Hiring Practices: Keep on Being What You’ve Always Been

Hire the Best - Use for Web applications, emails, etcI love everything there is about movies.  Recently I watched “The Samaritan,” staring Samuel L. Jackson who plays an ex-con named Foley.  The movie opens with Foley being released from prison and stating;

“If you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you keep on being what you’ve always been. Nothing changes unless you make it change.”

The movie is about Foley’s conviction to that belief and how it effects the decisions he makes.

As a movie, “The Samaritan” is worth seeing but what has haunted me since seeing it is this opening statement by Foley.

It has me thinking about the routine things I do daily and whether those choices are leading me to the results I want.

What about you?

In 2008, the employment market turned upside down. The recession accelerated the changes that were slowing unfolding anyway.

Three of those trends include:

  • A shrinking labor pool of experienced players
  • “A” player candidates sticking with a job instead of moving
  • Mediocre players got out of the game but a few are still being recycled

These trends continue to affect the labor market.  What have you changed in order to keep ahead of these trends?

Have you changed your hiring practices to tap into the talent you need or are you still doing things the way you’ve always done them?

If you’re writing a job description, posting an ad on job boards that describes the position, taking resumes, and still making your “first cut” decisions solely based on resumes, you are sorely behind.

imagesCAZS1C24I hate to spoil the movie for you but Foley ends up dying in the end but not for the reasons you might think.  He dies for his belief that he must make a change in order for there to be a positive effect on the future.

It has been four years since the employment market turned upside down, yet I still run into HR department heads and hiring managers who still believe if they keep writing the same script and producing the same movie that somehow they will end up with a happy ending.

If you are not happy with the results you are getting from the choices you’re making in whom you are hiring and you are willing to look at making some adjustments in order to remain competitive, then you’ll want to download:

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