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7 Harsh Truths You Need To Learn About Getting Hired

7 Harsh Truths You Need To Learn About Getting Hired

These judgments may not seem politically correct or even fair, but they happen. They are as much a part of the interview process as much as handing in your resume. When you hand them that resume, you are giving them the right judge, analyze and evaluate you and your life’s accomplishments. They want to see if you will fit the position they have available. They make that decision by judging you. They look at your mannerisms, personality, style and much more.

Whether these judgments are made subconsciously or on purpose, they are there and they do happen. You should be aware of these things before going into an interview. Do your best to prepare yourself so you can present the kind of person they want to hire.

These truths may seem harsh, but it’s reality. You should be aware of all these things before going in to an interview. Just remember, it’s not just your resume they’re looking at.

Here are 7 harsh truths about getting hired.

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1. What’s in a Name?

The first thing your interviewer will see on your resume is your name. You want it to make a good impression. Think about the name you have at the top of the paper before sending it in.

Some nicknames are looked at as immature and childish. Let’s look at this from the interviewers perspective: you have two applicants trying to get the same position. You look at their resume and they are fairly similar. You look at their names, one is named Michael and the other, AJ. Judging by names alone, which one sounds more professional? And be honest! Of course Michael does. Nicknames are fine for friends and family members, even for coworkers once you have the job, but wait until you get the job before introducing yourself, “Hi! My friends call me Bubba.”

Unfortunately people will also judge you by the ethnic origin of your name. Names that are commonly associated with a specific race will be judged according to the interviewers’ general perception of that group of people.

It’s not about changing who you are; it’s about being strategic and getting yourself in the running so you have a chance at getting the job.

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2. Hey Good Lookin’!

Looks matter. Good looking people are more likely to get hired than unattractive people. They get more callbacks and more job offers. Many attractive people have lived their life receiving compliments, praise, etc. this has resulted in having high self-esteem and confidence in themselves. People look for those qualities when hiring someone to work for them.

3. The Short End of the Stick.

Short people are less likely to be in higher paid or more reputable positions. People who hold prestigious positions usually have a very dominant personality. They are seen as confident, powerful and bold. Short people are rarely described with these words.

4. Age does matter.

You can be either too old or too young in their eyes. If you’re young they assume you don’t have any experience, in a career position or within the field itself. If you are considered to be too old, it might make them wonder why you are searching for a job at this point in your life. Why couldn’t you commit at your previous job?

5. You posted that on Facebook?

Social media accounts will be checked. We live in a technology based world. The things you post on your social media profiles are a reflection of who you are. Your posts will show your interests, vocabulary, maturity level, etc. These are all things a perspective boss will look into. They want to know the kind of person they are hiring and social media has made that easier than filing for a background check.

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6. Your dog ate your resume?

Coming unprepared to an interview is one the worst things you could do. It forces the interviewer to make snap judgments about you that may or may not be true. They will assume you are lazy, irresponsible, you can’t prioritize, you procrastinate and much more. These are not thoughts you want running through an interviewers’ mind as you’re sitting in the chair across from them.

7. Zip code profiling.

People are aware of which zip codes represent what kind of community. Interviewers will judge you based on where you live. There are few things you can do if this situation is a possibility for you. Most people have stopped putting their address on resumes. A phone number and email address should suffice. Others will put a parent or family member’s address, if they live in a good community.

 

Searching for a job is hard enough. So many things factor into whether or not you get the job. It’s not only about your qualifications. Some of these factors are things that you might never have thought about, but they matter. There are items in this list that might be harsh, but it’s the reality of the job search world.

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These are mistakes you could be making and not know. Sometimes the smallest thing could cause you not to get hired. Take these truths into consideration the next time you go in for an interview.

If you fall into one of these categories, we aren’t saying you don’t’ have a chance. We’re saying go in, be prepared and be the one to break the mold.

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Published on March 20, 2019

How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

Have you ever felt lost in the minutia of your job?

As a business owner, I can relate to getting bogged down in the day to day operations of my business. Things like inventory, payroll, scheduling, purchasing and employee management take up the bulk of my day.

