Finding the right fit for your business is crucial when recruiting new employees. You want to find someone who will be a perfect fit for your team - but when you have a high volume of candidates, how do you spot the one?
With access to the news all day, every day, we read stories about inspirational people daily. While these inspiring individuals are unlikely to land on your doorstep, gaining a greater understanding of what makes them stand out will help you as you search for your next superstar.
Here’s just a few of the people that are inspiring us this month and the traits they possess that you should seek in your candidates:
The Manchester United star has a history of supporting charities but Marcus Rashford’s compassion towards the younger generation came to the forefront during the Covid-19 lockdown after writing an open letter to the government urging them to reverse their decision on free school meals for children whose families were struggling. More recently, Rashford has turned his attention to childhood literacy. Through a partnership with WH Smith, the National Literacy Trust and Macmillan Children’s Books it was announced that for every copy of Rashford’s new book purchased, WH Smith will gift a second copy to a disadvantaged child.
Trait to look out for: Marcus Rashford has used his name and influence to raise awareness about childhood poverty, homelessness, and illiteracy - bringing the discussion to the mainstream media. Rashford has shown compassion, drive and resilience on his road to being the champion for the next generation.
When the Pacific Coast League announced the cancellation of the 2020 Major League Baseball season due to the pandemic, Iowa Cubs majority owner and chairman Michael Gartner made sure that every member of staff received both full pay and benefits to help them through the period of uncertainty. Unlike other club owners who laid off staff or placed them on furlough Gartner looked after his employees. So, in return, they remained loyal so, when the 2021 season was ready to start, they were eager to return to work. As a result, the Cubs didn't have to spend time and resources hiring new employees and as a result, were able to reopen the stadium to fans.
Trait to look out for: Michael Gartner’s ability to take a long term look at situations is an asset for anyone to hold the ability to see beyond the immediate problem and see the bigger picture is a quality that you should be looking for in your recruits.
Ben Blowes, a Guinness World Record holder and Pride of Britain nominee, is not shy of running a marathon or two. Having completed the London Marathon with a tumble dryer on his back in 2017, Blowes embarked on a new challenge in December 2020 by running 31 marathons in 31 days to raise money for Tom’s Trust as part of their 31 Stars campaign. Completing that many marathons in a short space of time is challenging enough as it is, but Blowes picked up an injury early on and completed one marathon on crutches.
Tom’s Trust, a charity supporting children with brain tumours and their families, set an initial target of £31,000 for the 31 Stars campaign, it was announced in May 2021 that through the collective fundraising efforts of everyone, they achieved a total of £225,000
Trait to look out for: Look for candidates that show they are determined to go the extra mile and can go to extraordinary lengths to complete a challenge.
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