Imagine you own a business. You have spent countless hours building your company, countless hours away from your family and you have invested the majority of your life’s savings.
Your are very proud of your business and work diligently to protect its integrity and longevity.
Now, imagine that your business is growing and you need to hire someone to fill a key role. And if you are the owner of a small business, or even large business some might add, every role, from top to bottom is important.
Would you hire you?
Think about this question very seriously and honestly. You know yourself better than anybody. You know your strengths, your weaknesses, your likes and your like-nots.
If you said yes, you would hire yourself, then you are either narcissistic or you have it all together, in which case I commend you.
But many of us would question the thought and would hesitate to hire someone like yourself to be in charge of your business.
After analyzing myself in recent years, I cannot, on most days, figure out why people even want to be friends with me? Much less hire me! It is easy to see all of our misgivings and remember all of the bad things. We also, though, need to remember all of the positives that have gotten us where we are today.
I think back on the times I have been fired, disciplined or passed over for promotion. But the real question to ask is why? What led to these negatives?
You have to be willing to acknowledge your faults, accept that they exist and devise a plan that will make you stronger. Although this is not an easy task, it is crucial to our growth. You may find that some of these faults are out of your control. Family issues, medical issues, etc. can cause stress and issues at work. That is okay. Analyze them anyway.
Now, to be fair, it is also important to define the type of business you own or the type of employee you are looking to hire. Some industries have different standards. Not higher or lower, just different. If you are a personal trainer you probably will not be wearing suits to work. If you are a banker you will not be wearing shorts. Pretty common sense.
The point is to present yourself in the best way possible to optimize your chances in your industry of choice.
Today’s employers have more information at their disposal than ever before. Most, if not all, check social media accounts, credit reports, references, former employers, etc.
Good jobs are scarce. Sure, you can find a job. But to find the job you want means going the extra mile to make yourself stand out in a field full of attractive candidates.
Ask yourself, are you being the best you can be? Are you putting your best foot forward everyday? Are you working to improve your life and your current situation? What steps are you taking?
More importantly, what is your attitude? Sure, education and experience make big differences. But, all things remaining equal, displaying the right attitude, a positive attitude is vital.
Taking steps, even small steps, toward bettering your life gives you confidence that resonates in every area. We all have our share of problems and our ups and downs, past and present. But these problems do not have to define us.
It is important to look at your life from a distance. Analyze your finances, your social media, the state of your life in terms of relationships, etc. How do your former employers, co-workers, clients, business associates, and even former professors see you?
How do you carry yourself? How do you dress? Are you posting every move you make? What is your coworker’s opinion of you?
Think about it. We will start with social media.
Many employers look directly to social media to gain a snapshot of the life of a potential employee. What does your Instagram account or Facebook account say about you? In many cases the interview process ends here. In what manner are you presenting yourself? Would you hire that person?
Another interview killer is your credit report. More employers than ever are checking the credit on its potential hires. Even if you will never handle money or have any financial responsibility in your new role. So why do they check credit? Financial responsibility is a good way to view the character of a potential hire. There are many people out there with excellent character and bad credit. Things happen and that is understandable. But, again, we are talking about hiring the best candidate. Not a great candidate. Or someone who “will do”. We want the best. Make yourself that person.
Calling former employers or business associates is also a common way to learn more about a candidate for employment. Were you the employee who went above and beyond to succeed? Did you accomplish tasks without being asked several times? Or were you the person whose attitude always exposed the true you. You know, the person who always says, “that’s not my job” or “I’m not getting paid enough to do that.” Nobody wants to be taken advantage of. I get that. But overdelivering is the best way to keep your job, get promoted, or be offered a new, even more exciting opportunity.
Ask your friends and family to give you a personal, honest assessment. What do they think are your strengths and weaknesses? What do they think you can do better? Encourage them to be completely honest with you. Your future depends on their assistance.
You may also ask your friends and family to hold you accountable for your goals. Do you want to start dressing better? Eating better? Making better financial decisions? Find a mentor, tell them your goals and devise a plan, with them holding you accountable, to reach your goals.
I personally believe that finding a mentor to hold you accountable works in every aspect of your life. They can help you spiritually, mentally and physically and make you infinitely better.
So when it comes to hiring, are you the one? The no-brainer, “hell yes” candidate that you are looking for? You can be.
Work hard. Become the person that you would want to hire. And reap of the rewards of a life well lived.