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A new leader recently asked me, “What do you look for in a new hire?”
It’s a common question that I’ve asked myself repeatedly over the years. About a year ago (ironically when I least needed it as I wasn’t anywhere close to hiring anyone) I finally figured it out.
I never formalized it, but as I progressed as a leader, I realized I always looked for the rare combination of four things in a prospective team member. I call them the 4 ‘ations’ of a job prospect.
A prospective team member must display all of these to be considered:
This does not mean “school.” Yes, generally speaking I wouldn’t hire a thirty year old without a high school diploma, but beyond that, formal education means very little to me. What I do care about is what books she’s read and what she’s learned from them. Is he attending workshops or seminars? Is the prospect meeting with a mentor or work study group? Is he listening to podcasts relevant to the work?
What do you do when you need a new job and your network is as cold as ice?
That is the question posed to me recently via email by a man we will call Mark.
I’ve recently read your posts about keeping your network warm and I know what will help me long-term, but I need to get out of my current job NOW!!!
It’s toxic, stressful, and causing numerous problems outside of work. I feel disrespected, belittled, and I need out. But I also need the money.
My network is super cold. I only recently started using LinkedIn and I’ve never intentionally reached out to anyone.
Any advice is appreciated.
To truly grow your network, you have to give. A lot. I have previous written about growing and maintaining your network. You have to keep your network warm for when you truly need it. You must invest in your network so that you are always in the back of people’s minds. And you have to […]
At least 200 hours and $1000. That is the minimum amount of time and money you should spend maintaining your network every year. That includes time, above and beyond your normal work time, spent: Emailing your network. See my post about maintaining a warm network for more on this. Calling your network. Writing to your […]