Saturday Shoutout!!! Chasing the Purple Squirrel

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Saturday Shoutout!!! Searching for the Purple Squirrel

Issue 4 | Number 5 | 11 May 2013

Given the weak economy and bleak job market, companies have a bigger pool of job applicants to choose from and, therefore, can be much more selective in hiring. Yet these companies still claim that they can’t find candidates with the requisite skills. Peter Cappelli in his latest book debunks the often-repeated argument from employers that applicants don’t have the skills needed for today’s jobs. Instead, he puts much of the blame on companies themselves – including their lack of information about hiring and training costs – and on computerized applicant tracking systems that can make it harder, not easier, to find qualified job candidates.The formula goes something like this: Vacant position + job advertisement = hire the perfect candidate.

Yet according to Lance Haun, HR thought-leader in the HC Online  on 24 January seeking the so-called ‘perfect candidate’ is a trap fallen into far too often.  Lance Haun, a former HR and recruiting pro turned author, says companies continue to throw money down the drain in the hunt for the perfect candidate for an open position. While the cost of hiring the wrong person can be cataclysmic, so too is the cost of spending months and months on the hunt, adding resources such as outside recruiters to the search to aid chances of securing Mr or Ms Right.

Huan wrote in the Harvard Business Review this week that at the crux of this problem is the “purple squirrel” dilemma. It’s a term many in the business use to define those rare candidates that fit the job specifications so perfectly they’re almost mythical in nature. “These candidates are near-impossible to find in ultra-competitive industries and possess the perfect mix of skills, education and experience. A good purple squirrel will work for peanuts (also known as the pay and benefits you’re willing to offer) and just happens to live in the same town as your company,” Huan said.

But here’s the rub. Too often, those candidates simply do not materialise. If the purple squirrel doesn’t show, you’ve spent money and time on a fruitless endeavour. It cost you:

  1. The time the recruiter spent on the opening
  2. The time you, your team, or the recruiter could’ve spent on filling another opening, and;
  3. The time of those impacted by the opening (managers, colleagues).

Is it time to re-think transferable skills, and ditch the purple squirrel? Read on…

About the Author. To fulfill his professional and personal career aspirations, Tony Wiggins created ‘The HR Architect’ brand in 2009.  With a well-grounded focus and passion for HR, he thrives on working across his networks as a thought leader in ‘making a difference’ in the HR arena.

Tony Wiggins is the Founder and UX Editor of Saturday Shoutout!!! and The HR Architect Spends 5 Minutes with ….Tony utilises the blog ‘The HR Architect’ as a social media network and platform that empowers HR professionals to network, assist and support one another, spanning different countries, subcultures and niches.

Contact Tony at thehrarchitect@optusnet.com.au or @tonywiggin on Twitter.

Saturday Shoutout!!! Engage Your Employees, It’s Free.

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Saturday Shoutout!!! Engage Your Employees , It’s Free

Issue 4 | Number 4 | 4 May 2013

Leaders know employees are less likely to put forth their best effort when they are only partially engaged says Jeff James, Vice President Disney Institute. Great leadership comes when you are able to maximise your employee’s potential.  And the best part?  It doesn’t have to cost you a penny, and the rewards are priceless.
When it comes to engaging your employees, think “ARE.” Appreciate, respect, and encourage. Read on… Engage Your Employees, Its Free

About the Author. To fulfil his professional and personal career aspirations, Tony Wiggins created ‘The HR Architect’ brand in 2009.  With a well-grounded focus and passion for HR, he thrives on working across his networks as a thought leader in ‘making a difference’ in the HR arena.

Tony Wiggins is the Founder and UX Editor of Saturday Shoutout!!! and The HR Architect Spends 5 Minutes with ….Tony utilises the blog ‘The HR Architect’ as a social media network and platform that empowers HR professionals to network, assist and support one another, spanning different countries, subcultures and niches.

Contact Tony at thehrarchitect@optusnet.com.au or @tonywiggin on Twitter.

Unleashing the Entrepreneur in Every Employee

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Saturday Shoutout!!! Unleashing the Entrepreneur in Every Employee

Issue 4 | Number 3 | 27 April 2013

Thanks to Vege Galovski for this valuable employee engagement post.  In many industrial work settings, employees are simply viewed as cogs in a machine, i.e. cost of goods sold. It’s a longstanding tradition that dates back to Frederick Taylor and Henry Ford. But that perception sells people short. And it does a disservice to employers and employees alike.

Many people in the factory had successful businesses on the side. They knew how to cut costs and save money in their personal lives. Many found a way to put their kids through college on $10 per hour. They knew how to establish a budget. Some were leaders in their community. Further, they knew the factory so well that they could tell well before final inspection if something was not quite right. There was no rational reason why they couldn’t help run the business and profit from the improvements.

The challenge was to create an environment where the employees didn’t check their brain at the door.

Unleashing the Entrepreneur in Every Employee.

About the Author. To fulfil his professional and personal career aspirations, Tony Wiggins created ‘The HR Architect’ brand in 2009.  With a well-grounded focus and passion for HR, he thrives on working across his networks as a thought leader in ‘making a difference’ in the HR arena.

