Finding the ideal job match: A challenge for HR and job seekers

August, 12, 2014 by Samantha Padilla-Torres author workhoppers

The ideal job match, just as the ideal partner, is not only likely to take a considerable time to come across with, but also, just plain hard to land. Data from the recruitment stage all the way to turnover rates correlate directly with how close of a job match an employee and an organization are; that is, it is not only imperative to find an ideal organization-person fit but also, an almost seamless job-person fit to be certain compatibility is attained.

Flexibility is key to commitment

job matchToday, if you come across the right job match, one that finds a compatible work-life balance for you, you tend to stay with it. According to Great Place to Work, the best companies to work for not only outperform their competitors but also experience half the voluntary turnover. These ‘great places to work’ consistently offer employee perks such as sabbaticals, travel opportunities, unlimited vacation pay, childcare, and even foster hobby development. Clearly, it seems flexibility is key to commitment.

Finding compatible matches today can be undoubtedly challenging both for the company and the job seeker. As an organization it is your duty to make yourself visible and available for the ideal candidates; as a jobseeker it is your task to do the same and know where to look.

The good news is that we are seeing organizations that are dedicated to find those ideal fits for you. For instance, 
companies such as provide freelancers, and those seeking flexible work, an opportunity (at no charge) to create a profile and get seen and matched with companies. Vice versa, as an organization, you can use to list the optimal KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills, and Aptitudes) in the person you are looking for plus tell them exactly what you need to get done and you will get matched with those people who meet your requirements. It is no longer just about a resume. People searching for work also indicate what kinds of jobs they actually want and have experience to do and what their schedules are. For example, when you see a resume of a bookkeeper you would not know that they are also interested in  working as a brand ambassador on the weekends unless they told you! At matches are based on criteria such as this. Basically, is like a dating site for candidates and organizations.

Truly, finding compatible fits, or the right job match,  between organizations and candidates is a recurrent challenge we are to face as HR professionals and jobseekers alike; yet, it is just a matter of knowing what you want, what you have to offer, and where to look. Basically, cliché or not, we are looking to fall in love with a job.

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