Candidates have the upper hand in today's job market. Unemployment under four percent means that there is a high quantity of jobs available but a lack of candidates who have the required skills. Great candidates are harder to find which increases the length of the hiring process Managers spend valuable time reviewing resumes and holding interviews—if the candidates even show up that is.
Hiring managers use plenty of clichés to describe the type of employees they’re looking for. “We want real go-getters” and “We want employees who are ready to hit the ground running from day one”—two way to say that they want hard workers who know their stuff. That’s nothing special, though, and when the usual education and experience requirements are added, the result is a recipe for another average employee who could fit in just fine anywhere.
In today’s crowded marketplace, though, a run-of-the-mill team made up of run-of-the-mill employees isn’t going to cut it. To build a truly exceptional team, instead of working from the same wish list as every other company, consider looking for these characteristics in your candidates:
Welcome to our first blog of our series “Workplace Reality with Raquel”! I’ll be sharing my personal experience and also getting insight from a variety of professional and experts, all in the hope that you learn something new about navigating the workplace.