Self belief & an open mind. Crucial for the employer & employee
(Hopefully it won’t be the first time we place in this unusual job! As we placed successfully we’ll be expecting more business) but the circumstances of how & why we filled the job…& who with, is the reason for this blog.
So we placed a Motorbike Sales person…but let’s not beat around the bush here – we placed a female Motorbike sales person & not from a sales background nor from the industry. Not at all.
Obviously this happy story is partly down to our clients – the Employer. Without his inclusive open minded attitude it’d have gone nowhere. So massive kudos to him too.
She got the job over others with clearer evidenced skills & this is the really unusual bit. She took a several thousand pound pay cut to take the risk (any job is a risk – a sales job even more so) & she has NO experience in Sales. In fact….she was a Legal Administrator.
So is she mad? Has her new employer has lost his marbles? Did she ‘fool’ him? What possessed her to take the risk?
Here’s why & in some ways it’s a lesson to ALL job seekers: she knew her stuff. She did her homework & swotted up pre-interview. She did the research. Admittedly she had grown up around bikes but she faced the risk head-on that she was giving up a secure job in a more ‘secure’ position & realized the risk was as big for her as it was for them.
And slow & steady won the race.
So we placed her in a very male dominated industry with a SuperBrand, but still nonetheless, a very traditionally male environment & doubtless she’ll make a great start with them & sell sell SELL!
It was never about gender – although these bikes are big & some customers prefer males. It was about having the open mind from the employer combined with the hard work, mental attitude & confidence & self belief of the candidate. She proved as much as she could at interview stage that she could do it & she put the effort in & well…… she showed ‘em!
Doubtless she’ll be earning more than she could ever earn in a year or so as her bonus will stack up. She got her ‘Dream Job’.
Both the employer & the employee’s mindset won the day. I wish that were true more often.
I’m Roseanne Stockton. Chester SME Business Woman of 2013 & I successfully run Nu-Recruit.
We place permanent & temporary candidates of the very best quality into great local employers & jobs in Liverpool, Chester, Wirral. In a no-fuss, no nonsense way.
And I love what I do. And I’m good at it!
Call me if you think my experience will help you get the best candidate for your job! And please feel free comment on my Blog…..