Where is the Risk?

Auren Hoffman has an intriguing post, It is too risky not to take a risk, suggesting that people take what appears to be the “risky” job rather than the safe job.I see it differently. I don’t see jobs as risks, but as opportunities. I tried to select my jobs based on where I would learn the most. The two times I took a job where I wasn’t going to learn, I got fired. (I was moving too fast for the rest of the organization.)

I see the risk a little differently. I don’t see the risk in what appear to be safe or risky jobs in terms of money or advancement or whatever. I see the risk in not matching the culture to the candidate. When I see unhappy employees or frustrated managers, I typically see a mismatch of culture–both in what the hiring manager hired for, and what the candidate was looking for.

The key for hiring managers and candidates is to match the opportunity (and culture) with the candidate. Otherwise, the match is too risky.

One Reply to “Where is the Risk?”

  1. I like the post talking about risk and have wondered myself about the whole risk/reward thing. When I left my job in construction almost 6 years ago, there was a lot of risk. Making over $20.00 per hour seemed safe, except for the fact I was laid off 4 to 6 months out of the year in Michigan. Taking a job for $10.00 per hour in a field that I thought was interesting was a gamble for sure, but eventually paid off after getting a $4.00 raise after a year and after proving myself as a hard working employee willing to learn.
    Now I find myself as a Telecom Technician looking again, but this time hoping a company will take a risk and hire someone who may not
    have exactly the credentials that they are looking for, but someone who would like an opportunity to show their dedication and desire to succeed.
    Risk and reward can work both ways. I liked what you said about the job being an opportunity. It is a place to grow and learn. And if companies were smart in there hiring process, They should look for a person filled with desire and passion for the work they do and the willingness to grow so that both can benefit from the experience.

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