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The Ties That Bind

Job seeking as well as work itself all have one thing in common

When Bob Merrill penned the lyrics to Jule Styne’s music in Funny Girl, it’s a safe bet that he wasn’t thinking of the workplace. One could argue, however, that “People” is what it’s all about.

One of the mantras that the best sales people take to heart is that people don’t buy products, they don’t buy price or anything else. Rather people buy from people.

The same can be said of the job search world. If the interviewer likes you, he’ll be more likely to overlook some of the same shortcomings he used to dismiss other candidates. For two candidates who are short on “industry experience,” one gets passed through while the other gets the rejection letter. Guess which is which.

When considering whether or not to pursue (or, cross your fingers, accept) a job, ask yourself if you’re going to be working for a company or for people. If you choose the latter, it’s worth your while.

Studies have been done. Managers who treat their people well (and liking them goes a long way here) have significantly lower turnover. Workers who like their superiors are much more likely to stay late, to go the extra mile during crunch time.

Hats off to you, Mr. Merrill. “People who need people” usually makes for a favorable work environment.


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