May 22; Knock On A Lot Of Doors To Get That Job;
MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK:
365 Daily Bible Verse &
One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful

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Chapter Five: Hiring; 22 May

Ask and it will be given to you;

seek and you will find;

knock and the door will be opened to you.

Matthew 7:7

Knock On A Lot Of Doors To Get That Job

Hunt

Jack Yoest  In for the Interview

Jack Yoest
In for the Interview

Your Business Professor was interviewing for position with a Fortune 500 company based in New York City a few decades ago. My greeter was new in his position. His assignment was to shepherd me around the vast cubical fields and through hidden halls of mahogany doors.

I asked him if he was happy in his job. “Yes,” he said. I asked, “What do you do—besides running an escort service?”

“I just got hired. They keep moving me around.” He looks confused. “Something will open up I guess”

He didn’t know exactly what his job was. These people don’t know what they’re doing, I thought. I got concerned, then cynical. As it turned out, it didn’t matter.

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The smart manager knows what his company is doing. I didn’t because I was not a smart manager. The company was simply looking for exceptional talent, grab it in that overheated market (it was the early 80s) and park it.

I would learn later how thin the talent pool is and how difficult it is to find and recruit good people. Even if there was not a precise fit between the candidate and a current opening, an astute hiring managing will create a spot on the organization chart to use the new-found human resource capacity (a person). Or the manager will keep him occupied while he anticipates the firing that deadwood on the ninth floor.

General George Marshall in WWII and Jack Welch, CEO of GE from 1981 to 2001, kept tabs on their senior staff. Marshall was rumored to have an actual ‘little black book’ listing his key officers for promotion. More recently Welch maintained detailed binders on his top managers. Every manager should.

20 percent of a manager’s time – a day a week — should be invested in looking for and evaluating talent. It is a concern for prayer to find the right people for the right slot.

It is a matter of prayer that the job-seeker talks with as many managers as possible even if “there are no openings…” The job exploration may hit upon “a position” that may not be immediately available or even apparent.

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I didn’t get the job in NYC. They said that there wasn’t an open position…

I would have to pray about another job opening. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7. 

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