In a prior blog post (“Noah’s Job Search”, 8/9/13) I introduced the fine work of Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler, founders of CareerXroads, a consulting company specializing in human resources, staffing, and recruiting.  As promised, I have been devoting additional blog posts to their excellent and enlightening report (“This Year’s Mystery Job Seeker: Noah Z. Ark, A Man For The Modern World”

Noah encountered many situations in which he laboriously, tediously entered large amounts of information that was already on his uploaded resume.  These experiences were painful enough, not to mention the frequent technical glitches that occurred.  But after all, the company holds all the power now doesn’t it?

No it doesn’t.

Something many people forget is the job seeker is the power broker just as much as the company is.  Too many job seekers become too focused on all the power the prospective employer holds.  In so doing, they forget about the power they hold.

Follow the logic:  Some job seekers, no matter how qualified, eventually simply refuse to participate with a company whose online system continually complicates the process.  As a result, that company now has a lower-quality labor pool from which to hire.  Once a company truly recognizes that, it can make positive changes to its online recruiting and hiring system.

Job seekers who understand their value in the marketplace never undersell themselves.  They know in the employment world, no matter how things may appear on the surface, more than one power broker exists.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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