Failing hiring systems

Spend 6 min and 12 seconds on watching this TED talk by Jason Shen who speaks about how the hiring systems of today are failing in recognizing true talent and often (don’t) select candidates based on prejudices. To quote Jason, “The hiring systems we built in the 20th century are failing us and causing us to miss out on people with incredible potential”.

“We should all be expecting to do jobs we’ve never done before for the rest of our careers” – there are 3 pieces of advice on how to do better:

  • Expand your search. If we only look for talent in the same places we always do – gifted child programs, Ivy League schools, prestigious organizations – we’re going to get the same results we always have”.
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#WiseWednesday: Henry David Thoreau

“Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land.” by Henry David Thoreau

LMGTFY: Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862), American essayist, poet, philosopher. A leading transcendentalist. Thoreau is best known for his book “Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay “Civil Disobedience”, an argument for disobedience to an unjust state.

Konsultant Kariery – Kurs [online] I stopnia

Masz wpływ na rozwój kariery innych? Masz w sobie doradczą smykałkę? Chciałbyś to robić efektywniej? Pracujesz w HR i masz min. 7 lat doświadczenia? Jesteś rekruterem, a może coachem? Być może masz już własną praktykę doradztwa kariery i chcesz być bardziej skuteczny w działaniu? Chcesz poznać nasze techniki, narzędzia?

Idealnie trafiłeś – ten kurs jest dla Ciebie!

Po raz trzeci podzielimy się w pełni metodologią firmy Career Angels, która w całej Europie wspiera doświadczonych managerów i executives w planowaniu i zarządzaniu swoją karierą oraz w poruszaniu się po rynku pracy. Career Angels współpracuje także z firmami w ramach usług HR (w tym szkolenia i outplacementy) oraz z wiodącymi szkołami biznesu, prowadząc wykłady z zakresu kariery.

Podczas 4 modułów I stopnia kursu online pokażemy:

  • naszą metodologię opartą na faktach i statystyce (tzw. evidence-based)
  • rezultaty naszych klientów / case studies
  • nasze nietuzinkowe podejście do każdego klienta
  • twarde podejście do miękkiego tematu
  • co (nie) działa w procesach rekrutacyjnych na poziomie executive
  • jak pracować z klientami, którzy nie wiedzą, „co dalej ze sobą zrobić”
  • jak stworzyć efektywne CV dla managerów
  • jak ocenić, czy proces szukania pracy jest skuteczny (tzw. job hunting KPIs)
  • jak wspierać innych przy zmianie branży
  • ciekawostki z rynku, trendy oraz jak „zhackować” LinkedIn

Dlaczego warto? Zapytaliśmy o opinie uczestników z pierwszych dwóch edycji:

„Zawartość kursu przekroczyła moje oczekiwania. Prowadzące dzieliły się swoim wieloletnim doświadczeniem podając bardzo wiele praktycznych przykładów i wskazówek. Duże wrażenie zrobiła na mnie metodologia wypracowana przez Anioły, poparta analizami i statystykami. Nauka przebiegała w kameralnej grupie, w przyjaznej atmosferze. Żadne pytanie Uczestników nie pozostawało bez gruntownej odpowiedzi.”

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Candidate: all replies have been negative!

Looking for a job can be frustrating – especially so, if you have the feeling that you are being super productive and effective. This is just one of many emails we have received in the past months. It’s a good example of how a “false sense of productivity” can be misleading and strengthen disappointment. Quoting Stephen Covey, “If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.

Here the email and below our response to it.

“Dear Career Angels,

Thank you for your work on my CV. Here a quick update – since our last contact:

I have hired a freelancer to collect a list of 100 companies with email addresses of the recruiters / in-house specialists.

I have been sending 2-3 spontaneous applications per day to those companies.

Meanwhile, I have signed up to job portals and been applying to job ads with titles like YYY development, ZZZZ and project management. An average of 4 applications per week.
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Where will you meet us?

Do you want to follow the know-how of Career Angels? Learn about the latest trends? Data? Methodology? Read this blog post to get access to one of our many lectures, webinars, podcasts, webcasts, training sessions and alike!

This week (#40):

Date: October 1 – in the evening
For: HBA – Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association
Speaker: Sandra Bichl
Topic: “Crisis-proofing your Career

In times of Covid-19, crisis-proofing your career might be the smart thing to do. But how…?
Sandra will speak about crisis-proofing your career. Join us – open registration
Event details via LinkedIn events.
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#WiseWednesday: Oprah Winfrey

“You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.” by Oprah Winfrey

LMGTFY: Oprah Winfrey (born 1954), American TV personality and philanthropist. Best known for her talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, which was one of the highest-rated television programs of its kind in history. She became North America’s first black multi-billionaire.

Looking for a job half-heartedly (client case)

When experienced managers and executives are looking for a job – especially for a long time or during “CV-19”-times – emotions, especially frustrations run high! This is just one of many emails we have received in the past months. As it’s a very good example, we’d like to share with you our response to it.

“Dear Career Angels,

I thought you would be curious about the results your services have generated. Well – no results at all.

I have directly contacted 40 companies. 5 of them answered, with 2 of them I talked on the phone or Skype. I sent a follow-up email to the ones that hadn’t reacted after 7 days. After another 3 days, I sent them a LinkedIn invitation. I have contacted 1 alternative decision maker. Result: silence.

I have approx. 20 headhunters in my LinkedIn network, but I haven’t contacted any of them.

I also applied to every job ad I’ve seen on LinkedIn that matched my experience. Additionally, I have directly contacted 6 companies. Each time I received email rejections, not even an invitation for a phone call.

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#WiseWednesday: Thomas Jefferson

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” by Thomas Jefferson

LMGTFY: Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826), American statesman, diplomat, lawyer and Founding Father. Served as the 3rd president of the United States. The principal author of the Declaration of Independence. Was a proponent of democracy and individual rights, motivating American colonists to break from the Kingdom of Great Britain and form a new nation.

CVs are one of the worst tools to select candidates

“CVs are one of the worst tools to select candidates for recruitment processes”. This might be a controversial thing to say – especially when it comes from a company that is paid to do exactly that: write CVs.

Why? Because CVs are:
• written by people who have never been taught, how to do that correctly
• often written in haste
• almost never complete
full of mistakes: typos, formatting, verbose content, lack of results or tangible successes

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#WiseWednesday: Florence Nightingale

“I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” by Florence Nightingale

LMGTFY: Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1910), English social reformer, statistician and the founder of modern nursing. Became an icon of Victorian culture, especially in the persona of “The Lady with the Lamp” making rounds of wounded soldiers at night. Wrote tracts in simple English concerning the spread of medical knowledge.