Organizational Fit Madness

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This morning I read this delightful article from one of my HR Heroes Laurie Ruettimann (http://laurieruettimann.com/company-culture-myth/), it really shades light on some of the ridiculous practices that continue to be perpetrated by organizations. Now in Laurie’s article she states there is no such a thing as organizational culture and fit, which I disagree. There is definitely organizational culture and there are definitely those who know how to fit in, but it just does not matter when it comes to making a hiring decision. I know many will disagree because it is too soon to be shaking up “the culture and fit bandwagon.” But there is a time and place for all that.

Do you want someone who can do the job and do the job well? Which equates to making the organization more successful, or do you want someone that knows how to fit in? Shockingly enough many hiring decisions across this country is made solely on the second option. Friendship clubs become more important than building teams that will actually help you meet organizational goals.

If you ask a hiring person why they turned down a candidate, if their response is something along the lines of “oh they are not a good fit.” Ask why? I am willing to bet that 9 out of 10 times the answer that follows will be blatantly discriminatory and illegal.

I APPLIED FOR A HOOKING POSITION

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Filling out endless amounts of applications all comes with the territory of being entry level, but some of the nonsense that I have been coming across lately has really been contributing to me going insane!   I keep talking about this particular application I came across with anyone and everyone that will listen because I am still completely annoyed with what happened.

You see I was filling out this poorly developed application (this is my field I know this stuff) for about 30 minutes when all of a sudden I was hit with the most ridiculous question yet! I was asked my marital status. Some of you may think okay Erika what is the big deal? Just answer the question.

Well unless you are some very cute man with a Caribbean accent about to buy me a Watermelon Long Island at the club, my marital status has nothing to do with you or your stupid application. Does my husband somehow increase or decrease my ability to perform the duties you are seeking from a candidate? Where is the logic!

As I assess the entire situation the only logical conclusion I can come up with is that I was really filling out an application for some creepers who are looking for singles to be a part of their “organization” AKA the street corner. Maybe the application was developed in another country where a woman’s marital status determines if she can work or not.

Either way, these folks need to hire people like me that will develop more effective applications to maximize  quality talent pool, but no… they are too busy hiring people with 20 years of experience who continue the same pointless practices they have been doing for the past 20 years( such as developing horrible applications). Yet these organizations ask for innovation. HA! If you want innovation hire someone who barely remembers Reagan and can tell you their favorite Power Ranger! I’m talking about a Millennial dang it!  And more specifically I’m talking about this millennial!

Pregnant & Seeking Employment: Pregnant Girl Problems

Ok, so if you are a business nerd like myself you probably heard a little something about Yahoo taking on Marissa Mayer on as their new CEO even though she was six months pregnant ( Yes I know this is old news, but I have a point, hang in there). This of course brought out all sorts of unnecessary debates about what this means for woman. I think the part that mostly had people up tripping was Mrs. Mayer plans to take a short maternity leave after having her baby. Queue Salt and Pepper’s “It’s none of your business.”

Whatever your opinion of her may be is really not the point of today’s topic. You see, Mrs. Mayer or would it be best to say Ms. Mayer? Anyway Marissa has been fortunate enough to establish a career that speaks for itself. She truly is a force to be reckoned with and to Yahoo this pregnant CEO was the savior they needed to turn things around.

But what about the rest of us? You know, the equally if not more ambitious new generation of woman. Logging on to job board sites, networking, reading, writing, basically doing everything Yahoo told you to do to get a job ( don’t deny it) with the hopes some employer will take the chance on you to show them you too are a force to be reckoned with. FYI this Midwest gal lives in Texas now, so I get a kick out of using words like “reckon” and “ya’ll.”

Anyway like I was saying the equally ambitious women who also happen to be four to six months pregnant, but unlike Marissa are just starting their career. What do you do?!?

I will just go ahead now and out myself by saying I am currently in this situation.  I am hungry to start my career but had a birds and bees moment with my hubby, now I’m knocked up and some people keep trying to convince me to hold off on job hunting because I am going to be going on maturity leave in some months. But I don’t want to; maybe it’s the crazy stubborn millennial in me, but I don’t see what the problem is with me starting a new job 5 to 6 months pregnant. I went back to school and work three weeks (could have been sooner but my baby was almost 10 lbs, physically it wasn’t possible) after having my daughter, granted I couldn’t stand for more than 10 minutes at a time. I was able to do what I needed to do. Bonding is clearly not an issue for us because when my baby is hurt or in a bad mood, I’m the only one she wants; whenever I come home she does a little joyful welcome celebration for me. So IN YO FACE bonding fanatics.

In all seriousness what do we entry-level women do? Do we just hold off, have baby, and then start our career. Or do we keep on trucking?  Do you let employers know at the interview stage that you are in fact pregnant? Or just let them think you’re just pleasantly plump (which not going to lie, I am)?

I heard everything you said Sheryl Sandberg about the ambition gap and what not. I’m not one of the ones bringing us down, when I was a kid I wanted to be a judge; in fact I wanted to be Judge Judy. What do you have to say about this situation? Chime in O wise ones.