Recruiting is a tricking business in the best of times -- add the situation we live in today and it's even nuttier. Definetely an art form, not a science (no matter what anyone tells you).
At Double Forte we've tried many different processes to recruit great people. Today we have a bit of a different approach that takes into account the situation we find ourselves in today.
- No one with 10 years of experience: for one thing there are VERY few people in our biz with 8-12 years of experience -- why? because almost no one got hired between mid-2000 and mid-2004 --so there's a big, 5 year donut hole in the talent pool)
- More people want to manage than want to work (don't get me started)
- An abundance of people who feel certain types of work is below them
- A tidal wave of applicants who want their career handed to them
.... to name a few.
So we look outside the check list of traditional requirements to find that special person that fits our purpose. And we're down to this:
- Does the person have a lean-forward, can-do attitude. Does their current situation prove it?
- Can the person write two sentences, one after the other, that convey a powerful thought with proper spelling and grammar? (I assure you this rule DQs a large percentage of people)
- If it's a higher level position - what does the person bring to the table to augment what we already have?
- Does the candidate exhibit initiative?
- Teamplayer? Yes or No.
This net -- with weird-shaped holes -- catches a lot of great candidates... for other jobs.
Then the last filter -- BIG BONUS points if they've been a waitress or bar tender and put it on their resume. (See this great New York Times profile of Amy Astley of Teen Vogue "Always Be Proud to list 'Waitress' On Your Resume). When you have to live and die (or pay rent or eat ramen) based on tips, you learn SERVICE the hard way...and it doesn't leave you.
Who gets through is a special breed - our breed.
Our herd is getting larger, one special person at a time.