While these things are important and need to get done, focusing too much on the details can make you lose sight of the big picture. This is why having a good mission statement comes in handy.

What is a Mission Statement?

Put simply, a mission statement is an internal document that provides a clear purpose for the organization. It provides a common reference point for everyone in the organization to start from.

In other words, after reading your company’s mission statement, managers and employees should be able to answer the question “What are company’s main objectives?” For example, Southwest Airlines mission statement reads:[1]

“Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit. We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth.”

In this single statement, Southwest conveys the company’s goals of providing the highest level of customer service as well as providing a good working environment for their employees.

Mission Statement VS. Vision Statement

While the mission and vision statements are related, there are subtle but distinct differences the you should be aware of.

First of all, a mission statement is designed primarily as an internal company document. It provides clarity and direction for managers and employees.

While there’s nothing wrong with sharing your company’s mission statement with the outside world, its intended audience is within the company.

While a mission statement provides a general framework for the organization, the vision statement is usually a more inspirational statement designed to motivate employees and inspire customers. Going back to Southwest Airlines, their vision statement reads:[2]

“To become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline.”

This statement inspires good feeling from the customer while motivating the employees to achieve that vision.

What Does a Good Mission Statement Look Like?

When coming up with a mission statement, it’s important to take your time and do it right. Too often, people (especially entrepreneurs) just write down the first thing that comes to mind and they end up with worthless or (worse yet) a generic mission statement that is utterly useless.

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Remember, a mission statement should provide a common framework for everyone in your organization.

When writing a mission statement, you should always try to incorporate the following;

  • What we do?
  • How we do it?
  • Whom do we do it for?
  • What value are we bringing?

Now, you can see how tempting it is to just come up with something generic that ticks off those four boxes. Something like “We provide the best widgets available online for the consumer.”

After all, that did check off all the boxes:

What we do? Provide widgets.

How we do it? Online.

Who do we do it for? The consumer.

What value we bring? The best widgets.

The problem with this mission statement is that it could apply to any number of companies producing the same widget. There is nothing to distinguish your company or its widgets from any of your competitors widgets.

Compare that mission statement to this one:

“We provide the highest quality widgets directly to the consumer at an affordable price backed up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If our clients aren’t 100% satisfied, we’ll make it right.”

What’s the difference?

Both mission statements answer all the same questions of what, how, whom and value. But in the second statement, they are differentiating their company from all other competitors by answering the question “what makes us unique”.

Another way to read that is, “Why you should buy from us.” In this example, it’s because our widgets are of the highest quality and we stand behind them 100%.

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You might have noticed the statement didn’t say that we sell widgets at the lowest possible price. That’s because we are emphasizing quality and satisfaction over price.

A different company’s mission statement may emphasize selling widgets at the lowest possible price with little to no mention of a guarantee.

Hallmarks of a Good Mission Statement

1. Keep It Brief

Your mission statement should be no longer than three sentences. This is not your company’s magnum opus.

You should be able to distill the what, how, who and why questions into a succinct message.

2. Have a Purpose

A company’s missions statement should include the reason it even exists.

Make clear exactly what the company does with statements like “We strive to provide our customers with …….”

3. Include a “How”

Take this as an opportunity to differentiate your company from its competitors.

How do you provide a product or service that’s different or better than how your competitor provides it?

4. Talk About the Value You Bring to the Table

This is where you can really set yourself apart from the competition. This is the “why” customers should buy from you.

Do you offer the lowest prices? Fastest delivery? Exceptional customer service? Whatever it is that sets you apart and gives your particular products, services or company an advantage talk about it in the mission statement.

5. Make Sure It’s Plausible

It’s okay to shoot for the stars just to settle for the moon, but not in a mission statement.

Being overly ambitious will only set you and your employees up for failure, hurt morale and make you lose credibility. You will also scare away potential investors if they think that you are not being realistic in your mission statement.

