Match.com’s mission is simple: to help singles find the kind of relationship they’re looking for.
Couldn’t you apply the same principle to your business?
You may not be looking for love, but you are setting out to build a new relationship. Whether you’re seeking employees or independent contractors, it’s easy to run into sharks in a fish-filled labor pool.
Coming from someone who has been on both sides of the hiring table, here are some thoughts on how using principles from the dating scene can help you fill an empty slot on your business team:
- Know what your match looks like on paper. Prepare a job description.This will help define the tasks necessary to target appropriately skilled prospects. A bonus – job descriptions help the team overall by clarifying roles and responsibilities across the board, building team cohesiveness.
- Good grooming counts. Really read the candidate’s resume. Typos and poor grammar are a pretty good bet this person isn’t focused on details, which means that your specifics will be treated sloppily, too.
- Search Google. Google will tell you pretty quickly if a prospect is legit. For instance, if you’re seeking someone to populate your social media stream and their social media profiles don’t show up in a Google search – keep looking. You have not found your perfect match.
- Get 3 employment/client references. Then follow up with all three. Ask what tasks were performed, software used and if goals and expectations were met, or better — exceeded. If this prospect can’t meet deadlines, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment and failure.
- Share your value proposition. Skills are important, but good people are also motivated by a strong culture and are drawn in by shared values.
- Try a sample project. Just because you choose someone for a date, doesn’t mean either of you have made a lifelong love connection. In today’s world of freelancing, you have the option to “try and buy”. It’s a way to measure job-related abilities and skills specific to your needs.
Trust your gut. Even if this is your first dip into the team-building pool, you should know how to read people by now. If red flags are flying, follow your instinct and move to safer waters. There are plenty of appropriately skilled folks who will be the right fit – to the benefit of your business and team.
Sonia Schenker has more than 25 years’ experience as an administrative assistant and executive office support professional, specializing in transforming chaos to cadence by assisting new and experienced entrepreneurs identify and implement timely, effective and necessary tasks that become the support structure of their profitability.
She founded Your Job My Office Virtual Assistance in 2009. Sonia is a life-learner and recent college graduate (with honors), having majored in business management. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Sonia lives in the northeastern U.S. with her husband and son. SoniaSchenker.com @YourJobMyOffice, @SoniaSchenker
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