Technology, philosophy, and how we communicate has changed the workplace greatly in just the past few years, and it continues to evolve. How we work, how we find work, and how we hire have changed vastly. This week, we’ve focused our link roundup on new philosophies, discussions, and predictions about the way the job market functions. Below we start by how we job search, followed by how we hire, and conclude with some links about how we work. Instead of providing straight job advice this week, we hope these links give you a better understanding of the constantly changing workforce.
When we begin our job searches, we internalize all of the work and focus on ourselves. This is great when you’re updating your resume and LinkedIn, but failing to understand the external forces at work can lead to frustration. If you continually are rejected or can’t find the right job, this article will shift your focus. Understand what you can’t control, and what you can control. A great example from the article is that you can’t will a job into existence. Your dream company will hire when they need someone, not when you want to work for them. Revelations like this are what make this article enjoyable and rewarding.
The ‘hidden job market’ isn’t some black market for jobs, it simply describes jobs that aren’t publicly posted online. These types of jobs happen in a few cases. A company may be open to hiring someone, but not actively sourcing. Or they may have someone they are letting go, but don’t want it publicly known that their job will be opening. While you can’t search them on a job board, they are out there, and knowing how to tap into the hidden market is good to know!
This intriguing article points out that traditional job interviews can sometimes fail to assess the best fit, since there can be a lot of posturing by candidates. They know they are on show, and put on a performance of how they want to be seen as opposed to how they actually are. Suggesting that candidates interview each other truly reveals how much they know, and how they interact with others. This tactic should only be used under certain circumstances, but it’s an interesting suggestion for the right type of job. Any positions requiring specific personalities like sales or customer service should consider trying this quirky hiring process.
As times change, unfortunately some companies fail to update their hiring processes. Old ways that were acceptable and normal may now seem rude or odd to candidates used to a more modern approach. Members of Forbes’ Coaches Council have each added their own piece of wisdom on hiring practices that are bad, and could be keeping you from the best candidates. Give this a quick read if you’re considering an update to your hiring process.
When it comes to the way we work, it has long gone hand in hand with behavioral science. One of the biggest debates has been whether or not employees respond better to rewards or punishments. This article from the Harvard Business Review looks at an experiment that was done in a hospital. The experiment was concerned with employee hand washing to avoid potential infections, and rewarding with positive feedback. The full article goes in depth into the psychology behind why one method is more effective. This is a great read for any managers or supervisors!
Most links shared this week examine the modern work world, but this article look even further. CEO of WeWork Adam Neumann is taking population estimates into account, and predicting it will greatly affect the workplace. He believes increased population paired with the new style of living preferred by younger generations, we may see a drastically different workplace. Although it’s mostly conjecture, it’s an interesting future to ponder.
Even if you know you want to become more confident, setting out to actually attain it is not small task. As a vague trait, it can be hard to attain and strive for. Thankfully in this Forbes article Joseph Folkman has some data to benefit his advice. The survey examined managers who were perceived as confident, and then looked at what behaviors matched up with that perception. Here he has collected those traits, which are more achievable goals than just being more confident.
The workplace and hiring process with both continue to change, but looking forward to the future will help you set yourself apart both at work and when looking for work. We’ll be back with advice next week, but we hope you enjoyed the unique links from this week!