Hiring is the most important thing you do.

Originally posted June 6, 2022 – Updated October 12, 2023.

Hiring, an Intro

Ugh. That was our reaction to reading most career and HR focused writing. Ugh.

We found ourselves scratching our heads and flexing eyebrows at the banality of it, of all hiring tips.

Frankly we grew tired of the hiring clickbait headlines too.

Complaints and Data. Complaints about data. Misgivings about Tech. Out right fear of tech. Labor shortages. Too much unqualified labor. Come on folks.

Business is a challenge. People make it run. Let’s get the right people. Or at least train our own people to make them right.

If any of this makes sense to you, read on. If not, click back to your ATS and keep interviewing the wrong people. In the long run, that makes us look good.

What we see and have seen in Hiring.

Founded in 1996, CareerNet is a world leader in recruiting, training and educating employees at all levels of experience for the world’s economy.

If you’ve never heard of us that’s our own fault. We have, until recently (2020), only worked with large international organizations. Our role was to execute turnkey training, education, assessment and recruiting solutions on their behalf. That also means we were brought in to clean up the messes made by more famous consulting companies. Sure, it was profitable (and remains so).

When Covid hit, the corporate landscape was revealed to everyone. Covid exposed (or highlighted) all the weaknesses in every aspect of every business. Plus, we had the added bonus of learning every day how our people felt about work life. Specifically, how they felt about the office. Our office. A career. A job. The lifestyle. The comp. The future. Our industry. Your industry.

It wasn’t pretty. Worse, no one seemed to have real solutions.

That’s not exactly right, the solutions people had during Covid were things that should have been in place already. Things like more connectivity, portable tech that charged easily, and cloud solutions that both centralized our Teamwork and, were easy to use. We should have been able to just pick up a work laptop, bring it home, connect it to Wi-Fi, add a video conference solution and it would all be the same.

Except few of the promises were kept by tech companies who we paid to provide these services because they had people that couldn’t go into the office. They didn’t have people who could use the backend of their cloud hosted system to make fixes or adjustments without being at the connecting servers. And if they did, well they didn’t have enough to deal with the unexpected concurrent user numbers. #TheyWereNotPrepared either.

So, things didn’t work for a while and by extension, neither did people. As an HR Services and employment company we sat around shaking our heads, wondering why better cloud-based solutions were not brought on, and why “unsubscribe” wasn’t clicked more often.

Survivors

The answer was obvious. The survivors had the funds and the people power to stay afloat. They could refund money, blame services hosts, change 24/7chat rooms to email rooms disguised as chat. Think about that.

The survivors were the existing solutions. Other newer, better solutions closed their doors and companies were left with the old, bad solutions dressed up for another day.

And as business operators, managers, executives, team leaders we did nothing but hold on and move forward with the “same old” repackaged solutions and value propositions.  That is not a lot to work with. Then add confused anxious people sitting at home on PCs getting government subsidies to the average tech solutions and, well, you know what the results were.

A New Dawn for Hiring and Recruiting

Or not.

Covid ends and big companies crank up the efforts to grab market share. To do this they need to bring their people back and to expand their staff. So, they go back to their old solutions. Job Boards, Job Boards Job Boards and continue to complain about their inability to find and retain the right people. Worse we’ve seen bidding wars between companies over a single not qualified candidate. It’s a head scratcher.

It never had to be this way and it still doesn’t.

Self-Promotion

At CareerNet we solve workplace people problems. Our projects are leggy. Many were cleanups from others’ failed consulting efforts. Some were structural, like:

“Even if we had training, we’d have no trainers.” or,

“We need to hire 50 programmers but there are only 100 in the world that are actually qualified…”

Maybe because we’ve built, sold, downsized, merged, grown, downsized, grown, and built again we know how to deal with difficult employment problems.

Maybe because our clients have too.

The number one thing we have learned.

Guess what? It’s almost always about your people. Finding and developing the right ones. Giving them economic opportunities that they want. Aligning those opportunities with the goals of your business. Making sure it stays aligned.

Here is another suggestion

If your company is not in crisis, there is no need to force the process on your colleagues. Use your HR skills to introduce the concept in a way that does not interfere with the current business and is not a drain on resources. Or places a new strain on current employees. Be creative, test and interate.

Our inhouse solutions do just that. Now we bring them to our clients of all sizes – be they 1-woman shops seeking to double their employee count or large companies seeking to bolster performance across the enterprise. Creative thinking and implementation of sound long term employee retention strategies remains the key to long term company success.

We are not speaking simply of employee stock option programs or restricted stock vesting programs. The geniuses on Wall Street figured that one out decades ago.

We are speaking about the ability to turbo charge your company performance through intelligent, aligned compensation practices that evolve with the markets your company competes in.

Meanwhile…a community is waiting.

Our local mission is to bring our clients the best available talent or, in times of labor, productivity or economic contractions, to create talent to solve your most important need; productive, critical thinkers.

Our worldwide mission is to match talent and skills with economic opportunity.

Headlines aside, making the economic and career landscape better for employees and businesses is what we do. We (you and us) have each encountered obstacles in pursuit of our personal economic and career goals. We have also operated or been part of businesses that struggle to find solutions to problems limiting their successes.

We believe the answer is always in an organization’s people. Sure, that sounds like a simple cliché. But it amazes us how few organizations make efforts to train or enhance their in-house talent beyond on-boarding. Even fewer train to six months.

In solving our own employee problems and solving employment problems for clients, we’ve learned how to do the important things better than others:

We find the right people.

We find them faster.

We price our services responsibly.

Conclusions

We all know what we know:

The promises and abilities of any ATS are limited to the quality of the candidates within them. Tech is not the answer, it’s a tool once you have an answer. People sourced by tech only, managed via tech platforms rarely succeed long term. Don’t manage your hiring, buisness or retention strategies this way. 

There are always qualified candidates available if you know where to look and how to speak with them.

A company succeeds in direct proportion to the productivity of its employees.

Let’s listen if we don’t know. We are all experienced and smart enough to work collaboratively towards a real solution. We can even deliver it on time!

Join the discussion. Together we’ll create great solutions and move our economy forward. It all begins with people.

Join the Conversation. Influence our World.

0 Comments

Learn more about the CareerNet Companies

Just Interview

Short-term solutions to critical hiring needs. Interview ready candidates.

CareerNet Nation

Developing professionals from all backgrounds for better jobs and careers.

LearnNet

LMS designed by teachers for students. Managed responsibly by CareerNet.

CareerNet

Wholistic hiring solutions companies count on for the long-term.