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Know Your Way of Getting Hired – It Makes a Difference

Know Your Way of Getting Hired – It Makes a Difference

There are only 3 ways of getting hired, and understanding which way applies to you can make a significant difference in your job search approach.

The first way of getting hired is to be hired into an open position. This occurs when either someone quits, a person gets fired, or an organization change is made that causes the position to be open. In this situation, the position needs to be open for you to get hired, so there is a key variable in the hiring process that you do not control – timing.

The second way of getting hired is a position is created for you. In this situation, the company wants to hire you, and they are willing to create a position within their organization for you. Because they want you, they can hire you at any time, so you have more control of this process. This often occurs when there is an existing professional relationship between you and the person doing the hiring or the company is growing into a new stage of their business.

The third way to get hired is top grading. Top grading is when a company transitions a person out of their current role so that you can take the position. An example of this is when Joe Maddon was hired by the Chicago Cubs as their manager. Rick Renteria was doing a good job as the manager, but when Joe became available, a managerial change was made. This is the least likely way to be hired and it usually occurs during a down economy when companies feel they can get better talent at a lower cost.

When you are looking for a job, there are decisions you can make that will cause you to change the way you will get hired. Understanding those decisions can be crucial to finding your next job.


“AND” not “OR”

“AND” not “OR”

Wikipedia, my favorite source for definitions of things I already think I know, defines analytics as “the science of analysis …”. Overtly simple and in my opinion, too simple. The next statement is " … analytics is the process of obtaining an optimal or realistic decision based on existing data."  Simple and effective, but, wait a minute!?!  There's a big problem in there!  Read it again: " … analytics is the process of obtaining an optimal or realistic decision based on existing data". Hmmm..., I don't know about you, but I often run into situations where I perfectly know what is the "optimal" solution but I can't "realistically" bring it to reality. 

To be more realistic it should be “AND”, not "OR"!

The best and ultimate definition of analytics would be: "Analytics is the process of obtaining an optimal AND realistic decisions based on existing data."  Period. That's it. Nobody cares where your data is coming from.  Nobody cares if you are optimizing for your email campaign, determining and preventing hospital readmissions, predicting the next major airline hardware failure or looking for a back-office process to optimize. At the end of the day, the role of an analyst is to understand a business context, understand the constraints and the desired outcomes, use whichever data makes sense, and offer optimal AND realistic solutions to the business.

If analytics is "the science of analysis" what is analysis? "Analysis is the process of breaking a complex topic or substance into smaller parts to gain a better understanding of it."  Why? … so we can optimize it!  As an interesting challenge try to analyze your own job and see how you can break it into smaller tasks, understand and improve them. That will put you in a much better position to become a credible voice to the business using the “science of analysis.