Mobile Phones. Televisions. Hybrid cars. Everything has changed. From the way we eat to the way we work out. Now we pay large quantities of money to work out in a garage setting throwing tires & pulling on ropes. One can see that our world is ever changing & evolving. With the vast advancements in technology allowing more & more people to continue their education online, opportunities seem limitless. The question remains, "why is it so difficult to find good help?" Let's take a look at the red-flagged prospectives employers may encounter.
The Terrell Owens Employee: Growing up in the Midwest, I remember hard-working, driven individuals. My parents & grandparents started working for a company in their late teens or early twenties, depending on college, & stayed there through retirement. Now we act more as free agents. We sign with one team for a year or so, building our reputation & endorsements in order to be picked up by another team for more money, failing to build any loyalty with the team or its fan base.
The Heisman Employee: Today, there seems to be a sense of entitlement. These tailored young men & women step into the workforce with a piece of paper labeled "degree" & instantly their stock is worth more than what a company is willing to shell out. Somewhere in their 4 years they were instilled with the notion that simply having a degree means you are a shoo-in for the position, as a starter with a huge signing bonus. By no means am I saying a degree isn't desirable. A degree should enhance an applicant, not define them. Just ask Tim Tebow, Matt Leinart & Troy Smith.
The Johnny Football Employee: I studied at a private college, lived abroad, & performed in more than 10 countries. I spent most of my teens in the spotlight. But I left college early to start a career. Are these attributes transferable? We appear blessed to have that sense of ego grace our presence in the workforce, in the form of glorified résumés. This document that high school grads, college grads as well as dropouts carry with them is as valid as a fake I.D. Sure, it can get you in the door, but you are still too young, too ill equipped for what's inside.
Let's go back to the original question. Why is it so difficult to find good help? It's simple. You can't measure drive on a résumé. A piece of paper is piece of paper. Employers, we need to take a résumé with a grain of salt. Find new ways to interview. Weed out the lazy & engage the hard working, driven individuals. When we do this, we become rewarded with dedication, loyalty & a high morale staff. Interviewees, be yourself. Show them who you are, what you can do, & how hard you are going to work. Put in the time & position yourself to succeed.
"The difference between a successful person & others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will." - Vince Lombardi
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