"...getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by a lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life." Steve Jobs 2005.
T hings are falling apart for many in the Houston Job Market. More and more employees are either getting pink slips or living constantly with the threat of this happening. It seems to be getting worse, especially if you are in an oil and gas related field. But what if we stop looking at this job market breakdown as a sign that things are falling apart, and see it instead as simply the place between what was before and what is coming next?
On a recent trip to San Antonio I was walking down the River Walk and ran into a man dressed up like the Tin Man on the Wizard of Oz. There was a conference that weekend of movie characters. I have to believe I ran into the character for a reason. I was so taken with this Tin Man Character, I had a picture taken with him. I began to go back in my mind and started to remember the story of the Wizard of Oz. Interesting how a famous movie can bring to mind metaphors and allegorical stories that relate to a current event or situation.
A client called me yesterday and told me how happy she was that she used my new model of hiring. She said she was so glad she listened to my suggestion on an Alternative Ways of Hiring. She was a President of a Title Company, and she said she had spent so many fees on candidates that looked good on paper but didn't work out. What she said was music to my ears. When I hear stories like hers, it makes me realize I might be on to something. This new method works. And she also said the owners of her company were so happy she changed direction and were finding people that wanted to come to work and would stay. She also told me her industry had gone thru so many changes. With the housing market collapsing a few years ago, and her industry going thru so many changes, she also had to change the way she was hiring. I asked her what she meant by all of that. She said:
So many people got out of the Title Market in recent years and the ones that had experience from years past and looked good on a resume, were functioning on the old ways of doing business. They didn't have a clue to how things were now.
She said when she would hire people that had experience in the boom days, they didn't want to work hard to develop clients. She said hiring the people I had suggested she consider that had passion and desire to do the job and no directly related experience, made so much better employees. When economies change and we go through severe changes in the marketplace, we also have to change our methods of hiring. That is what this book is all about.
How does the wrong person on paper, end up getting the right job? Well I've seen it happen time and time again. I've been an Executive Recruiter for over 30 years and I've devised a new Model that actually works. Yes it does. I know this sounds like a foreign concept. But in my practice, I do what we call align people, the whole person to a job. Not just the resume. It sounds weird, doesn't it. Well, a lot of my clients thought so initially, too. But it works. And it works very well. It's about getting under the hood of the resume. Oh my, now this person is trying to sound like a mechanic. How can you actually get under the hood of the resume. Well, you start by asking the applicant a different set of questions when you interview them. Of course, you start with traditional questions.Read more
The beauty of being a recruiter for 30 years is that you never stop learning. And sometimes even after the all the experience and training I have had, I continue to learn new lessons. I was hit on the head recently to remember how very important listening is. I had an applicant we will call Tom. Tom was a racehorse candidate that had all the ingredients of a successful placement. I had placed Tom twice in the last l5 years, and I thought I really knew this young man and what his needs were. Well, as we all know, people are a variable product and like all of us their needs change. Tom had an MBA, had a successful career as a sales representative where he had progressed up the Vice President ranks. I always felt Tom had the right stuff to promote into a President of a company, if he was positioned correctly in the right organization.Read more
Statistics and headlines are everywhere. "Oil and gas jobs plentiful in Houston area, state." U.S. Oil and Gas Industry Employment Tops 1 million in 2013." "Jobs Boom From US Oil and Gas.” The positive economic impact of our industry is unmatched – with Texas leading the country in Oil and Gas production, innovation and employment trends. The majority of the growth in 20l3 was concentrated in oil and gas extraction drilling and support activities. In the first half of 20l3 the US Oil and Gas Industry added a net 23,700 jobs for a net growth of 2.4 percent reports TIRO. Moreover, during the past l2 months from June 20l2 to June 20l3, the industry grew by as much a 5.7 percent a figure that topped the overall private sector. And the growth will only continue. But is this really good news when the demand for experienced employees exceeds the supply?Read more