Posted April 6, 2012on:
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All big ideas start somewhere. Ours started on a warm August night. My buddy Mark and I were on the porch of my house, shooting the bull about our lives and his upcoming doctoral dissertation in the field of Industrial Psychology. We were covering the basics of personality in the work place and a topic that was new to me, person-organization fit: how a person’s personality is a key indicator of future job satisfaction and success. My mind was completely blown! What started as a conversation about his studies and this subfield of Industrial Psychology quickly morphed into a calling to change the status quo of the job selection process.
Since that night two years ago our plans have taken form, our ideas have become more focused and we have pressed on with our goal to turn the job selection process upside down. We participated in a Princeton, NJ Startup Weekend event in November 2011 that helped strengthen our resolve and push forward with our efforts to develop the Never Work platform. We even took home a prize from Google that night, achieving far more than we had ever hoped to.
So where are we now? Our belief has always been that hiring managers rely too much on the subjective and not enough on demonstrable data – how a candidate will fit within a certain role and more importantly within a certain company’s corporate culture. Imagine two potential employees applying for the same exact position with two similar companies in the same industry. On paper everything is the same, qualifications, references, educational history and past work experience. 6 months later, employee A is already looking for a new job while employee B is happy at his or her current position. How did this happen? We are firm believers in person-organization fit, and that a candidate’s personality is a key indicator of long term job satisfaction and success.
We envision the Never Work platform as a key to finding this match and reducing the adverse impact and excessive hiring costs a firm goes through to find that perfect match. What we have now is a simple tool. It allows you to find jobs someone with your personality will thrive in. We plan to keep adding features moving forward (we’ve got some big ideas – so stay tuned!). For right now, play around with the site, find out what careers might work best for you and take advantage of our partnership with Indeed.com to search for a job that will fit you best.
We have a mantra that we use daily, a quote from Confucious: “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Our one goal is to make it easy for you, the job searcher, to find a job that you will love with a company that is the perfect fit for your personality.
Never Work is a marathon, not a sprint, and we are just crossing the starting line. Join us as we move forward into the future. Stop by neverwork.co and give the platform a try.