Chronically open positions

Managing your employer reviews and reputation

"It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.”

Your organization has an employer reputation. Your employer reputation is not what you think it is. Your reputation is what THEY think it is. They may be wrong. It may be easily proven to be wrong. But until you start getting the facts out there and effectively communicate, it will not change.

Buying fish or catching your own?

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”

- Chinese Proverb

A constant complaint I hear from business owners is they cannot afford recruiters and/or temporary agencies. Given what most recruiters and temporary agencies charge, I agree with my business owners. Would it not make more sense to find someone who can teach you how to find employees?

It is easier to catch hungry fish

When you go fishing, there are certain things that are very important.

What kind of fish are you trying to catch?
Where are you going to be able to catch your type of fish?
What are the proper weather conditions and time of day?
What is the appropriate bait to catch your fish?

Let’s use the above and relate it to recruiting of employees. What I have found over the years, organizations do not know in detail what they are looking for. What skills, values and personality are the best fit for your particular job? Back to our analogy, many organizations decide any fish they can catch will do.

The danger of a false culture

In every organization there is a difference between the reality of the organizations’ culture and the culture the leaders’ desire. The leaders then try to drive the culture in the direction they want to go. This is normal and expected. However, this creates an issue which needs to be addressed. How will the organization present the culture to the outside world? I have seen organizations who try to present where they are moving toward as their current culture. But, this culture does not yet exist.