Many companies are offering a job in testing.
Many companies are offering a career in testing.
A career is a series of experiences. These experiences may come from many jobs at many companies. Or they may come from a single place of work with a varied set of experiences.
A job is what some companies are offering. And there is nothing wrong with this.
Jobs are good. So too are careers. Some people can experience more in a single company than others may experience in 10 other jobs.
Being honest about the role you have is the key to getting the right person.
If you are offering a job then say so. If you are offering a career then say so too.
Some people just want a job. Some people want a career. It’s important to match the person and the job. By matching the right people to the right jobs you stand a chance of solving your problems. (You are solving a problem..right?)
It seems so simple but it’s a mistake many hiring managers make.
Get it wrong and you spend money recruiting the wrong person.
I once took a role that I believed to be a career. When I joined it was clear it was a job. I didn’t want a job, I wanted a career. I knew I would never get that at this company – I left after just 6 days (3 of which were spent trying to find out who to hand my notice in to).
I’ve also made the mistake of hiring people who wanted a job when I was offering them a career. It’s not good.
One is no better than another. Someone who takes a number of jobs can build a strong career.
Contractors, by their nature, are often looking for the next job. But they can build a strong career from those different jobs.
Your task is to match the right person to the right role.
In the interview be clear about what you are offering and strive to understand what the candidate wants.
Is it a job, or a career?
Be honest with the candidate and you’ll likely get the right match. Get it wrong and you’ll have probably hired the wrong person.