Business is changing. We can see it all around. There is a shift coming in the business environment, and I’m not talking about changes in tax rates or inflation. I’m talking about a full-scale revolution in the way people think about hiring, firing, and building brands. It has actually already started. See this article from Inc. on one company’s strategy for finding values in their new hires, which they call “Extreme Interviewing” according to INC.: Core Value: Teamwork.
According to IBM’s 100th Anniversary advertisement in the Wall Street Journal last week, “When we have lived our values, IBMers and our company have thrived. When we haven’t, it hurt us.” So what? Get on the train or get left behind. Values are what drives lasting success in business and some of the world’s best thinkers and companies are willing to stand by the statement.
Seth Godin talks about the irrelevance of resumes in companies worth working for and jobs worth having. Seth, let me propose something that should change the way we think about resumes. Forget the GPAs, the relevant coursework, and the internship experience. The new standard will be The Value Resume.
What is that? It’s our values on a page, supported by examples of how we live your values in our daily lives. It is a creative incarnation of our deepest desires and passions. And it immediately allows a company to understand why we belong with them… If you can find the right company.
This will be the new standard. It will be conventional thinking in 25 years, because it will decrease turnover, increase alignment, and ultimately create more satisfaction amongst employees. Better decisions will be made on both sides of the ball – the business will know more important information than GPAs about applicants… And applicants will be able to target their job search to find the company they’ve always wanted to work for.
It’s coming… Are you ready?