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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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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