Hiring You is High Risk
Imagine if you had to choose a spouse the way we hire staff. You put an ad online that says who you are and what you want, but without photos or talking about age, gender, race, or other protected categories.
You have 3-4 interviews with them, none of which are anything like actually living with them, and then after calling around to a few of their ex's, you have to get married to one of the candidates.
Would you be happy with that process? Probably not.
Yet that's the way we hire people today, and depending on the job, you may actually spend more awake time each workday with your co-workers than your spouse.
How to Make Hiring Better
With such a convoluted hiring process, mistakes happen, and they happen often. Hence unhappy workplaces, job hopping, and the popularity of The Office.
So what can we do about it?
First, do your homework. Know what and who you really want to work with, and invest time and effort into meeting with many people at many organizations to find the fit that would make you happy when you change jobs.
Hence my constant push for informational interviews.
At the same time, you should be meeting with others to make sure that when an opening happens on your team that you know who you want to encourage to apply. No job announcement should be published without a preferred candidate in mind.
Now the preferred candidate may not win the job, but at least you'll have a solid benchmark that will help you know when you've found the right candidate.
Good Luck to All
Regardless if you're reading this looking for a job or staff, know that everyone feels your pain.
The modern way we hire is hard, high risk, and prone to failure. Do you best to find the right fit, and if it doesn't work out, be honest with everyone and seek a better outcome.
Thankfully, we can all move on to new jobs, or even get divorced - I've done both! And its not a disgrace. Its life.
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This Week's ICT4D Jobs Listings
- USAID is hiring a Senior Health Information Systems Advsor to support health IT-related projects in developing countries.
- The cool new startup, AtmaConnect is hiring a Senior Technology Advisor to support their award-winning Android application.
- Viamo is currently seeking a Director of New Business, along with a few other positions. Be sure to check out their page!
- If you are based in Cambridge, UK, you might want to read up about Simprints' Project Manager role.
- If that role isn't quite your cup of tea, however, you should still check out their Strategic Partnerships Manager opening.
- Interested in teaching? UCSC is recruiting for an Assistant Teaching Professor in Technology and Social Change for their Sociology Department. Apply by November 2nd to be considered.
- Not sure what title you're looking for, but know you want to work for a company with focus on social impact? DIAL is hiring for a variety of positions, including fellows, consultants, directors, and associates, for all kinds of engaging work.
- Medic Mobile is looking to hire a new Service Designer for their Uganda location. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply ASAP!
- Humanity United and the Freedom Fund are seeking an evaluator or research institution to conduct an evaluation of the transition to an electronic payment system in Thailand’s fishing industry. This could be you!
- Harmon Labs is seeking a Tech Director and a Lead Data Engineer for their New York office.
- The Rwanda School Project is looking to hire a director/educator with vision and passion about quality education to fill a Head of School position.
- Based in Africa? You should check out UNICEF's latest consultancy opportunity. They are seeking someone to improve the monitoring of nutrition through integration of nutrition indicators in some tough-to-reach places.
- The GSMA is seeking an Insights Manager for their mAgri program.
- The UN is hiring for an Information Systems Officer, to be based in their Geneva office. Apply by October 23 to be considered!
- If you're looking for work with a global non-profit, Global Fund for Children might have just the position for you! They are seeking a Manager to work on their Digital Media and Content team.
- Interested in the health field? The Stop TB Partnership is recruiting for a Technical Officer, with focus in Innovations and Grants, for their Geneva location.
- Attention candidates looking for great internship opportunities! WFP is currently offering a comprehensive internship in their Innovation and Change Management Division, based in Rome! Applications are accepted through November 4th.
- WFP is also hiring for a few other consultancy positions, like the SAP HANA Senior Developer role, or the Digital Solutions Project and Delivery Manager. Apply today!
- ADB is looking for an individual consultant to take on their SRM Webdynpro Developer assignment. Apply by October 19th to be considered!
- World Bank Group is seeking an IT Analyst to work as a Desktop and Application Virtualization Engineer, and an IT Analyst to work as a Cloud Automation Engineer. These roles are based out of Washington, DC. Check them out!
- World Bank Group is also recruiting for a Senior IT Assistant to work on their business management team, and a Senior Education Specialist with focus in technology -- again, for their DC office.
- But if you're not based in DC, you still might be in luck! World Bank Group is also hiring for an IT Analyst for their Chennai, India location.
- WHO is looking to hire a Team Lead for their Cybersecurity branch. Apply by November 6th to be considered.
- If you're based in New York, or maybe if you just want to be, UNOSSC is seeking a Knowledge and Programs Management Analyst for their New York office, and that just might be you.
- UNDP is hiring for an International Data Analyst to be based out of Chisinau, Moldova. Applications are accepted through October 24th!
- Do you speak Arabic? You might want to check out UNDP's ICT Support Associate opening, or their ICT Analyst position, both based in Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic.
- Calling anyone fluent in Portuguese! UNDP is offering qualified candidates the opportunity to be an ICT Intern in their Luanda, Angola office. Don't wait!
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