It amazes me how many people still believe:
The more candidates you have to choose from, the better your chance of finding the right person.
This is a fallacy that gives people comfort – while also ensuring they waste time in reading too many resumes, then sorting, ranking, interviewing and notifying too many applicants.
Imagine an alternative reality:
When you advertise a vacancy every applicant is so switched on by what you say that they are already screened to fit your core values.
And they personally deliver their application to your office!
You would receive far fewer applicants but every one of them has already passed through a filter before you even see their resume.
This is not a fantasy. It actually happened to our accountant, Accounting and Taxation Advantage, when they advertised with these words:
At Accounting & Taxation Advantage our
philosophy is simple. We want to impact our
client’s lives, their families and their communities.
We are looking for a
(experience not necessary) that wants to join our
proactive, innovative, award winning accounting
firm. Beware though – we are not normal
So if you dream of a workplace where you are
encouraged to share your ideas to grow the
business, are provided professional and on the
job training, where you want to see your clients
succeed, where everyone is rewarded for their
efforts but importantly where you work hard and
are a committed part of a team then we may be
what you are looking for.
Inspired? Then drop your resume in person to
our Glenbrook office by May 31.
How does this compare with your most recent job ad?
If you want to stop wasting time on inappropriate applicants, you need to know:
1. Why you do what you do;
2. What makes your organisation or department special;
3. Where you’re headed and how you plan to get there.
Once you’re clear on those three points it will be easy to ignore the biggest recruitment myth!
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