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“We’re a People Company”

No kidding

➔ “People don't leave companies, they leave people — their boss(es).” So says management consultant Alan Weiss. “I've seen people with poor environments and cloudy futures stay because their boss is so charismatic and compelling, and others with strong career tracks and stock options take off because their boss is the devil incarnate.”

The hard reality

That may sound a little harsh but the fact is that there is a lot of truth there. What’s more, Mr. Weiss is not alone in his assessment. There are a lot of people – job seekers, recruiters and hiring types – who share that opinion. In fact, some also include co-worker(s) and colleagues who believe in that reason to leave.

There is good news, however.

The good news is that the reverse is true as well. You can make a very reasoned case that people hire people. It’s that simple. They don’t hire resumes, or cover letters, or CVs, or AI, etc. Not that those tools aren’t important, because they are.

They don’t hire entirely based on an ATS system. True, the ATS may winnow the field of candidates, but ultimately it comes down to whether or not that person likes you. If you have marginal skills, etc., but if your potential new boss likes you – you’re in! On the other hand, you can have qualifications up one side and down the other, but if that interviewer just doesn’t like you…

Well, you know.

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