Here’s an interesting question…do you employ people for jobs or do you build your jobs around each individual you employ?
Where do you draw the line?
I have regular discussions with business owners, senior decision makers and hiring managers who are looking for people to “tick all the boxes” for vacant posts as per very specific (non negotiable) job descriptions and as a result of this they haven’t employed anyone at all and usually tend to have their vacant positions open for months on end.
Imagine having a key position vacant for the past year which is (in a very significant way) going to be impacting the rest of your team, your business, your clients and ultimately revenue and market position.
In the current business climate the majority of the people and the companies which are succeeding are those which continue to be flexible, those which are constantly adapting and innovating in order to keep making money.
The good news is that more and more companies are taking an increasingly pragmatic approach to the job fit vs candidate fit by regularly adapting role profiles.
When they meet people who they really want in their business they adapt, innovate and simply put…. find a way to make it work!
I would bet that these companies are amongst the leaders in their field.
If they are applying similar principles to the rest of their business its a pretty safe bet in my view.
If you are hiring and have had an open vacancy for a long time yet still cant find the right person then maybe the person with the skills and experience you want simply doesn’t exist or if they do then maybe your business just isn’t an attractive enough option for them to want to join?
There’s actually a good chance you have already met the ideal person for the business need, maybe you just need to find a way to make it work.
Taking a more open and flexible approach and being prepared to build a role around a person enables an organization to utilize more of each employees strengths rather than just the specific skills / experience required for a pre-set role.
The company stands to gain a higher return on investment for each person they employ and as long as the employee is receiving fair compensation for an expanded role they are normally happier as well.
The world has changed, ticking boxes is not enough.
Don’t restrict your business by looking for the obvious or by doing things a certain way just because that’s the way you have always done things.
Be open to new ideas…. be entrepreneurial!
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