Work ethic

People(recruiters) always tell me that it is hard to find talented people in the job market.

Talent is cheap, anyone with half decent analytical skills can be considered “talented”. It couldn’t be farther from the truth. In the past, I’ve supervised and had to manage people, and the biggest concern I always have is if this person is genuinely passionate about the job or is passionate about having roof over their heads.

This is an age old question, how do you gauge passion and many recruiters do an abysmal job of it. Most organizations use one or the other form of job applicant management system and it usually weeds out obvious misfits for the role. However, the portal analyses the qualifications and not the “fit” of the applicant. This causes a massive disconnect between people with passion and requisite skills and those who are stat padders(you know who you are).

Work ethic, on the other hand is a concept that is so abstract that people refuse to quantify it. Many people confuse it with discipline and punctuality, which may be a component of it but certainly is not its entirety.

The only thing I look for professionals in my domain and almost everyone else is ownership and bias for action. Are you a blocker who can and will cite administrative or any other hurdles to stop the task or a doer who will do any and everything under his control and then some to get the job done.

What sparked this post is the myriad types of people I encounter on a daily basis and how it either puts a smile on my face or makes me feel like banging my head against a wall.


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