What’s the best part about your job?
As a Recruiter I’ve asked this question hundreds of times. It’s a simple question that often leads to anything-but-simple answers. These answers open a window into what people seek from work. It illuminates their drivers, and helps you understand what they truly value from their job.
There is another reason this has always been my favorite interview question: curiosity.
Recruiting Is A Voyeuristic Profession
I’ve always been curious about different professions – how difficult are they to master? What separates good from great? What’s interesting? What sucks?
Asking “what’s the best part about your job?” gave me a sense of what it’s like to be a Product Manager, a Designer, or a Marketing Executive. It satisfied a certain professional curiosity about what it might be like to work in those fields.
The Story Behind The Story-Telling
Recently I had the opportunity to speak at the Sourcecon conference and share career advice from six practitioners in different areas of recruiting and talent management. Part of that involved capturing their responses to the best part about their jobs. I gathered their thoughts via audio as I really wanted their responses to be intimate and in their own words.
Those stories sparked an idea. What if I scaled this initiative and posed that question to a broader range of professionals – capturing their responses, tagging by profession, and making them available for anyone curious about that field to listen?
“The Best Part About My Job”
“The Best Part of My Job” is a new project highlighting individuals and their career stories. These stories will span a diverse mix of fields and professions. The audio clips will be formatted into a podcast that will live on SoundCloud and iTunes, and be shared as a collection on thebestpartaboutmyjob.tumblr.com.
The project will launch with a heavy recruiting career focus (based on my recent travels and immediate network), but will scale over time to include voices from various fields and careers. The audio will be tagged by profession, making it easy for those who want to know more about what it’s like to be a _______ to learn more.
I’ll be featuring a new story each week. Wants to share yours? Click the button below to learn how.