The use of contractors instead of full time employees is an employment option that is growing in popularity.
More and more, a significant percentage of the ‘work’ that gets done in organisations has a short-term or ‘project’ focus to it.
Occasionally, an employer will proudly tell me how they have “researched” their candidates by checking their Facebook page. My first question is always: What did you learn?
If they tell me they were concerned by pictures suggesting the candidate is a “party animal”, it immediately takes me to my second question: How did the candidate perform during their phone screening, interview and reference checking?
Some employers I’ve dealt with insist on only hiring people with direct experience in their industry. Their reasoning is usually that they can “hit the ground running”. In other words, they want and expect them to become productive in the shortest period of time. This will reduce the time and cost that would otherwise have to go into training.
I’ve always said the following to job applicants about the content of their resume:
“Print whatever you like, as long as you realise that if you’re interviewed, you should expect to be scrutinized over every single detail“.
All of our content is presented for employers and our blog is no different. This entry is a case in point.
Here’s a magazine we’ve long respected for their contribution to the development and support of SME’s in Australia.
Their article today entitled “How important is cultural fit when recruiting” is one of the first we’ve seen that explains the topic in a format that’s easily understood.
CBS News today talks about some high flying American CEO’s caught out for faking qualifications on their resume.
The article plays it down slightly by saying that your ability to lead doesn’t have a lot to do with your academic qualifications – and we’d agree on that point however the real issue for employers is that qualifications do have a bearing on performance for many job roles.