Human resources is a Frankenstein department comprised of every function that didn’t fit into another department. Recruitment, benefits, employee relations, FMLA Administration, and the list goes on. In order to run a department like this, we’ve created jack-of-all-trades roles like Generalist that require HR professionals to become party planners, trainers, employment law experts, and everything in between.
The power of communication is a fantastic thing. Reflect upon a recent conversation with someone that went great. The one whereas you walked away you felt like you had a clear image or purpose from what was discussed. The chances are that person was a great communicator. Maybe they told a great story or painted a crystal clear picture. There’s a variety of ways to be a great communicator.
This has to be one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking experiences. The question that came up during the interview process along with even networking with other individuals, “How would you handle the change of pace?” Depending on the size of the agency and the corporation which you are moving to and from would alter this but the principle still stays the same.
“Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”
― Vincent van Gogh
The thing about Jim Stroud is that he’s da bomb. Like as in mind explosion. He has done it multiple times with his presentations. The way he searches, the way he YouTubes, and the way it socks it to you with his keynote sessions. He’s one of the reasons I’ve built so many CSEs (Custom Search Engines) focused on pulling contact information.
Over the years there’s been quite a bit written about bias in the hiring process, but not much attention has been paid to bias specifically at the top of the funnel when people are sourcing for talent.
Not many people have attended more SourceCons than I have. I had the honor of presenting at the very first one in 2007 and many since. And the further honor of SourceCon accepting my proposals to add two different tracks to the conference (SourceCon Labs in 2009, and Programmers in 2017). While each has since evolved and been renamed, they remain core parts of SourceCon.
Self-driving cars. Digital Assistants. Chatbots. The future is now, and some of us are eager to embrace it. Others, however, have a dystopian image of tomorrow, where artificial intelligence (AI) replaces workers and leaves us without purpose. I like to say that I think AI is far more likely to be Jarvis giving us all iron man suits vs. Skynet sending the Terminator. Machines will do more and more of the work that we don’t care to do any longer and allow us to focus on the things we do that add value. Let’s face it; there is a minimal upside in tracking and chasing people to finish a background check or scheduling and rescheduling an interview. Jarvis can handle that stuff; you’re Tony Stark, you have better things to do.