Control System Integration Jobs: Hire a SWAN
By Marty Michael on Aug 27, 2009
Engineering is a very diverse discipline. At Avanceon we need thinkers and doers, inventors and implementers, designers and troubleshooters. Sometimes one person contains all of these skills, though more often a team comes together to complement each others' skills. The whole is greater than the parts.
When it's time to hire most of us look for the standard requirements, probably including some sort of specific experience or skill set. However, many innovative companies are now focusing more on an individual's personal attributes than where they obtained their degree or what their specific experience is
This successful practice is known as following the SWAN Model: Hiring employees that are Smart, Work Hard, Ambitious and Nice. Though hard to gauge at an interview, these qualities almost guarantee a decent worker. When hiring a non-entry-level person, the SWAN model, coupled with what they've done in the past, is a far better indicator of success than any resume.
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People at Avanceon share a common set of attributes: we are all SWANs! We have found that SWANs likely have what it takes both to help our clients and to be successful at our company. "SWAN" is an acronym for people who possess four qualities: Smart, Work hard, Ambitious, and Nice.
We are looking for people with keen minds who may have pursued a variety of academic interests and demonstrated achievement in their chosen fields. Once these people join Avanceon, they can turn their intellects on the problems facing our clients and develop creative, effective solutions.
Being smart is not enough to succeed at Avanceon; you must also be willing to apply yourself every day. We look for people who have demonstrated their ability and willingness to work hard through academic/professional achievement and extracurricular involvement.
We look for people who set high goals for themselves and then strive to achieve those goals. Implementing our solutions allows us to validate our designs at an operational level, and it takes an ambitious individual to propose and then implement a system that could potentially change the way a company does business.
Many companies seek to hire people who are smart, hard working, and ambitious. Avanceon, however, has one additional requirement: you must be nice. Being nice is more than just a measure of one's integrity and character. We work closely both with each other and with our clients to solve problems and implement solutions. We encourage cooperation and sharing among all of our associates and one of the best ways to ensure this high level of cooperation is to hire nice people.
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About the Author
Martin is the Principal for Enterprise Manufacturing Software Solutions at Avanceon. Martin leads the company vision to provide innovative technology solutions to industrial and manufacturing companies, to improve their ability to respond in today’s rapidly changing market place. Martin is a long time business leader in the area of on-line production systems; cloud computing, manufacturing execution systems, and track and trace solutions. Martin works directly with clients to improve their productivity, speed to production, and manufacturing quality in response to direct client feedback.
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