I find it ironic when hiring managers still focus solely on an individual skill or trait of a potential employee and not the bigger picture. One of the first pieces of advice I received in my professional career was “find what you’re good at and do it better than anyone else.” In the beginning, that’s what I set out to do but quickly realized that’s not who I am. I have found in today’s marketplace how essential it is for leaders to hold multiple skills and learn a variety of trades. I once had a billion dollar retailer tell me in an interview when asked what I desired to do, that I couldn’t do both things I’m interested in. I have to choose one or the other because they are two different jobs. Perhaps if you’re looking for a career solely in large corporations but for the majority of Americans that work for small businesses and non-profits, it’s not enough to be an expert in one area. Read the Post Pass the hat: Why it’s essential to have a diverse skill set in today’s marketplace
Have you applied for a job your perfect for and never received an opportunity to interview? Did you sit around wondering how you didn’t even meet the criteria for an interview? You’re not alone. However, if you’re the hiring individual, are you missing out on the perfect individual to take your company to the next level? When a hiring manager posts a new position, it’s not uncommon for them to receive hundreds of resumes. Therefore, companies have to figure out ways of weeding out the stack. Through my research and relationships with employers, I have determined three of the most common reasons why qualified applicants never receive an interview. Read the Post Is your job description fogging your ability to hire?
I have the bug. The entrepreneur bug that many business owners and serial entrepreneurs talk about. It’s the characteristics of someone always coming up with new ideas to start businesses. Businesses love when employees have that entrepreneurial spirit that brings new ideas into their business and continues to encourage creativity within their business environment.
In 1978, Gifford Pinchot coined a term called, “Intrapreneurship” that Pinchot defines as “dreamers who do. Those who take hands-on responsibility for creating innovation of any kind, within a business.” Three years ago I started using this term “intrapreneurship” as something I could identify with. I didn’t want to own a business but wanted to innovate someone else’s business. I thought I was creative in coming up with this amazing term. It wasn’t until later I found out there’s a whole institute created by Pinchot with an emphasis on intrapreneurship. I didn’t come up with the concept, but I did quickly identify with the notion. Read the Post The Art of Intrapreneurship