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.
A growing number of job seekers are happy to commence employment on a fixed term basis (contract), and then if both sides are mutually happy, move to full-time employment status.
If you’re an employer that hasn’t explored this option before, here are just some of the potential benefits:
In our never ending attempts to really know our preferred candidates, the role of reference checking remains as crucial as ever.
Done correctly (that means obtaining the right information) it ranks alongside psychometric testing and interviewing as one of the most reliable predictors of on-the-job performance.
However there’s one small point that occasionally trips up employers – and even some experienced recruiters. It’s the subject of “checking the referees”.
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?
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“.
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.