Take a minute, click on the video below and meet a guy that answered a job ad and was willing to climb (hands and knees) a flight of stairs to get to his first interview. Dean Zimmer can teach us a lot about the power of showing up and having the passion to do great work.
Have you been following any/all of the buzz on, social media and how it is changing how organizations locate, attract and then hire talent? It is a lively topic to say the least.
Keep in mind there is a huge difference between knowing and understanding. Having a person as a contact in a social network (Twitter/Google +, Facebook, Linked In) is knowing who they are, in order to interest them in a new opportunity you have to understand what they want. This requires building a relationship.
A hammer is a tool used to build a house. Social media is a tool used to build a relationship.
The article below is yet another take on social media and how it will/will not be playing a role in recruiting as we move into 2012. The first highlighted quote (see below) is great affirmation for what search entrepreneurs believe. Every professional in a recruiters niche is a candidate. It is a simple concept and the “game changer” for recruiters internal/external who “get” the increasing talent shortage.
“A company either waits for the moment that someone presses the button and turns themselves into a candidate and then jumps on them, or makes a proposition that is attractive and tempts them into candidacy. Hence at the core of Recruitment 3.0 is that everyone is a candidate. And it is up to us to create candidates not wait.”
“If you’re willing to do for a year what others won’t, you can live for the rest of your life the way others can’t.” Author Unknown
This quote has been sticking in my mind for the past few weeks. Such a simple statement but so true as my teenaged kids say in RL (real life). Becoming something great (whatever that may be) requires that you do the things that others COULD do, but don’t.
Remember back to your third grade class, how many of your classmates went on to become doctors, lawyers, CPA’s or engineers. Maybe you did, but maybe you are like me and moved forward in life without those honors. Many of my friends invested the time and effort doing what the rest of us did not and now they have the credentials to prove it. They were not smarter, more talented, or blessed in ways that I was not they just did what I was not willing to do. BTW, I might argue that they would have been better off becoming sales professionals but I will save that thought for another post.
Stop and think about this for a moment, isn’t it exciting? The 10% edge that you are looking for rests right in your hands. All you need to do is identify where everyone else stops, and do those things. Equal opportunity here…. applies when you are in a job search, running a business, managing a group, or starting off your career.
My dad was my first example of this concept in action. He started off working in a factory attending engineering classes at night. Not much of a lifestyle, and not what most of us would choose. Five kids and years later he got that engineering degree, launching himself into a successful engineering career in the auto industry.
Embracing this concept is critically important in today’s economy. Turn off the news and partner up with those that are successful they will give you the clues of what you need to do to go the extra mile and find success.
Hoping that the next time we connect our conversation starts off this way….”I got to the successful outcome I was looking for because I was willing….”