I have been doing independent consulting for 3 years now but get tired of spending the major part of my time developing business instead of doing the work I love and have a passion for; executive and employee coaching, organizational development, and training. So every now and then I look at and for opportunities on the market.
I now know why most people are unemployed for so long. You are either over qualified or under qualified because of salary not because of skills, talent, ability, or experience. Recruiters, both internal and external, spend a lot of time focusing on salary levels because that is what the hiring managers are focused on and not what people are passionate about, excellent at, or enjoy doing. They focus on the old adage, “If you accept a job for lower pay or position, you won’t stay”. Oh, really? If someone is unemployed for 1, 2, 3 years or more, they will stay at the job they can get especially in these economic times. If they believe they are getting a fair wage and the company is engaging and out for the benefit of their employees as well as their customers, the people stay, especially in this economy.
I hear all the time, from employers and recruiters, “We can’t find the right people.” That’s ridiculous. We (the royal “We”) are out here but recruiters are doing recruiting the same old way for decades because that’s what the hiring managers want. Look for buzz words on resumes, check salary people are asking for and eliminating candidates without speaking with them to find out what they are really looking for; what are their passions, what are their goals? Why is this job good for you? Why do you want it? Hiring managers say they are looking for talent but I find most don’t really have a clear picture of what they are looking for or want tons of talent, skills, and experience for cheap dollars. You can’t have it both ways! That’s why jobs and people go begging.
When I was at SAP Labs, a VP at a town hall meeting said this, “Let’s focus on hiring talent first then let’s think about where to place them in our organization.” The only one who knew what it is all about!
Unemployed people are frustrated because they only want a place to ply their passions, skills, and talent. The really successful companies realize it is about true employee engagement and not salaries alone. Every survey shows what employees really care about in this order, most times:
- Being appreciated
- Being valued and used to the best of their abilities
- Given opportunities for development and advancement
Salary comes in 4th, 5th, sometimes even 6th in this order. Employees care about their work, employers care only about dollars. At least that’s what people believe. The companies that recognize the order above are thriving. Those who are still doing business like it was the 70s are struggling while good, talented people are still unemployed.
What do you think? I’d love to know.
About Dr. Fred (DocFred) Simkovsky…
DocFred is an accomplished organizational development/learning consultant, certified master coach, Winslow Profiles Assessment and Workplace Stars Org 360 Consultant building more effective organizations through building Stewardship (listening to the market), Engagement (listening to employees), and Service (listening to your customers). His objective is to work with an organization and/or individuals that truly understand the concept and value of Visions of Success. Visions of Success fosters that each individual contributes their talents, abilities, and skills to a shared achievement of peak performance where everyone benefits for the whole. DocFred has a dynamic 35+ years of experience in multi-disciplinary environments both nationally and internationally.
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