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Posted: May 14, 2008 3:49 a.m.
Updated: July 15, 2008 5:03 a.m.
Dear Job Seeker:

We have posted this letter on the company's Web site and it is also available to individuals who come to our office and ask our receptionist if we are accepting applications.

The reason we hire people and keep them employed is based on the contribution an individual makes to the organization. We receive many more applications than we have available positions. That is because we seek to hire the very best.

Please take a few minutes to review this letter before you complete the application and ask for an interview.

Job skills
When we post an opening, we expect the individuals who express interest to have, at a minimum, what we are seeking in terms of work experience and education.

If you don't have that, please do not complete either our online application or a paper one.

You will be wasting your time.

We hire people with a passion for what they do. Employees in this company wake up and look forward to being here, making a difference for our clients and for each other. We have discovered that passion energizes people and is highly contagious.

If hard work, integrity, loyalty, honesty and teamwork are part of your nature, then you will fit in here. You aren't likely to be hired if you are not in sync with our core values. We'll be asking you about this should you be interviewed.

Energy level
Focused high energy is the fuel that propels this company forward. A lack of energy, or enthusiasm, means you won't last long here. We can usually see what a candidate's energy level is during the interview process. (If you walked in and asked the receptionist for an application, the interview process has already started. If you filled out the online application we timed how long it took you to finish it. Energy = Speed).

Beyond just one person
Our company consists of people, processes and products to satisfy a greater need for our clients and community. If you have an attitude of "What is in this for me?" it will hamper our efforts. You'll be asked about this should you be interviewed.

We believe in over communicating here. Everyone has to be able to convey information, ideas and decisions to everyone in the company in order for us to be successful. Verbal and written communication skills are required in this company and you will be asked to demonstrate both when interviewed.

Working with others
The ability to get along with others is paramount. Teamwork is essential to the survival and success of an organization. We don't like lone rangers here!

Our focus every day is on results. Businesses face the never-ending battle for survival and success. People that will focus on results are always in need. If you don't know what results are expected of you, your department, your division or this company, you better ask and find out. Around here we aren't shy about asking people, "What are your goals?"

Problem solver
People are hired to solve problems regardless of what is written in a job description. The more problems a person is capable of solving, the more valuable they become to the company. By the way, the problem is not increasing the size of your paycheck. It is increasing the profits, cash flow and assets of the company.

No one at this company is interested in people coming to work with an attitude. "You owe me" will get you nowhere. Part of our hiring process includes doing a comprehensive background check to see what your work life attitude is.

Being a self-starter is critical. Individuals need to be able to have initiative to take on an assignment or project and finish it. Interviews include in-depth questions to verify your level and ability to take charge and move projects and assignments along. If interviewed, you'll be asked about when you took the initiative at prior places of employment.

Work ethic
In a recently published survey on the American workforce, only 26 percent of the people employed are "actively engaged." This is defined as being loyal and productive. During our interviews we ask about levels of engagement at work.

Business understanding
Our employees understand the business that the company is in.

Our employees are not in the business of collecting a paycheck! Our employees are in the business of making the company successful, which means they will continue to get paychecks, opportunities for advancement and bonuses. Be prepared to be asked about our business.

That will likely be the first question anyone asks you if you are interviewed.

Lifelong learning
This company believes that every employee must continue to learn throughout their career. We offer in-house classes and send employees to outside workshops to keep our competitive advantage strong. Not everyone believes what we believe: Our employees truly are our greatest asset and we must keep investing in every one of them.

Thank you for your interest in our company and we wish you the very best in your career.

- The employees

Kenneth W. Keller is president of Renaissance Executive Forums, bringing business owners together in facilitated peer advisory boards. His column represents his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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