So we all know what it is, we all know what is really means, but how often do we use it correctly and how often do we use it to make things easier for us. The term “company Fit” really stands for the way in which your personality, work style and ethics, and over all demeanor fits within a given company or even group.
However in talking to numerous candidates it appears the term has been used as a catch all or as the easy way out when a recruiter or hiring manger just does not want a given candidate but cannot tell us why or the reason is not something that is, shall we say ethical.
It is important that we as staffing professional understand the culture of our company and groups so that when we say a candidate is not a fit we can explain what that means. It is a legitimate reason, I mean someone use to working in a fact, upbeat, go getter type of environment would not work well in a laid back, slow paced environment, that is an example of not being a goof “Company fit”.
However it is equally as important that we as staffing professional do not allow the term to be used as a catch all when no real or ethical reason can be given. We must hold ourselves and our hiring manager’s feet to the fire and ensure that the reason is ethical, legal and morale, and the term not a “Company Fit” is not a catch all to hide behind. If we do not then we put our reputations, the reputation of the hiring manger and company in jeopardy, not to mention at risk for legal action. Trust me word will get out and eventually something will happen.
So in the end, let’s remember the term “Company Fit” rally means something and is not a catch all or something to hide behind.
Can you look at yourself in the mirror?
Long ago I made a promise to myself. I promised myself I would live by 4 simple rules.
As long as I do not do or say anything I would be ashamed to tell my kids I know I am doing the right thing, treating others well, and setting a good example. It also means I am being honest, and ethical in my work. I am treating others the way I want to be treated and in the end that is what matters most. Treating those around you well. Treat others well and they will treat you well, in you work and personal life.
Why do I Love being a Staffing Professional!!
So I have been in staffing for over 20 years. In fact it was 20 years last week. It started me thinking why did I get involved in staffing, why do I love it so much. Now some who are in staffing will say it is the money, some the freedom, especially if you are a consultant. Other might say the hunt, others the challenge. In thinking long and hard about it I came to the conclusion that while all those reasons I pointed out above are legitimate, they are not the main reason why I love staffing. For me it came down to the feeling you get when you find a great candidate and you get them hired into a great company that is needing them. That perfect marriage that “win win” is why I love staffing. All the rest the money, the hunt, the challenge etc. they are all a part of it, but the feeling I get from them pales compared to the “win win”. In fact if you get the “win win” you get all the rest. Remember the “win win” if you got that everything else falls into place.
Converting a Military job to the Civilian World and more!!
So one of the most difficult things to do is convert a military occupational classification (MOC) or job to a civilian job. It is hard because the MOC’s typically do not carry standard titles, and the verbiage used to describe it is military talk. The problem is without this ability you cannot help a veteran get a job, write a resume or anything. However below is a list of links to sites that can help you do this exact thing.
Now prior to looking up their MOC you should also get their dd214, which is their separation paperwork and will have training and education they have received on it, also get their ACE Transcript or verification of military experience and training which will tell you even more about their education, training etc and also get their DA form 2-1 which will have even more information about their training, assignments, and education.
Remember that in the military soldiers get a primary job and also secondary jobs and sometimes these secondary jobs are better than the primary and can open up the doors to better civilian jobs.
If you get all this it will be very easy to see what they did, how it translates to the civilian work force and makes it much easier to help them get employment.
The moving target that is the job Description!!
We have all seen it and dealt with it. A job Description (JD) not written with us being involved, that says almost nothing, and when you speak to the hiring manager (HM) and ask question they give you almost nothing.
Part of the problem is the HMs may not even know what they what. The other problem might be the questions you are asking. So given that here are some great ideas of question to ask when speaking to the HM about their opening.
However if you ask these 5 questions, and listen careful and ask follow on, next step and clarifying questions based on the answer you get, you will end up getting everything you need.
It’s just like interviewing a candidate each answer leads to another question until you get the information you needed.
Helping people connect with their Destiny”