Understanding the Discerning Jobseeker [Part 1]

Here at The Good Jobs™, we’re all about helping companies understand how to better leverage their culture and brand to find the best talent. So, I’d like to introduce you to a term that we use frequently here at The Good Jobs. One that can help you to better understand who you want to recruit: the discerning job seeker.

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To get started … remember this statement? It is true!
“An educated consumer is your best customer,” Sy Syms, retail empire builder.

What is a discerning job seeker?
To put it simply, the discerning job seeker will be your best employee.  They know what they’re looking for, and they’re willing to wait or work for it. Let’s take a look at some key traits. The discerning jobseeker:

  • Takes responsibility for their own career
  • Looks to create alignment between their work and lifestyle
  • Knows what they’d like to do
  • Knows the kind of company they’d like to work for
  • Chooses their employer based on personal ideals, perks, or benefits
  • Doesn’t choose a job based on compensation

Conversely, there are also desperate job seekers in today’s job market. It’s a tricky balance – unfortunately the economy has created a large number of unemployed individuals that, regardless of their best efforts, have not been able to find work.  We are also facing a skills-gap that leaves qualified and talented people looking for work without the skills needed in today’s market.  Some job seekers are looking for a job – any job. Unfortunately, that desperation doesn’t always translate to an engaged, happy employee (or a satisfied employer!). In fact, hiring a desperate job seeker can lead to buyer’s remorse for both the employee and the employer.

Why does the discerning employee matter to your business?
The right company and the right fit are critical to the discerning job seeker  – and that means a more engaged, dedicated, productive, and satisfied employee.

Have any observations or insights into the discerning employee? We’d love to hear them! Join the conversation in the comments section below.

-Anne, Cofounder, The Good Jobs

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