Tell us your name and a little about yourself.
I am Charles Causey the founder of Matchstik, the first website in the world that is helping employers find people based on who they are – their natural strengths, skills, and values – and helps candidates find jobs they love.
With a background working in Human Resources technology and eventually starting my own recruiting firm, I saw first-hand the challenges companies face in hiring great talent and became passionate about solving the issue.
What exactly does your company do?
I’m on a mission to help people connect with jobs they love, and help employers find and hire the hidden talent all around them; that’s why I created Matchstik.
Matchstik uses a combination of skills and values assessments to understand job seekers based on who they really are and what they’re naturally good at. We then match those job seekers with opportunities that fit their unique profile, so when they get the interview they’re more likely to be hired, and when they get hired they’re more likely to stick around and be successful because they love the work.
Resumes get in the way of the process. What happens when a great candidate doesn’t have a great resume? Companies miss the best people all the time due to simple factors such as missing keywords, not having the titles they’re looking for, or even unconscious bias causing them to eliminate candidates they should be meeting with. We’re helping companies change this outdated process, starting with our launch market in Colorado.
What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
There have been many great learning lessons on the journey, but I’d say that the majority came from starting my own recruiting firm. After 10 years of selling the very technology I’m now trying to replace, I felt it made sense for me to go into organizations with boots on the ground to make a difference. Building a successful consultancy is no easy task and taught me a lot about leadership. Eventually, I realized that the best way to scale change is to create a new technology that solves the problems more efficiently than I can as a recruiter.
What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
This may sound counter-intuitive, but I wish someone had encouraged me to actually display less grit within my job and more ambition about finding the right job. Basically, I was willing to work really hard and long in a few jobs that I didn’t like because I thought that was the ‘right thing to do’. What I’ve come to see is that success and fulfilment come much more naturally when you are in the right context. Success ALWAYS requires hard work and sacrifice and perseverance — but those things are actually life-giving when you are doing it for something (or someone) you love.
Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?
Wow, that’s a hard one! I have been blessed with so many amazing people in my life. My wife is the biggest influence on me and she inspires and sharpens me every day. My mom and dad gave me a stable and values-centred upbringing and were wonderful parents. In a professional environment, my first boss Bill Goodwin first comes to mind. Bill commands an extraordinary ability to ask thoughtful questions and truly hear someone’s story–this made a huge impression on me. He taught me that each of us has a calling and that being present for another human is often the most important gift we can give.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?
I never miss an opportunity to thank my wife who has supported and championed me through all the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. I’d give it all up for her in a second, but she never asks me to and instead is totally supportive, and I’m so thankful for that.
Within the business, my Director of Operations has helped tremendously in getting our startup off the ground. Heather is actually a perfect example of what I teach.
With a husband in the military, Heather has moved around quite a bit over the years, causing her resume to show shorter stints at some of her past employers. Without knowing the context typical hiring leaders would reject her resume assuming she hops jobs, which is far from the case. She’s extremely adaptable, great at navigating complex decisions, and has kept the business on a healthy track so many times. It’s just another reminder of how we make judgments based on limited info in the traditional job process.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
Matchstik as a platform to bring unity, productivity, and goodness to the world. As humans, we invest so much of our lives working. Matchstik directly helps people find great jobs that fit them and helps employers be more successful. To the degree that Matchstik is successful in achieving those goals, that will be a big success in my life.
How can people follow your journey? Please list your social media URLs
LinkedIn (ME): https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlescausey/
LinkedIn (Company): https://www.linkedin.com/company/mymatchstik/about/
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