While the economists and pundits will argue for months if not year as to when we will have officially come out the other side of the recession one thing seems clear that hiring practices and HR in general has evolved and changed.
It should be a simple win win proposition where a company finds the right person for their need and a person finds a place where they can contribute to a company for good compensation.
Things however have evolved for both sides and with the stakes higher than ever, job seekers and HR professionals are having to work harder to make the old proposition work.
This chart by beyond.com shows just how far apart, what in this case, the Millennials and HR professionals are in their thoughts. While 82% of Millennials believe they are loyal to their employers and 86% believe they are hard working, only 1% of HR professionals believe the Millennials are loyal to their employers and only 11% believe Millennials are hard working.
The reality is HR professionals are pushed to achieve greater results with less time/resources and those looking for work struggle to be visible and seen as the right hire.
Jannic Nielssen a recent college graduate went so far as to design a Kickstarter styled online resume complete with video. Obviously the burning question is whether the quest for a more unique resume like some these 25 unique version is really effective or might it serve as more of a detriment in one’s job quest?
While it might be an employers market job seekers are not the only ones struggling to get noticed and many companies have created their own HR marketing videos like this one from Hubspot.com
What is clear is that caution is the word of the day for both employee and employers alike as while there are shining examples of both groups efforts to get noticed there are more tragic examples which leave both sides shaking their heads at the effort wasted and the negative impressions created.
Ultimately it is about the basics and it seems we are in a time where there is much desirable and undesirable information out there to be learned about employer and candidates alike. Employers are likely to have their list of non-negotiables factors in hiring and candidates are likewise concerned with finding the right next step in their careers.
So join HR professionals, recruiters, job seekers and of course the employed but always looking in a lively discussion of what HR is looking like in a post recession world.
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