Already looking forward to start the preparation of the course and I hope I will soon be able to share part of the experience on this video below – Pluralsight Author Summit!
I am a busy guy and whenever someone tries to waste my time, he/she gets immediately ignored(in one way or another). Very frequently I am receiving invitations on LinkedIn from recruiters and 99% of the times they all have one of those 2 problems:
- They do not introduce themselves in the invitation!
- Even worse – not only they don’t mention who they are or why they want to connect with you, but when you ask them(if you decide to be a good person, spend the time and make the effort) why they have sent you an invitation, they reply with something like: “I wanted to expand my network”!
HRs, if you think that this is the correct way to use and try to recruit people on LinkedIn, I have bad news for you – you are wrong! What’s more – the best professionals will never spend the time considering accepting your invitation if you approach them this way. Heck, do you go to someone on the street and just shaking his hand without introducing? I hope not. It’s the same on LinkedIn, so start thinking in that direction and do the necessary! Otherwise you and your invitations will continue to be ignored or even worse – you will be removed from someone’s connections once you were actually accepted (yes, I have done that many times already because of point 2 above). Time is the most precious resource on the planet, so if you are not going to respect people’s time do not expect anyone to respect you…
P.S. I didn’t want to do a blog post about this, but it’s getting worse and worse day after day. I really hope that at least one recruiter will see it and the written above will make him change his “LinkedIn behaviour”. If that happens, I think spending the time writing it was actually worth it.
It’s not and I don’t want it to be a secret to anyone that I still haven’t graduated from my university. What’s more – I don’t even feel uncomfortable about this! I actually feel proud and happy in some way that I haven’t and that I spend my time doing real and relevant stuff. However, let me tell you why though, I will dedicate a week of my time(yes, I don’t need more), but I will write my bachelor thesis and finish my university education once and for all…
In Bulgaria(and I am sure not only here) there are companies and organisations that simply said are not realising what world we are living in. What this means(in part) is that in order for you to be able to do business with them, you’ll have to show them your bachelor degree(I am not kidding!). I am writing this post because recently I had the following situation – an IT company requests to be trained on SQL Server, but their requirements for the trainer is for him/her to posses the certificates for the respective technology and a bachelor degree. These are stupid requirements, I replied and I did not say that because I was not meeting them and I was not going to be able to deliver the training(I was already quite busy with speaking engagements in 2 different countries). Since when is not the experience of the trainer taking in mind? Since when a certificate or any other document(especially a university diploma) a guarantee that the trainer knows the material and what’s more – knows how to teach it? Obviously it’s for a long time and probably that’s why we have “certified trainers” that are teaching companies, but have never ever worked and been in a production environment(imagine that)!?
All that made me ask myself whether or not I should really spend a week from my time and write my bachelor thesis and the answer is “yes”. Let me clarify though – I don’t care and I also don’t believe that completing my education will change anything for me personally. However, I am always very practical. My situation really reminds me the one with the book industry – many people ask why there are people that continue to write books when we all live in the “digital era”, but the answer is very simple – because there are people that are buying them! For me this diploma thing is the same – it’s just business. If they ask for it, I will give it to them and if spending one week time is the prize to win more customers and train more people – be my guest. 🙂
At the end, I have a quick tip for you, companies – if you are searching for a really(I mean really, really!) good trainer you should never ever ask for neither certificates (except if it is not the MCM/MCSM which already does not exist and is guarantee only for the technical part of a training) nor for any type of university degree. The fact that someone does not posses one or both of those does not mean that he/she will not deliver 10x the training that the guy with the bachelor degree and a whole bunch of Microsoft certifications will. It just doesn’t. The world is changing and is changing fast and if you still think those documents can be used as a proof that someone is capable to train you or your team – I feel sorry for you. I really do.
I was on a holiday and I was checking my e-mail at 4 AM in the lobby of the hotel. The receptionist came to me and ask me why I was working at 4 AM? Wasn’t that crazy and wasn’t I supposed to just relax and forget about everything at least during these days while I was there? That made me remember one thing – how much I love my work and how amazing it is that even when I was supposed to get some rest I was doing something that I love! I also thought about the opposite though – isn’t it sad that there are so many people that wait exactly for their holidays just to leave “all that work”? Isn’t it sad that these people are actually doing that same thing 5 days a week for almost the whole year?…
That moment made me smile and reminded me one thing – how much I love what I do…
I was talking with a lot of people(Ys) recently, trying to figure out if we all think the same way in terms of education, work and way of living in general. Interestingly… we do indeed, but in this blog post I want to focus or actually stress more on just a few of the “specific characteristics” of Generation Ys(for more info on the topic – just google/bing it) and their expectations in terms of work. Here are some(yes, just some) of the common characteristics of the Gen Ys:
1. Customisation and flexibility– Gen Ys want to decide when and where to work from! This generation likes to customise everything – from their phone screens and ringtones to their working life. Can your company offer this?
2. Fun at work – This generation expects their job will be fun. They expect that the company’s environment will predispose to amazing and full of laughter moments. Can your company offer this?
3. Speed – Generation Ys want everything to happen fast. Really f*kin fast! They expect to be promoted fast, they want to do everything they do faster and faster each and every next day! Can you company offer them or help them with this?
4. No bans – Is your company banning the access to Facebook, Twitter or any other service that Gen Ys want access? Can your company offer a “use whatever you want whenever you want” policy?
5. No hierarchy – This generation is not familiar with the old school hierarchical models and does not expect strict control applied against it. However, they expect a team where everyone is equal. Is your company culture looking similar?
These are just five of the Gen Ys characteristics! Can someone recognise itself in them? I bet you can…
I am not going to comment the psychological part of this topic here. I am leaving this part to you – read the book, it’s fantastic! However, I want to end this post by raising all of those questions above to all companies out there, because I am not sure that they understand something – the people you are about to recruit in the next years will all be Gen Ys! However, how are you going to “get” them? How are you going to approach them? What are you going to offer them, because if you are not willing to change around those 5 above there are companies that are and your company will lose. What’s more – you’ll lose one the best talents out there, because Gen ys are quadrillion times more productive, informed and ready to prove their knowledge compared to anyone out there!
So… that was it – my opinion. What’s yours?