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The death of the resume

Posted on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 in Unemployment, skills shortages and wages

Businesses need new types of employees who are not going to step into the “same old same old” routine, but unleash their creative and innovative juices to bring new blood, fresh ideas and bold solutions. How can they use the recruitment process to attract, identify and engage this rare but vital potential?

Apparently not with the antiquated one-dimensional resume but with a live demonstration of applicants’ skills, innovation and daring through contests, social media challenges and a display of the knowledge and competencies they can bring to bear on business problems, ideas, products or services. Professional resume writers, change your profession!

According to Forbes, the resume has died, do you agree?

 

Innovation in Recruitment

Posted on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 in Creativity

The social media channels are frequently represented as the new silver bullet for communicators of all ilk, from recruiters to advertisers, from corporates to bloggers with a cause but is it an innovation that will truly launch recruitment into a new sphere of effectiveness and impact?

At a recent Think Tank in the UK on the future of innovation in recruitment, effective technologies combined with the importance of personal “human” interaction and the power of “story telling” took centre stage as the best solutions for tangible ROI and success.

We were not surprised at the findings that web-based technologies can save time and indeed money when it comes to search, but when it comes to placement, human interaction by a skilled and experienced practitioner is essential.

“Stack Ranking” an impediment to Human Resources?

Posted on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 in Leadership

The article below, entitled 'Can Bad Human Resource Practices Kill a Company?' may be one of the most important reads this week.  If human resources departments are increasingly losing employees’ trust, companies may be at risk of losing one of their most precious assets - their people.
 
Human Resource practices such as 'stack ranking', which have been around for decades and are widely used in South Africa, are increasingly coming under fire.  The merit-based scale may seem good in theory but if it is causing dissension, distrust and potentially unfair labour practices, perhaps it is time to re-think how to evaluate and manage the performance of employees.
 
The article focuses primarily on trends in the US and Ireland, but the HR practices in question are sure to impact on South African companies in much the same way.  Is there a uniquely South African solution that could emerge?  We would love to hear your thoughts. 

Employing James Bond

Posted on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 in Talent

Most people look at Mr Bond and see smouldering good looks, fearless, steely-eyed determination and impressive spy skills, but we see a great employee.

Diversity could improve your bottom line

Posted on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 in Diversity in Business

We have created this infographic drawn from a research review on why we ought to desire greater diversity in business.  Over a 10 year period, publicly listed companies that maintained diversity, as measured by DiversityInc, outperformed the NASDAQ by 28%.
 

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