EPMEPM: Ask The ExpertEPM: HR and Recruitment

A Match Made in Heaven

Whether you are an employee or an employer, this month our experts look at how to find your dream job or ideal staff member.

As a young girl in my Year Seven science class I can remember girls chatting away about their dream man! Doodling names of boys on notepaper, conducting the all-important ‘love’ quiz from Cleo and pasting images of pop stars on folders: all of this was leading us to the snapping up of our perfect man. I’m sure that whilst we were thinking of Tom Cruise, at the all-boys school across the road they were doing the same except they had Elle McPherson in mind. So what does this have to do with recruitment?

For most of us, the person with whom we have chosen to spend our life is probably somewhat different to that of our original list, but guess what? They became the perfect fit.

When selecting a new team member or employer, the same applies. The person or business with whom you choose to spend the next period of time may not resemble the exact outline you had in mind, but from past experience being flexible has fantastic rewards.

It’s time to develop your wish list. If flexibility is key, how can you create the list whilst keeping an open mind? It’s all about the negotiable versus the non-negotiable.

The ideal role
When considering the next move in your career, be that a sideways move, sea change, tree change or role change, there are several elements that make up the ‘ideal’ role and how you can identify the flexible perfect fit. Answer these questions to help with the process:

  • What do you like/dislike about your current role?
  • If a great opportunity came along, what remuneration could you survive on?
  • What environment would you thrive in?
  • How far from home is it realistic to travel?
  • What do I want to achieve for my career/life and family from this next position?
  • Which of the above is non-negotiable?

The flexible fit may mean that in order to achieve your non-negotiable factors of more money, different career, bigger brand or more family time, you may need to travel a little further to work, accept a lower salary package, work for a smaller office or have more, or less, responsibility.

The ideal candidate
So it’s time to hire. Whether this is a new position in your business or replacing an existing team member, stepping outside the square with your ‘ideal’ person may open you up to new opportunities and result in business growth from new ideas. These questions will help with the process:

  • Why has the role become available?
  • If a great person came along, what is the top rate of remuneration you could pay?
  • How much time do you have to train the next person?
  • What personality would best complement your office?
  • Do you really need local knowledge for the role?
  • Do you really need ‘years’ of experience, or is it knowledge and skill you require?
  • Which of the above is non-negotiable?

Finding the flexible perfect fit for your team may mean accepting the best available talent right now who meets your non-negotiable criteria. Finding someone with energy, enthusiasm and knowledge may result in paying a little above your ideal rate, accepting fewer ‘years’ of experience or someone new to the area.
But hey, no one really is the ‘perfect fit’. Perhaps we need to rename this ‘perfect imperfection’.

As you steam ahead into 2013, just like you adjust your expectations daily for the special people in your personal life, consider the special people in your office. No one’s perfect – not even you!

As People Consultants, the team at RECD work with our clients in all of the above areas. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your talent needs and assist you to set realistic expectations and find the imperfect perfect fit.

For more information visit recd.com.au

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Fiona Blayney

Fiona Blayney is the founder and director of Real+, an industry first Property Management learning platform. For more info visit realplusonline.com.au.