By Carmen Lapham, Director of Recruiting and Operations, Q4B
One of our consultants who manages all of our Social Media channels recently forwarded a blog post from John Jantsch, the author of The Referral Engine and Duct Tape Marketing. The post posed the following question, “What makes the work you do worth it?”
In gathering some research for his new book, The Commitment Engine, Jantsch posed this question to a number of people and discovered that there is no right answer and there is a distinction between those who could give their answer off the top of their heads and those who had to think about it, or asked to get back later with their answer. Those who could answer right away seemed to have a deep commitment to some purpose that made the work that they do worth it. Those who could not immediately answer seemed to have no purpose for the work that they do.
When I asked myself this question, I immediately thought of how much of a difference I make in peoples lives; how much I contribute to the success of the candidates that I place and the companies who have hired our great candidates. The work that I do also allows me to help provide for my family, my family’s future and affords me the opportunity to give back to my local community and to pursue a number of interests away from work. It does all this because I get paid well to do it.
I am considering posing this question to my candidates when I interview them. It would I think elicit a much different response than asking the standard questions, “What was your reason for leaving your last position (assuming they are no longer with that company)? or What are you looking for in a new position, why are your looking?”
Asking “What made the work that you are doing or were doing worth it?” would tell me a lot about the candidates interests, his/her commitment to their work, how much value they place on being paid for what they do and what type of work would motivate them, really allow them to thrive in the right environment.
I would also want to see how quickly they respond to the question, immediately or delayed. That too would give me some insight into their commitment to some purpose that made the work that they were doing worth it.
Now, ask yourself this question. Was your answer immediate or delayed?
Chances are pretty good that if you are in the recruiting business and good at what you do your answer would be immediate and similar to mine. Ours is a profession that for those of us who do the work well can provide a great deal of worth.
Any candidate who is reading this blog should ask themselves this same question. It just might give you a whole different perspective on the work you do, or the work you would like to do. And remember if I interview you I will be asking you this question. Be prepared!
Now here are a few Hot Jobs for this week and as you might imagine it will be well worth your time to look at them.
- Global Information Security Manager – Think investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings for global clients all depending on your Information Security expertise. Awesome!
- Senior ERP Project Manager – And no, you won’t get this job just because your first name is Wyatt. You will need to come prepared to show your PM skills as well.
That is it for this week. If you are interested in the Hot Jobs above click on the link and apply through our Talent Hub. We will respond quickly and we will value your time. At Q4B candidates are our customers too.
And remember after reading this blog be sure to Like, Retweet, Pin it, and +1 this post. You never know who is going to see the positions and think that it is the perfect position for them.
Til next week!