New HR award

It’s a pretty cool idea, and instantly, within our VIP network, I was able to think of a dozen people that we will be nominating.  I wish there were more, but exceptional is hard to come by within the HR profession.

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Leanne Morris
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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Real estate & recruitment

How far through is the person in decision making?  Like the folks who are just curious about seeing a house with no intent of purchasing, there is an alarming number of job seekers, even at very senior level, who find it acceptable to enter into a hiring process "just to be sure" of an employment offer they've already accepted elsewhere!

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Supplier beware!

Given the extent to which we work successfully we other multi nationals, we found the situation surprising, and it left us bemused, puzzled and deeply concerned.  Our only explanation is that this has been be motivated by the hiring leader’s need to save face or money or both – she had already had a failed search engagement for this role with another firm, and with the role then being filled internally, was presumably under question as to why she’d engaged us at all.

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Great company brand? Wham! Pow! Ouch!

.... I know that companies spend a fortune on packaging, marketing, advertising, securing community goodwill, etc.  It will have taken them either a lot of money, or a lot of time to have achieved credibility for their brand.  And a recruitment "partner" can effect a fantastically negative impact on this, in just seconds and for free.

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Sydney siege and thoughts for HR teams

...more importantly, where does the moral compass of your management team and company lay in making exceptions?  (We heard just this week about the new employee at a household brand employer who was sent overseas for a work trip,  He suffered a horrific car accident, and wasn't eligible for financial or medical support beyond the first couple of months of his hospital stay because he didn't qualify under the company's policies for employees still in probation)

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Enjoy the Christmas party however...

Certainly the party cannot get out of control.  Like the Christmas event when Sam took full advantage of the free booze to the extent she was carted off in an ambulance after just 2 hours to get her stomach pumped.  Or when police had to break up the fight that ensued between 20 colleagues – for a whole year their management teams had been vying them against each other in “healthy” competition and slanging matches (so it was just a matter of time till that much warring testosterone resulted in fisticuffs)

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Recruitment agency fees

 I'm an advocate for cost containment when you do need to utilise the experience/support/expertise of a 3rd party recruitment service.  I'm also aware that there are still some recruitment providers who haven't changed their fee ratios or champagne and long lunch lifestyles since the nineties, and I know that that exorbitant fees do not guarantee the best service and results from any agency.  

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