As the new year gets under way, budgets have been refreshed, positions have opened up and now you're expected to hire fifty people in, like, a month. If this sounds familiar to you, then you know what time it is.
Recruiting can be a trying and unsure process for many companies. On one side of the spectrum you may feel as if you’re about to give up on humanity as you slog through yet another “stylishly” formatted resume that badly needed to go through spellcheck. On the other side, you may be also wondering why the crickets are chirping and absolutely nobody is applying to any of your open positions.
Either way, hiring season can be a time of trials and tribulations for companies of every size and shape. First off, we feel your pain. Second, we can probably help. Third, we’ve compiled these awesome Ted Talks for anyone who’s involved in the highs and lows of hiring. These thought-provoking videos may give you a fresh perspective on recruiting.
This great talk is given by UPS Human Resources exec. Regina Hartley. She discusses the true value of a resume by categorizing applicants into two classes: “Silver Spoons” and “Scrappers.” At first glance, you may be more inclined to hire the Silver Spoons, the candidates with perfect resumes and big name schools on their roster. However, Hartley recommends giving those who’ve experienced adversity a second glance. People with the grit to keep on chugging may be more motivated, persistent and adaptable in the workplace.
Sheena Iyengar, psycho-economist and author of “The Art of Choosing,” elaborates on how businesses can improve on the experience of choosing. A common issue experienced by everyone from modern consumers to recruiters is the choice overload problem. The more options a person is faced with, the more difficult and muddled the act of actually choosing becomes. Iyengar goes over a multitude of great strategies for how to deal with the problem of choice in modern society, where thousands of different alternatives to consumer items such as dish soap to job candidates exist just a click away on the Internet.
Did you know that stress can make you more social and empathetic? It can make you a better at communicating and connecting with others during crunch time –as long as you approach your understanding of the stress response in the right way. Kelly McGonigal’s Ted Talk sheds light on the pros of repositioning your perspective on stress as health hazard into an energy and focus-heightening tool that can help you rise to any challenges you face in the interview room or with a mountain of resumes.
Have you ever made what you thought was the perfect hire who ended up being a total wrong fit for the culture or role? It’s possible that this hiring decision made you look bad or set back an important project for your team. Recruiting mistakes are common and you shouldn’t beat yourself up about it. It’s tough to get the full scope of a person’s work ethic, attitude and professionalism from just a couple of interviews and a piece of paper. In either case, it can be beneficial to reposition the way you feel when you make the wrong decision. In this Ted Talk, journalist and author Kathryn Schulz elucidates on the power of embracing fallibility and accepting that no one can be right all the time.
Keep calm and carry on this hiring season. Remember, if you need an extra boost or any help with filling your open roles, FirstJob offers a complete recruiting solution for businesses of all size.
Amy Liu is a Digital Marketing Associate at FirstJob and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley. In her free time, she loves exploring San Francisco and trying out tasty new restaurants.