Time to put all that theory into practice

first_imgI am currently representing too many excellent unemployed HR professionals.There are too few jobs for them all and too little flexibility in themarketplace to allow them to shift sectors. This is partly being driven by the narrow-mindedness of employers, with manypresuming that the laws of supply and demand are stacked in their favour. They want only HR people who have vast experience of their specific sector.But they ignore talent and performance at their cost – come the upturn, the warfor talent will intensify once more and an individual’s greatness and notsector knowledge will be the important factor. Meanwhile, for the unemployed HR professional, the key survival tactic isconfidence. It is critical to do whatever it takes to find ways to stay active– undertaking interim roles or consultancy to keep emotionally andintellectually alive in the marketplace. You need to seek independent coaching and counselling from trusted friendswho can help maintain confidence and a sense of reality. HR people are great atsupporting others, but notoriously bad at using their own support networks. This is also the time to consider external development programmes, seconddegrees, and voluntary work. If you need to toughen up on public speaking, getout and practice it. Think through industry shifts – if you have always wanted to work in retailthen now is the time to make the move, but be realistic about employer demands.Whatever you decide, take action immediately. People come to me who, withhindsight, would not have chosen to go on holiday on leaving their previousemployer. Instead, they would have thrown their efforts into repackagingthemselves. All those made redundant go through a ‘grief curve’ to varying degrees andHR people are no different. But while they are experts at helping othersunderstand it, amazingly they often do not spot the signs in themselves. You have to carefully balance whether you should take a job opportunity. Ina perfect world, you will only ever join an organisation where there is demonstrablepersonal and professional growth. It is hard to be this picky when you have a mortgage to pay, but the longeryou hold off from taking an unsuitable role, the better. It is so easy for HR professionals to get wrapped up in helping everyone elseleave the business, they forget about their own emotional health andconfidence. This is dangerous in the current economy and I implore HR people tofind time for themselves. By Chris Matchan, Vice president of consumer practice, Korn/FerryInternational Time to put all that theory into practiceOn 19 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img