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Jun 24

Something an HR Manager Will Never Say

Posted in Career Article, Tips & Tricks at 2:08 pm

“Get me a candidate, ANY candidate will do!”

 I read a great blog the other day with the headline At What Point Do I Take “Any” Job? by Hannah Morgan, over at Career Sherpa. I think millions of unemployed, especially the 99er’s, have passed that point. Millions of American workers are underemployed (working below their skill level), or they are working part-time or in the temporary market. 

But, unfortunately, many people trying to get any job find it just as difficult as finding a job in their industry. Why? It is important for job seeker’s to know a little bit about how companies hire employees. Here are three reasons recruiters and hiring authorities do not hire based on: “Get me a candidate, Any candidate will do!”: 

1. The Perfect Fit – The first reason companies–small to large–won’t hire any candidate is because it is completely the opposite of best practices: hiring employees is about hiring the “best” possible candidate, the perfect fit. Talent acquisition requires bringing top employees on-board. And with so many talented candidates available today, hiring managers have both time and plentiful applicants.

2. Bad Hires – A top function of HR and hiring authorities is to to eliminate candidates. And the top reason to disqualify an applicant is that they are overqualified. If you are a programmer applying for a cashier position at the local discount store, 9 times out of 10, you will be deemed overqualified. It would be a bad hire, because the company would have to train you, and most likely, you would quit as soon as you could get a job in your career field. Trust me, (an ex-HR Manager), making a “bad hire” will not please the bosses. 

3. Employees are Expensive – For the job seeker, it is simple: they have a skill set and talents that they will exchange for a monthly salary. For the employer, it is a bit more complicated. They have a budget for recruiting, hiring, and training. There is also the “Labor Burden Cost” obligations beyond salary which include taxes, benefits, vacations, uniforms, overtime, and other perks. So the actual cost of employing a worker can cost the employer anywhere from 9-50% above the annual salary. Therefore, any candidate will not suffice. 

Even though many job seekers have already crossed the any job line, most companies will never hire any candidate. Focus your search in your industry (changing career or industries is a different blog altogether); or, if possible, look toward freelance opportunities and entrepreneurship. Think income, multiple streams of income, because more often than not,“any” job will not do.