Do you search resumes like you're looking for a friend or for an employee? It's natural to gravitate towards people who seem like us and make us feel comfortable. On the other hand, online job databases and other resources can help your company grow by extending your horizons.
Some of the reasons people give for screening out resumes are downright puzzling. Cultural fit matters, but there's no reason a candidate can't be an excellent computer programmer and play tournament bridge. Think about it. You probably wouldn't lose any sleep if you spotted a top performer in your department carrying around a book about card games. It doesn't make any sense to dismiss people because their hobbies or birth places are different from your own.
In fact, there are many advantages to going beyond your network to make your next hire:
Fill in competency gaps: Think about your company's strengths and weaknesses when you're filling any position. This may be a chance to bring someone on board who has valuable certifications and licenses. Maybe you have plenty of talented writers and you need someone who is good with numbers.
Gain fresh perspectives: One reason we're attracted to people who seem familiar is because they're likely to want to fit in and please us. On the other hand, we grow more when our thinking is challenged. Conflicts can make a team perform better as long as people treat each other with respect.
Reach new customers: Welcome employees with different backgrounds and experiences. They may help you to break into new markets.
Of course, it takes work to make a diverse team gel. Select managers who know how to make each individual feel valued and give their best efforts. During recruitment, focus on a candidate's character, communication style and interpersonal skills.
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