As I continue on this journey that is my life, I’ve discovered my core values have become critical criteria in job considerations. It is now clear to me that my happiness in the workplace is dependent on much more than monetary compensation by itself. This was not always my focus. In my twenties, I was all about the money I was making living in NYC. Now I research the companies (often via social networks, because that’s where you get the real picture) to understand if what makes them tick would make us click. Can I get excited about what I’m doing? Does the organization value the qualities in me that make me uniquely me? (Because sometimes, yes, it really is all about me.) Are they open and transparent, with integrity at the core of their business model? Do they believe in fun?
So much about this article rings true for me that I have a hard time choosing a single pull quote. However, if there’s one thing that resonates in my soul, it has to be the first rule—the one about passion. I believe skills can be learned, but passion is the fire in our souls that can be neither faked nor forced.
Hire for passion and commitment first, experience second, and credentials third. There is no shortage of impressive CVs out there, but you should try to find people who are interested in the same things you are. You don’t want to be simply a stepping stone on an employee’s journey toward his or her own (very different) passion. Asking the right questions is key: What do you love about your chosen career? What inspires you? What courses in school did you dread? You want to get a sense of what the potential employee believes.