Welcome to Intel Mixx Blog ..
Taking control is important. It is about taking responsibility for moving your applications in the directions that you want them to go. Taking control means:
Selection, done properly, calls for commitment of time and resources. For example, Company D want to recruit a project manager. They decide, therefore:
The tasks for Company D break down as follows:
This list means that someone at Company D is going to be very busy. Moreover, since the someone in question is probably a senior manager with all sorts of other conflicting demands on his or her time, it is likely that the recruitment exercise will not be as well coordinated as it ought to be.
In their desire to cut costs, most businesses have been through various phases of headcount slashing in recent years. One of the side-effects has been a vast reduction in the number of administrative and support staff that businesses carry. The result is that more and more work is concentrated into fewer and fewer pairs of hands. Hence, the cracks start to appear very quickly when activities like selection assignments come up -activities that call for concentrated time and effort. They get done but they are not done as well as they might be and one of the manifestations of this is the large number of applications that go unanswered. To the outsider it seems like a case of bad manners. However, the usual explanation is that organisations with insufficient resources cannot get their acts together.
Getting in the Driving Seat
Given the circumstances that surround much selection in modern job market conditions (circumstances that can and do descend into the shambolic), there are enormous benefits for candidates who can take control of events and the pace at which they move. For instance, you can take control when a head-hunter promises to get back to you by saying ¡®I¡¯d rather ring you’ – use the excuse that it is difficult for you to talk at work. The advantage? You are in control. You can keep tabs on the head-hunter and make sure that their mind is focused on keeping your face in the frame. Conversely you will avoid situations where you hear nothing and do not know what to make of it.
‘Don’t ring me, I’ll ring you’
‘Don’t ring me, I’ll ring you’ is what employers used to say. Today it is you, the candidate, who should be saying this.
Steer Job Applications to Successful Outcomes
The immediate deduction to be made from all of this is that job applications should not be left to go off in their own directions. They need steering and they need you to keep a firm grip on the wheel. Consequently, as part of defining the task in front of you when you apply for a job, you should take account of what lies on the road ahead. You should see the straight stretches where you can put your foot down. You should identify where you may have to get into a different gear to struggle up the hills. At the same time, you should learn to heed the warning signs. Never let your attention wander because this is where the danger lies.
Jill Anderson works full-time as an HR specialist for a recruiting firm in Sydney. She is currently busy due to the surge in job applicants for NSW jobs.
March 7, 2014
February 27, 2014
December 17, 2013
December 10, 2013
November 28, 2013
October 30, 2013
October 22, 2013
September 26, 2013