I spent my formative years as part of a Marine Corps family. Later, I worked for the Marine Corps as a civil servant. Just before I turned 27, I woke up one morning convinced I had to do something different.
My whole life was planned out as far as my mind’s eye could see. It was time to branch out into the <gasp> scary world of civilian life.
A few months later, I was happily working as a consultant for a large corporation. I quickly came to realize that people were not any different in civilian life than military life, though there were a few expressions I had to learn or purge.
I still felt comfortable, and that made me nervous. Rightly so.
Last week, I shared some insights on career change. Once someone makes the mental commitment to change jobs, then starts the real work of updating resumes and prepping for interviews.
Finding “The One”
Job hunting can feel a lot like online dating. Hiring managers post what they want in a relationship (employee/role) and what they have to offer (benefits/culture/etc). Possible candidates respond with their profile (resume) and hope they make the first cut of potentials. Then it might be a phone call (screening interview) or two, before eventually – maybe – making it to an actual date (interview).
Both sides might have to look at a lot of profiles before finding a potential fit. And that’s just the beginning.
“He who fails to plan, plans to fail” Winston Churchill
Planning is critical to the success of any project manager. For hiring managers looking to supplement their project management ranks, the same rule applies. There are steps hiring managers can and should take before and during the recruiting process to ensure a successful outcome after hiring is complete.
When an employee’s passion and vision are aligned to the vision of the organization they work for, magic happens. Alignment, by definition, is
“A state of agreement or cooperation among persons, groups, nations, etc with a common cause or viewpoint.”
What is an organization’s vision if not a cause for its team to rally around and deliver? The “agreement or cooperation” is much easier to gain if an individual believes he or she can achieve his or her own personal and professional goals through the achievement of the “common cause.” It’s only common if BOTH the leadership of the organization and the individual’s expected to deliver are all vested in it.