As it turns out, the career advice I have been dispensing all this time may be wrong. When asked what to look for in a new job, I often tell people to focus their attention on the manager: What can you learn from them?
Given the current spotlight the Royal Commission is shining on poor behaviours and toxic cultures in the financial services industry here in Australia, we would be justified in thinking that banks and purpose are mutually exclusive. So we started to look further afield to see if we could find an example of a bank that did actually have purpose, and could demonstrate it.
If you ask a recruiter at Google what they are looking for in a new hire, they will say “Googliness.” Best explained, “Googliness” is essentially a smart, collaborative, humble, optimistic, and not-afraid-to-be-goofy person. But how on earth can you identify these blend of traits in a pool of 75,000+ applicants per week?
This fall, in the span of about 30 days, a number of my closest friends left their jobs. It all happened in such a short window of time I was convinced that Mercury was in retrograde. There were a variety of reasons my friends gave but most centered around wanting to grow, make a greater impact somewhere else or join a new community of inspiring people.