Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Is Entry Level too small a role?

With the number of layoffs and job transitions in our world right now, we are facing an issue that has long since been in existence, but seemingly ignored: The stigma associated with entry level positions.

Part of the challenge Contagious Leaders face is finding the right folks to fill entry level positions. Now, however, the challenge is shifting with finding people who are not overqualified for an entry level position. But also, and perhaps more importantly, it is finding those who will bring a great attitude and work ethic to a position that might be seen by the applicant as "beneath his or her abilities".

What happened to starting somewhere, doing that job to the absolute best of your ability, and working your way up in the organization. This used to be an expected practice. But now, it seems so many want to start out as management, when they really aren't sure how to do management, much less leadership. There is no shame in beginning at the beginning.

Entry level is not too small, it is the beginning. And it will likely give you a bird's eye view of the rest of the organization in ways that you might not be able to explore from the executive suite. If you are a contagious leader, hiring an entry level position, keep this in mind. You are hiring the future leaders of your organization. If you are going into an entry level position, contagiously lead yourself and your own attitude. This is a role that could be a launching pad, a springboard, and certainly ripe with learning opportunities and possibilities.

Stay Contagious!

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