February Tip Sheet


Due to declining unemployment rates, it is taking employers 40% longer on average to fill their open positions. So, what is an employer to do in a tight labor market?

First, try posting your jobs earlier and, if possible, anticipate openings before they occur.

Second, extend your job posts to multiple job boards to have greater position exposure. Several formerly unconventional sites such as Craigslist are gaining in popularity and may provide a new pool of potential candidates for your company.

Third, expand your search by seeking prospects that are experienced in like (but not exactly the same) fields. Telemarketers, as an example, often have a customer service mentality that may work in other industries.

Fourth, and most importantly,  DO NOT give-in or just settle for what is available. There is often a temptation to put someone, anyone into a chair that remains open for too long. An AcuMax red match or an unacceptable yellow match is not a solution for an open position that is hard to fill. Take your time and extend the search if necessary. The only thing worse than filling an open position with a low-quality candidate is having to do it again – and again – and again. Be patient and wait for the right candidate to come along.       

Funny Things in Real Resumes
·         Please don’t misconstrue my 14 jobs as me being a job hopper.
I have never quit a job.

·         It’s best for employers if I don’t work with people.

·         I was working for my Mom – before she decided to move.

·         I received a plague for salesperson of the year.

·         I am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details.

·         Reason for leaving last job:  maturity leave.

·         Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest retail
chain store.

·         The company made me a scapegoat just like my last three
previous employers.

·         I am loyal to my employer at all costs – Please feel free to
respond to my resume on my office voice mail.

When Is the Last Time You Washed a Rental Car?
Probably never. And, why is that? Simple, you don’t own it. We don’t value, maintain or care for things that we don’t own nearly as much as those we do. Rental cars are someone else’s property and are treated accordingly. They are seldom washed by the renter and little thought is given to their care so long as mistreatment doesn’t result in a chargeback to you. As a business company or a leader do you give your employees an opportunity to “own” their work?

Owning your work is being given a modicum of control. You have some say in the manner and method of accomplishment. An assignment that starts out as their project – becomes your project as you devise and execute the plan you have chosen to accomplish the goal. Over direction, constant checking in,  over-the-top reporting requirements, second-guessing and micromanagement are killers of autonomy. Consider what you can do to help your High A’s “own” their work by giving them more freedom,  empowerment and trust. Sometimes “to be a good boss – you just need to select good people, point them in the right direction and get out of the way”.