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Date Your Job

This article, Uncertain About Hiring, Some Companies Try ‘Test Drives’,  by Sarah Max from the Small Business section of the New York Times, introduces what appears to be a growing trend for start-ups and small businesses and gaining traction with job seekers as well.

The fact of the matter is that the job seeking/hiring process is expensive in mind-share and time for all the stakeholders . So it seems to be such good, common sense, policy to put a ‘try before you buy’ period into the hiring practice of any company or as the article’s featured company put it, a ‘temp-to-perm’ hiring process. This gives both the candidate and the company the opportunity to learn whether it is a match made in employment heaven and can save a lot of headache and expense if it’s not. Dating the job first may save everyone a messy ending.

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