What Do They Do & Why Do They Do It?

Posted by: Dr. David Vik

“...Then, I will see if I want to join them.”

This is often the common thread tying many potential candidates’ thought processes together when considering which companies they want to work for.

When you analyze a company’s DNA, the “What” is their vision and the “Why” is their purpose. Seemingly simple concepts; both play equally significant roles in regards to the overall culture of a company.

However, I find it strange that many companies still struggle to consistently articulate WHAT they do, or WHY they do it…their company vision isn’t clear and their purpose can vary depending on who you talk to. And yet, these companies still expect candidates to willfully flock to them and sign on.

Would you really want to sign up for anything (let alone, a new job) where you had little idea of “What” you might be doing and no insight as to “Why” you’ll be doing it? Probably not.

Let’s face it, there are a lot of great companies out there right now, and the quest to acquire top talent is not as easy as it has been in the past…the selection of choices and opportunities for candidates today are nothing short of mind boggling.

So, if you really want to start attracting top talent, it’s time to start letting your candidates know what your company is all about, starting with your very own Vision and Purpose. The ones who are interested and who ultimately sign up will do so because they are in alignment with “What” you are doing and “Why.” As an added bonus, their hearts will start to beat in one direction, and over time, the company culture will become self managing.

Am I Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

Posted by: Eric Larson

Last month, I took part in an outstanding internal training class hosted by Riviera Partners’ Operations team, and the moment we began discussing the topics of culture and service, it suddenly struck me – becoming a good recruiter requires abiding by some of the same principles we’ve all been taught since childhood (side note: essentially the same lessons I try to instill in my own kids, every day).  Ironically, I came to the realization that as obvious as some of these principles may be, it takes hard work (and periodic reminders) to apply them in our own adult professional lives. I have compiled a listing of some of the topics we discussed below.

Set clear goals

Focus your energy on things that matter

Be punctual

Respond to people in a short amount of time

Keep communications open and be transparent

Appearance and body language are important

Accept responsibility

Be open to constructive criticism

Only promise what you can deliver

Don't be afraid to say you don't know. It's OK not to know the answer to every question.

Don't ignore problems

Lead by example

Get to know the people around you and treat them all with respect

Remember that, above all, morals and values matter

Nothing new here, right? Now correct me if I’m wrong, but haven’t we all been working on these since grade school? So, perhaps, the formula for success is much more simple then we ever imagined; maybe all we need to do is remember these basic, 5th grade principles and we can find success in whatever we do.

If I had only listened to my parents the first 50 times they tried to teach me all of this...

I guess I owe them a call.