Put Your Promises in Writing

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Put Your Promises in Writing

Encourager-In-Chief: January 31st, 2018

Make your word your bond.

When I worked as a printing industry recruiter, I learned something very interesting about people’s integrity. If I ever had a candidate who received a job offer from a company I was not representing, all I had to do to keep the candidate working with me was to ask him or her a simple question: “Did the employer you wish to work for put your offer in writing?”

Invariably, the answer was, “no”. I had been recommending that the candidate asks for everything in writing. Without fail, the hiring employer would not prepare an offer in writing and I would retain the job candidate. Ironically, this would even happen with companies who were on other occasions my clients. For whatever reason, they would not put the specific details of their promises made to the job applicants in writing. This was a major mistake because it undermines credibility and breeds mistrust.

If you intend to hire someone, be willing to stipulate exactly what you’re agreeing to in great detail and put it in writing. You are demonstrating to a potential hire that you are a man or woman of your word.

When someone is willing to invest a portion of his or her life working for you, you can’t start too soon letting them know you are trustworthy and honorable. Not only will it attract more high quality people, your employees will spread the word to other people they know that you are an employer of choice and integrity.

Your word is who you are.
- James Earl Jones

This excerpt is taken from my How to Hire Winners! seminar.

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