How to Hire Jake Gyllenhaal

In the new release, Nightcrawler, Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is at a desperate point to find a job.

Lou: “I’m looking for a job. In fact, I’ve made up my mind to find a career that I can learn and grow into. Who am I? I’m a hard worker. I set high goals and I’ve been told that I’m persistent.”

Who Lou is, is the Millennial job seeker. Self motivated, self educated, self driven. This is the kind of talent looking at your job postings.

Lou: “Now I know that today’s work culture no longer caters to the job loyalty that could be promised to earlier generations. But I believe that good things come to those who work their asses off and that good people who reach the top of the mountain, didn’t just fall there.”

The company man is a dead idea. If you want loyalty from employees you have to breed it. The next wave of job seekers is entrepreneurial. They’re willing to work hard if there’s room to grow and resources to learn and develop. If they hit a ceiling in their growth they begin looking outside your walls to find a position where they can learn more.

Lou: “And I’m thinking, television news might just be something that I love as well as something I happen to be good at.”

Value alignment is at the forefront of recruiting. Employees that understand the “why” behind what you do and embrace that reason are likely to stay at your organization longer and be more productive team members. If employees love your purpose they’ll want to see the company succeed in order to help that purpose grow.

Lou: “My motto is, ‘if you want to win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy a ticket.'”

And if you want to build an amazing team, you have to invest in the employee. If you’re looking to recruit the next all star team member, you should be transparent about what you offer.

Check out this trailer for Nightcrawler to hear Jake Gyllenhaal say it himself.


by Vinnie Balistreri

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