstances beyond their control, and their sense of who they are in the workplace suddenly challenged. I hope that these ideas to give experienced, talented and reinvented people a chance to prove their value does not go unheeded.

  2. Your comments are a real wake-up call, not just for Hiring Managers but for leaders in organizations as well. While leaders do need to be strategic and some might consider the hiring process more tactical, they’d be missing the mark if they failed to see the strategic advantage in breaking the exisiting hiring paradigm that dominates corporate America. With all the changes that organizations face, I would hope that reframing recruitment and hiring would be on the top of the list for CEOs who want to be corporate trendsetters.

  3. This article is so personal for me; it’s as if you were telling my story, giving everything to the job and the company. When corporate changes came about, I was not prepared for them because I did not give myself time for my own professional growth. That said, your story provided a much needed reminder that I alone was responsible for my not being prepared, and I now have this amazing opportunity while between jobs to manage my own necessary growth.

  4. Great article and so true. Those who are diligent and growing through their times of transition will have much to offer in their next place of employment.

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