6. Make It Unique and Distinctive

Imagine if someone who knew nothing about your business walked in and saw how it was operating, then they read your mission statement. Would they be able to recognize that mission statement was attached to that business? If not re-work it.

7. Think Long Term

A mission statement should be narrow enough so that it provides a common framework for the existing business, but open enough to allow for longer term goals. It should be able to grow as the business grows.

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8. Get Feedback

This is very important, especially from managers and employees.

Getting their input can clarify how they currently see the company and their role within the organization. It’s also a good way to get people “on-board,” as studies show that people are more likely to go along with an idea if they feel included in the decision making process beforehand.

9. Review Often and Revise as Necessary

You should review the missions statement often for two reasons.

First, as a reminder of what the essence of the company is. It’s easy to forget when you are in the day to day grind of the business.

And two, to make sure that the mission statement is still relevant. Things change, and not everything can be anticipated at the time a mission statement was written.

For example, if a mission statement was written before the advent of the internet, a company that use to sell things door to door now probably has a website that people order from. You should always update the mission statement to reflect these changes.

The Value of Mission Statements: Why Go Through All of These in the First Place?

It may seem like a lot of work just for a few sentences that describe a company, but the value of a well written mission statement should not be discounted.

First of all, if you are an entrepreneur, crystallizing the what, how, whom and value questions will keep you focused on the core business and its values.

If you are a manager or other employee, knowing the company’s basic tenants will help inform your interactions with both customers and colleagues alike.

Strategic Planning

A relevant mission statement acts as a framework for strategic planning. It provides guidance and parameters for making strategic decisions for the future of the company.

Measuring Performance

By having the company’s mission in a concrete form, it also allows for an objective measurement of how well the organization is meeting its stated goals at any one time.

Management can identify strengths and weaknesses in the organization based on the criteria set forth in the mission statement and make decisions accordingly.

Solidifying the Company’s Goals and Values for Employees

Part of a well run organization is nurturing happy and productive employees.

As humans, we all have an innate need for both purpose and to be part of something larger than ourselves. Providing employees with a clearly defined mission statement helps to define their role in the larger organization. Thus, fulfilling both of these needs.

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Now I’m not saying that a mission statement can overcome low pay and poor working conditions, but with everything else being equal, it can contribute to a happier and more productive workforce.

To Hold Management Accountable

By creating a mission statement, a company is publicly stating its highest values and goals for the world to see. By doing so, you are inviting both the public and your employees to to scrutinize how well the company lives up to its ideals.

So if you state that you only provide the highest quality products, and then offer something less, it’s fair for both the public and the employees to question, and even call for a change in management.

If management doesn’t take the mission statement seriously, no one else will either; and the legitimate authority that management rely’s on will be diminished.

To Serve as an Example

This is the opposite side of the coin from the previous statement. If the highest levels of management are seen taking the mission statement seriously and actively managing within the framework of the statement, that attitude filters down throughout the organization.

After all, a good employee knows what’s important to their boss and will take the steps necessary to curry favor with them.

Finally, use the company’s mission statement as a way to define roles within the company. You can do this by giving each division in the company a copy of the mission statement and challenge the head of each division to create a mission statement for their respective departments.

Their individual mission statements should focus on how each department fits in and ultimately contributes to the success of the company’s overall mission statement. This serves as both a clarifying and a team building exercise for all parts of the organization.

Final Thoughts

Developing a mission statement is too often just an after-thought, especially for entrepreneurs. We tend to prioritize things that we perceive will give us the biggest “bang for our buck.”

Somehow, taking the time and effort to sit down and think seriously about the what, whom, how and value of our business seems like a waste of time. After all, we got in the business to make money and become successful, isn’t that all we need to know?

That mindset will probably get you started okay, but if you find yourself having any success at all, you’ll find that there really is such a thing as growing pains.

By putting in the time and effort to create a mission statement, you are laying the groundwork that will give you a path to follow in your growth. And isn’t building long term success what we are really after?

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Reference

[1] Southwest Airlines: About Page
[2] Fit Small Business: 10 Vision Statement Examples To Spark Your Imagination

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