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Hiring the Right One
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I don’t know about y’all, but I was so excited in my first job out of college. I was 22 years old and I was one of the people in charge! I had finished up my training and was out and about all on my own. One of the biggest steps in your professional career is the first person you hire. Another step that many have to take professionally is firing someone. Luckily for me my first hire was also the first person I fired. Clearly, I made a poor hiring decision!

 

When you pay to train a server in a restaurant, it normally won’t make or break you. If hire the wrong people repeatedly then you will have a problem, but the cost of training a server for a week is nothing like training a machine operator or plant manager.

 

According to the Harvard Business Review 80% of employee turnover is due to bad hiring decisions. Some estimates say that generally a bad hire will cost you one third of their annual salary. Obviously the higher the salary the higher the cost to you. These days, there are a lot of tools to assist in the hiring process.

 

ACT, the same company that provides high schoolers their exam for college acceptance, has an amazing tool. ACT job profiling brings the specifics of a job into focus. It can provide you with a detailed and customized task list, a personalized content validity report, useful information for hiring, promotion, and training, and employee support.

 

Let’s say you need to hire another quality manager on your team. You think the four that you have now are rock stars and you want to have the same luck hiring your fifth. An ACT profiler would come in and have several sessions with the current quality managers to determine what is needed when looking for that new hire. Factors that will be looked at are the reading skills necessary for the job, what kind of mathematics will be needed, and what level of problem solving is required. Once this is all completed a job profile is made and put into the system. When you are ready to hire someone the perspective employee will take an ACT exam and it will run against your job profile. If they are a match you will then know that that person has the attributes needed to do the job successfully.

 

There are ACT Work Ready Communities popping up all over the place and your Chamber of Commerce can help you determine if you are in one of those locations. If you aren’t, have them do their research and make it happen. This is a growing movement and will help employers a great deal.

 

I recently became an authorized ACT Job Profiler so I would love to come and talk to you about how to make this happen for you and your company. For those of you in Alabama, I am currently the only one in West Alabama that can do this, I would love to get you on the books!!

 

If you would like more information about the ACT program, give us a shout!!

 

Leigh

(205) 759 – 8259

leighcovington@chesapeak.com




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