For teachers upset about not getting the pay they feel they deserve in the classroom, they may be intrigued to learn that outside of it they could do a lot better: A cadre of top recruiters are looking for them for a range of positions – with lots of upside for performance.
Part of the reason why many companies switch (from job boards, open calls, and other traditional recruiting platforms) to Apploi is because they greatly value personality and other soft skills (communication, language, friendliness etc). That to them is often even more important than the hard skills and experience listed in their resume. Indeed when a customer is upset that they’ve been waiting in line for 15 minutes, a soothing voice and friendly smile without a degree is far more effective than a scowling MBA.
One of my favorite examples of a client using Apploi to tease out personality is Dennis Conklin, an entrepreneur on the West Coast who runs around 40 stores, across 3 concepts. For his receptionist and sales team, he asks them to submit through Apploi – along with everything else in the traditional resume and other soft skills questions – a video of them reading from Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
- It shows confidence.
- It shows personality.
- It shows a willingness to have fun.
Another top recruiter, Amanda Boone, I spoke to last week told me that for a long time she’s been recruiting teachers for leading positions in her call centers. Why?
- They’re great at explaining things.
- They’ve got remarkable patience.
- They’re used to dealing with a range of personalities.
It makes complete sense. Indeed the best sales people, the best customer service reps, all have qualities teachers have: Enthusiasm, credibility, knowledge, and relationship building skills.
The more time I spend with top recruiters, the more I learn about the untraditional (and unexpected) avenues they source from. It’s a lesson to jobseekers of all kinds: think outside the box, you may be more valuable in another profession.
I’d love to hear other examples of “surprising” career changes, let me know.
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