Are “Ideal” candidates even a thing? Would an EMPLOYER even recognize this “Ideal” if it hit em in the face? Flip it to the Job Seeker… Like how do you know you’re IDEAL? Is a feeling or a hunch? Do people call you up and say… “Hey … you’re Ideal” or “Seriously… DUDE you’re IDEAL”! I think the term Employers are looking for is ROCK STAR!
Listen we get it… Workplace Culture is a BIG DEAL! Employers are hungrier now than ever to fill their staff room with “ROCK STARS”! They have a rapidly changing world of goods and services to deliver to and require a team of emotionally intelligent, bright, curious, problem solving ROCK STARS! Here is the hard part… they have to keep these ROCK STARS… or RETAIN them. Its a competitive world out there and ALL STAR companies know how to poach this talent. Employers need to keep ROCK STARS well paid and satiated, mentored, challenged and ohh soo sharp! Big order and with Poaching lots of times these ROCK STARS leave… the employer is faced with the big challenge of filling those Goliath shoes. Enter the unrealistic “IDEAL” or “ROCK STAR” or “SUPER STAR” term!
Employers have labour needs all the time! They result from predicted and un-predicted growth and production opportunities ( temporary problems) to solve everyday! These problems usually create a shift in work load and job creation is born, resulting in the need for new problem solvers (AKA employee’s). So the employer puts the “CASTING CALL” out. First; to their most famous ROCK-STARS on their existing team…. they know talent hangs with talent… so they ask… “HEY… if you know of anyone…” second, they do their best to put the call out via job posting… traditional, boring, time consuming and not an “IDEAL” to attract Talent.
So let us all agree that a Job postings is simply a wish list for a ROCK STAR… and the IDEAL candidate may be a ROCKSTAR waiting to be discovered. Sometimes Right person, right time, sometimes showy person not right time, and sometimes you get MILLI- VANILLI. Sometimes Employers are looking for a Unicorn dressed as a Jolly Green Giant in a field of Lucky Charms while Repairing their NASA flight ship!
We are really just asking for a Employers and Job Seekers… to have authentic and realistic conversations about their skills and needs for both remuneration and performance. Let the deliverables of both the Employer and Employee be of Value and Above & Beyond All Expectations!