Tony Wiggins is the Founder and UX Editor of Saturday Shoutout!!! and The HR Architect Spends 5 Minutes with ….Tony utilises the blog ‘The HR Architect’ as a social media network and platform that empowers HR professionals to network, assist and support one another, spanning different countries, subcultures and niches.  Contact Tony at basketa@optusnet.com.au or @tonywiggin on Twitter.

Leadership Can Be Painful…And Very Rewarding

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Saturday Shoutout!!! Leadership Can Be Painful…And Very Rewarding

Issue 4 | Number 2 | 29 March 2013

Leadership Can Be Painful…And Very Rewarding.

About the Author. To fulfil his professional and personal career aspirations, Tony Wiggins created ‘The HR Archite3t’ brand in 2009.  With a well-grounded focus and passion for HR, he thrives on working across his networks as a thought leader in ‘making a difference’ in the HR arena.

Tony Wiggins is the Founder and UX Editor of Saturday Shoutout!!! and The HR Archit3ct Spends 5 Minutes with ….Tony utilises the blog ‘The HR Archit3ct’ as a social media network and platform that empowers HR professionals to network, assist and support one another, spanning different countries, subcultures and niches.  Contact Tony at basketa@optusnet.com.au or @tonywiggin on Twitter.

Saturday Shoutout!!! Overqualified for a job?

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Saturday Shoutout!!! How to prepare for jobs for which you are overqualified

Issue 3 | Number 10 | 20 April 2013

In this article by Rania Oteify it typically reflects what is happening in the Australian job market at the moment.

Being in a spot where you’ve to accept a job for which you may be overqualified is not easy. However, much of this experience can be determined by how you perceive it. If you look at the glass half-full: it is a job that will allow you to pursue a more suitable position without feeling the crunch of finances.

In the meantime, you may get the benefit of being outside the house, having some sort of professional life and avoiding an employment gap. You even may learn some new skills in the process. If you stick with this outlook, this experience can turn into a positive one all around.  Read on …

If you find these updates useful, feel free to forward on to a work colleague or friend.

Graphics: CV Plaza

About the Author. To fulfil his professional and personal career aspirations, Tony Wiggins created ‘The HR Archite3t’ brand in 2009.  With a well-grounded focus and passion for HR, he thrives on working across his networks as a thought leader in ‘making a difference’ in the HR arena.

Tony Wiggins is the Founder and UX Editor of Saturday Shoutout!!! and The HR Archit3ct Spends 5 Minutes with ….Tony utilises the blog ‘The HR Archit3ct’ as a social media network and platform that empowers HR professionals to network, assist and support one another, spanning different countries, subcultures and niches.  Contact Tony at basketa@optusnet.com.au or @tonywiggin on Twitter.

Saturday Shoutout!!! Keeping organisational values alive

Saturday Shoutout!!! Keeping organisational values alive

Issue 3 | Number 9 | 9 February 2013

Organizational values anchor a team, a business unit or a company. They can provide a moral foundation for taking the high ground in tough times or when temptation comes knocking. They reflect and reinforce organizational culture.

Many organizational leaders take the time and effort to come up with an explicit set of values that

If you find these updates useful, feel free to forward on to a work colleague or friend.

Graphics: Blue Ice Consulting

About the Author. To fulfil his professional and personal career aspirations, Tony Wiggins created ‘The HR Architect’ brand in 2009.  With a well-grounded focus and passion for HR, he thrives on working across his networks as a thought leader in ‘making a difference’ in the HR arena.

Tony Wiggins is the Founder and UX Editor of Saturday Shoutout!!! and The HR Architect Spends 5 Minutes with ….Tony utilises the blog ‘The HR Architect’ as a social media network and platform that empowers HR professionals to network, assist and support one another, spanning different countries, subcultures and niches.  Contact Tony at basketa@optusnet.com.au or @tonywiggin on Twitter.

Saturday Shoutout!!! What’s the issue with performance reviews?

Saturday Shoutout!!! What’s the issue with performance reviews?

Issue 3 | Number 8 | 26 January 2013

Joris Luijke argues the intent is commendable for ding performance reviews as it helps people perform better. Yet, staff, managers, and even HR frequently complain about performance reviews.  They are demotivating.  They are anxiety provoking. They are disruptive. What is the obvious issue that is stopping performance reviews from achieving what they are supposed to achieve?

Joris had a hard look at the research and the science of motivation and engagement and developed this interesting article . One thing is clear, it’s good to provide people with honest feedback and encourage managers to coach people to achieve (even) higher performance.

So, talking about performance is good. Read the article by Joris…

If you find these updates useful, feel free to forward on to a work colleague or friend.

About the Author. To fulfil his professional and personal career aspirations, Tony Wiggins created ‘The HR Architect’ brand in 2009.  With a well-grounded focus and passion for HR, he thrives on working across his networks as a thought leader in ‘making a difference’ in the HR arena.

Tony Wiggins is the Founder and UX Editor of Saturday Shoutout!!! and The HR Architect Spends 5 Minutes with ….Tony utilises the blog ‘The HR Architect’ as a social media network and platform that empowers HR professionals to network, assist and support one another, spanning different countries, subcultures and niches.  Contact Tony at basketa@optusnet.com.au or @tonywiggin on Twitter.

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