[looking for a candidate]
At work, we are currently looking for an assistant for the marketing department (of two people at the moment). I thought it’s going to be an easy process, but I guess I set the bar high for a half-day intern.
We looked for a week, interviewed a bunch of people (it seemed like all we did that week was job interviews), found one guy we really liked – even called him Superman because when he wore glasses he looked like Clark Kent (and he worked really efficiently too) – but then after working for two weeks, he told us he got accepted into a program for those who want to learn how to develop software. Oh well… We wished him luck and let him go.
So now, we’re looking again, and every time I read a resume, I find myself in a weird position because I have to evaluate those candidates and it goes against the grain of what has always been taught “Do not judge a person.” Well, this isn’t judging per se, but still. And I keep thinking either “Oh, this one is just too young and not prepared for work,” or “Oh, this one knows way too much and s/he will not work here for a long time because it’s a job for an intern for half a day and it’s not the highest paying job, even if it has potential for growth,” or “I just don’t feel like we can work with this person as a team.”
However, we need an assistant. The company is growing and there are more and more tasks every day to be done on a daily basis. Partly routine, partly creative, but still, there’s a ton of work to be done.
I guess it’s also harder for me right now because of the previous two experiences. Our first assistant worked for almost 9 months, but nearer the end of our work together it was harder and harder to cooperate. (And I fully realize that I’m not the ideal person to work with / for. I am trying to be nice, but sometimes it’s just… yeah.) The other – the Superman – well, like I said, he worked super-efficiently and we were happy, and then he left. So I am trying to get over the disappointment and over the bias of seeing all new candidates as potential “leavers.”
So the process goes on. It’s not that easy to find a team fitting organized creative person 🙂
However, while we are looking for such a specific person, I guess I am glad that God’s company’s hiring all those who desire to work for him – quite a few vacancies are open and all possible skills as appreciated.
You cannot be overqualified and although you might feel underqualified, he says “I’ll teach you everything you need to know. There aren’t many rules, actually.”
It’s quite amazing if you think about it.
I don’t know much about the job search. I have been blessed with that – and that’s a whole story of its own. However, I have been told that I am overqualified for one job and underqualified for another. I didn’t really need those jobs, but the comments still stung – especially the overqualified one (how do you become LESS qualified if you already know stuff?)
Yet, God tells us: “Come. I need you. The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” (Luke 10:2)