Hiring with Honesty rather than Hype

Brooke Allen

Brooke Allen

By Brooke Allen (brooke@NoShortageOfWork.com)

I have developed a unique way of hiring people based on honest full disclosure. I tell my candidates we have two missions:

1) I must get to know the candidate well enough to be able to tell them the reasons it might not be in their best interest to work for me.

2) They must get to know me well enough to be able to tell me the reasons it might not be in my best interest to hire them.

Then, we work together to see if we can overcome the objections. If we can, that is great. If we cannot, we both keep looking.

Many candidates reject me. For example, I recently had a candidate who decided he really wanted to be a humor writer and he admitted that working for me would be temporary. Once he realized how hard I work at developing my employees, he decided I should not hire him. Instead, he submitted stories to my self-parody site, (www.HumongousShortageOfWork.com) and now he writes for the Onion.

Another candidate revealed she was not lusting after a career in my industry, but eventually wanted to do historic architectural preservation. We worked together to identify skills she could develop on the job (writing, organizing, analyzing, planning, etc.) that would be useful to her no matter what she did. Once she saw that we could get her closer to her dream, she was willing to commit to us for long enough to make it worthwhile, and so we hired her.

Job hunting is like dating, with both parties typically painting themselves only in a good light. The employer searches for the “perfect” employee; and the job seeker hopes to land the job.

However, just as marriage does not end with a wedding but rather begins with one, the offer letter is not the goal, but rather the goal is a fruitful working relationship. Good relationships are based on honesty and trust, and those things are founded not in admiration of strength, but disclosure and acceptance of weakness. It is best to begin before the hiring decision is made.

Science supports this viewpoint. I recently had a conversation with Paul Zak, who studies economics and trust at the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies (http://www.neuroeconomicstudies.org). He, three of my job candidates, and I discussed my hiring process. You can listen to our conversation at: http://www.noshortageofwork.com/pages/2180.

Brooke Allen is the Head of the Quantitative Trading Group at a securities firm, and he is the founder of www.NoShortageOfWork.com.

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Surviving Unemployment

Source:  http://www.askmen.com/money/career_200/233_career.html

By Malcolm MacMillan

Entertainment Correspondent

 The quick decline in the North American stock markets in the last few weeks has many of us on edge. With an uncertain economic future ahead, that job that you don’t like very much might be worth hanging onto — at least it’s better than nothing. Chrysler’s announcement in late October that it would cut a couple thousand jobs later this year has many people in the automotive industry wondering if their positions will be on the chopping block, but the automotive industry isn’t the only one that’s scaling back. This period of uncertainty can easily drag you down, but if you find yourself out of work, there are steps to surviving unemployment that you can take.

Here are some of those steps to surviving unemployment to follow during the harder times.

1- Stay positive

If you’re handed a pink slip, your first rush of emotions might include shock, anger, sadness, and perhaps, a bit of embarrassment. Don’t hang your head, though; you were laid off due to the company going through a period of financial uncertainty and cutbacks. You weren’t fired because of poor performance.

After you get the news, give yourself a few days to rest, recoup and, if needed, feel sorry for yourself. After that, the first rule of surviving unemployment is to hold your head up and focus on finding new employment. Don’t wait too long, however, because if you were part of a mass series of layoffs, most of your former coworkers will be job-hunting as well. You don’t want to be one of the last people to get your resume into the hands of potential new employers.

Keep in mind the skill set that you will be taking to a new job and be confident that you’ll be the person who gets called for an interview. If you’re dropping off a resume in person or calling about a position, put on your positive hat and make sure you come off as a confident, successful person. Follow the tips in this step and surviving unemployment will be that much easier.

2- Find a hobby

We don’t recommend spending day and night doing only what you enjoy because, at some point, you’ll have to pay the bills. However, spending eight hours a day searching for a job, especially if you’re hitting dead ends, will only leave you drained and frustrated. Surviving unemployment requires you to give yourself a few hours of escape each day — whether it’s going for a long walk, reading a book or watching a movie. During that time, try to avoid thinking of your predicament. When you can clear your mind, you’ll relax easier and the prospect of job-hunting the next day will seem far less daunting. A word of caution: Choose an inexpensive hobby — now is not the time to pursue your dream of collecting antique cars.

Surviving unemployment requires you to trim down in more ways than one

3- Cut out regular expenses

You don’t know how long you’ll be out of work, which means that while you’re surviving unemployment you’ll need to stretch every dollar in your bank account. If you’re addicted to $5 cups of coffee at the nearest designer coffee shop, now is probably a good time to quit that habit. Even if you’re only drinking one cup a day, that’s between $25 and $35 each week that you could be putting toward a better use. Also, if you drive a lot and are worried about the price of gas, consider walking or taking public transit. Eating out, even if you’re simply grabbing something at a fast food restaurant, is one of the biggest expenses you can eliminate. If you ate out during each workday, you were spending at least $50 a week. Save that money or put it to better use on such things as groceries.

4- Stay healthy

As you were told in school, a healthy mind is an active mind. If you’re filling your body with high-sugar, high-fat foods, you’re not doing yourself any favors. You need energy during this trying time, and heavy foods aren’t going to help you be at your best. Try to eat fruits, vegetables and fish, which won’t leave you feeling bloated and uninspired. Your brain and body need to be full of energy for the job-hunting process, so make sure you’re treating your body the way it needs to be cared for. And while you’re eating better, get some exercise. You’ll feel better physically and emotionally, and you’ll sleep better at night.

career opportunities

Remember, more often than not, good things come to people who not only work hard, but are positive. There are not a lot of positive aspects about being unemployed, but perhaps this situation will give you the chance to finally make a jump to a career you’ll really enjoy. Take this dilemma as an opportunity, feel good about yourself and look forward to the day when you set up your desk at a new office — it might be sooner than you think.