Today I saw a news clip of an Occupy Wall Street protest. I’m not even sure where it was taken, but a sign holder caught my eye.
He was holding a sign that said “I will never get a job in this economy”. It is difficult to find jobs today, but in this guys case I think it will be much harder. Why? ATTITUDE
I used to make hiring decisions when I was in a corporation. My people would screen the applicants for the tangible things like education and experience as well as how they came across in the interview. I would talk with the people they recommended.
I looked for several things when I talked with them:
• Attitude! Were they positive, friendly and eager to work for us. Are they generally “up” people or chronic complainers. Would they be good representatives of our firm with our customers
• Understanding of service. Did they realize the corporation did not exist for serving them but the other way around?
• Willingness to work. Sometimes our people needed to work longer hours, weekends and out of town; would an applicant like this?
• Inquisitive. In the finance business it is necessary to learn about our clients; that is done by being inquisitive above and beyond the obvious
I do not know much about union jobs; so can’t speak to them. I do know that in the non-union world, particularly the professional environments I was in, are very competitive both in getting the job, keeping it and advancement in the company. The folks who get ahead focus on making their employer successful and reap the benefits personally for doing so. They are team players, willing to help each other, and are leaders.
I don’t think many businesses would hire someone who admits that they won’t get a job until the economy gets better. At least not until they run out of good applicants.