Why isn't the Head of HR becoming our new CEO?

HR has an unrivalled view across the organisation and regularly deals with serious and complex issues that have an impact at all levels.  Decisions about people are fundamental to the success and wellbeing of an organisation but, despite these qualities, it is usually the accountant, lawyer, salesman, or operations person who lands the top job.

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Senior HR Manager - GERMANY - circa EUR 140,000 base + package

Our ideal professional will have a history of working successfully across the complicated matrix of multinational companies, for the first hand understanding of what “good” HR can comprise.  But this professional will have also have first-hand experience of the “getting stuck in” element that is part of any young, dynamically growing organisation.  A person who prefers purely strategic business partnering roles won’t enjoy this quasi-startup type environment.  This really is about “rolling up your sleeves” and helping with whatever is needed to get the job done with a high energy "can do" focus! 

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THE HOURS YOU SPEND ON YOUR RESUME - part 1

I remember sitting with my then colleagues in a London office, and having one of them exclaim - look at this CV, this person has been working for 30 years, which is longer than I've been alive! This was met with sniggers and head nods from all present. Except me. When I stated that I too at that time had been working for 30 years, I was met with shocked faces. 

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When did talent management take over HR?

We have been doing some research recently into the HR structures of some of our newer, more technologically savvy businesses and it appears that a subtle but significant change in HR might be taking place. In the past, the senior HR person in any organisation was probably the Group Head or SVP of HR or something similar but we are now seeing the rise of a Head of Talent Management instead. What might be going on?  Is this a permanent change, and what does it mean for the HR profession?

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Commerciality & the HR professional

....despite everyone’s claims of commercial savvy, we still see 2 very different camps of HR job seekers.  Those who think and talk purely like HR practitioners, and those who think and talk like business leaders who just happen to have the HR specialism in their "toolkit". 

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You put what on your résumé ?!

Make sure your Linkedin profile features a professional photo.  Frolicking on a beach holiday, glamour shots fit only for your boy/girl friend, receiving (what appears to be) a lap dance in the company of your mates, or getting sozzled at a wedding might all make for fun pics, but not for your professional profile and especially not whilst you're hunting for work.

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Buyer beware of sneaky recruitment firms!

The MD then called the candidate directly – explained that we’d have to cancel the final meetings as we couldn’t afford to match the other employment offer, but wished him luck in the other role.  The candidate was bemused - no offer had been received and he wasn’t in other hiring processes!

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