Great writers transform into Great Leaders.
Last week I attended a retail industry social networking event, wherein I met with very interesting people from the retail fraternity and I happened to participate in one discussion with a couple of senior industry stalwarts over cocktails on the role of HR and current hiring trends. This discussion was so insightful & inspired me to pen down my views on current hiring trends which might be helpful for some professionals seeking better opportunities.
Below are a few tips or insights which could prove to be useful for my blog followers and connections on linkedin.com. I had previously written an article on how to make your career fool-proof (check out here: https://bit.ly/2w2ymth)
Resumes are outdated:
We all know that resumes are redundant.
They are full of “action verbs” that don’t mean anything.
The ideal way is to check the candidate’s cover letter. This is where you get to see clear communication instead of a list of skills, verbs, and years of experience.
You hear someone’s actual voice in a cover letter.
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Your college GPAs or Percentages does not matter:
Over 80% of CEOs in the top 500 US companies did not receive their graduate degrees from Ivy League colleges. Instead, they have made their way upwards by constantly upgrading their knowledge and by continuous learning.
Mark Twain once quipped, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education”.
This quote is so relevant in current times.
The third point is very close to my heart and I always propagate the same to my fellow teammates and actually practice it myself (I always conduct role-play sessions with the candidate during the interview session or give an assignment on some topic prior to the interview session).
The point I am trying to make here is that HIRE CANDIDATES WHO ARE GREAT WRITERS.
Why writing skills matter the most?
The writing skill is the most crucial skill that makes the candidate stand apart from the rest.
My rationale for the same belief is mentioned below:
Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking.
Writing gives a direction to the mind & proves to be useful in project planning, strategic thinking, strategy development, and building brands.
Good writers know how to communicate.
Key leadership requirement in any business
With writing comes Empathy.
They can put themselves in someone’s shoes very easily. Empathy is very crucial for managers who manage their team members.
Writing makes your thought process crystal clear
Very important when you are working on strategic goals, you need to have a crystal clear plan or vision.
Good writers know what to omit
Any information which does not contribute to the main communication objectives needs to be omitted that’s the main role of a good leader.
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I would end this article with a statement that I firmly believe i.e. “Writing is the new currency for Ideas”.
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About the author:
Ritesh Mohan is a passionate retail professional with over 20 years in the Retail sector, handling some of the biggest brands in the beauty, fashion, and fragrances retail & FMCG sector. He has been instrumental in the growth of some of the regional brands as well in the Middle East region. Ritesh specializes in Retail management, Product development, and Brand Management, Retail Operations, Sales Management, and Franchising & Business Management.