Sunday, September 16, 2018
Delray Beach, FL– He needed a new editorial director. I asked him how the search was progressing. He said that someone was “currently reviewing resumes” for him.
That worried me.
Because when it comes to hiring members of your creative team, you are not looking for a specific set of skills. You are looking for superstars and potential superstars. And for them, conventional recruiting methods don’t work.
Academic credentials mean nothing.
Resumes don’t mean squat.
Relevant work experience is generally overrated and problematic. (Superstars are usually treated like superstars and therefore rarely appear in the job market.)
And re the initial review process… you have to be careful. You don’t want a sensible person doing that. They will cull out the “unqualified” and the “oddballs.” But superstars and potential superstars are usually both… so you have to make sure the reviewer understands what you are looking for.
What are you looking for?
You’re looking for temperament and talent. Someone who is very smart. And naturally contrarian. Also, someone that can play well with others.
You’re not looking for good. You’re looking for great.