November 4, 2021

Elon Musk is widely known for caring more about what someone brings to the table than what pedigree they possess, what papers they have from what prestigious organizations. I could have used this type of thinking some years back.

Before you gather the village, light the torches and prepare the oil, yes, I realize there are times when having it matters. For example, I want to know my doctor went to medical school. But let’s face it, there are many times when it’s simply antiquated “the way we have always done it” thinking.

I was once offered a job...OFFERED, MIND YOU…to do PR for a company. I knew all the movers and shakers in the Tristate, had relationships with everyone, particularly the media which was the crux of this job. But what I lacked was the degree they wanted. So this is how the offer slid in sideways: They wanted me to take the job but under the condition that I go back to college for another 2 years to get the degree required for the job. (Insert puzzled look)

My reply: “Let me get this straight. You think I can do the job, you are offering me the job, but you want me to expend my time and money to go back to school to get a piece of paper to prove to you I can do the job that you won’t get until 2 years after I have been doing the job?”

Yeah, wrap your brain around this logic. Clearly, I didn’t take the job. I explained to them, they could simply change the criteria if they felt I was the candidate but apparently that was too much for them to do with a meeting and a keystroke and obviously I should be WILLING to do this for them.

Examine your hiring practices. Are you doing something this insane? If so, just stop it.

About the Author Lewis Chaney

A TEDx Alumnus with over 25 years in TV broadcasting, advertising, and filmmaking, Lewis D. Chaney has mastered the art of getting to the damn point.

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Most companies are wasting an enormous amount of TIME & MONEY on employees with poor communication skills.

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Lewis D Chaney of GET TO THE DAMN POINT speaks at TEDx Evansville