Human Resources Is All About People, Isn’t It?

Ange Connor

Imagine today you decided to change your career.  You took the courage to say no to your current place of work and want to feel happier. You prepare your resume and take it to a business you have admired from afar and the manager of the business has a conversation with you, rather than a formal interview.   Once it’s finished and they feel you are the right person, they give you a handshake.  The job is yours.  Wouldn’t that be perfect?

Not too long ago, the process for finding a new career was simple.   Not as complex to what it is today.  Recruitment just ten years ago was primarily about handwritten or typed cover letters together with a resume and good old fashioned conversational styled interviews together with background checks.

Fast-forward to today, the process is a little different.  First you need to your next job. Most likely you will register with an agency and go on their database, search the local newspaper together with online job websites, digital job boards, social media sites and use your networks.  Then when you find the job, the real work begins.

You will need a stand out cover letter, an update and concise resume, address the key selection criteria, and make sure your digital resume is up date on professional networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook.

If you are lucky enough to get through the application process, you will have a phone screen, followed by an interview in which you will be asked a myriad of behavioural and scenario based questions. A second round interview will take place usually with a panel and if you are the right fit together with your skills you will be offered the job after successful background checks are completed.

Wow, how much has it changed?  Whilst it is so important to ensure we have all polices, procedures and processes and all legislation is met I have to ask the question, has recruitment and HR lost it’s people skills? Are we so processes focused and not people focused?

It is starting to change again. Inspire HQ are putting the people and passion back into human resources.  You will still have to go through similar processes and procedures but we are completely changing the way we recruit, retain and lead employees.

The transactional clinical feel is slowly fading away being replaced with a coaching and mentoring style of consultants who will guide you through the process of finding a new job and identifying what you do well.   Human resources and recruitment is still crucial to the way we do business, but the future isn’t about just sourcing talent, rather bringing like-minded people who share the same values together.

About The Author
Ange Connor

Ange is the Founder and Director of Inspire HQ, one of regional Victoria’s leading recruitment, human resource (HR) and careers agencies. Ange is an ‘ideas’ person and a ‘big picture’ thinker. She loves to challenge the status quo – in fact, that’s how Inspire HQ began.

Ange has supported hundreds of businesses across Ballarat and regional Victoria to attract, engage, motivate, develop and retain their greatest assets; their people. Ange’s unyielding passion and invaluable knowledge of the recruitment and HR industry ensures she delivers the best solutions for her clients.

Ange has held various board positions and regularly volunteers her time to share her industry and market knowledge. She was recently a Councillor for the Victoria and Tasmania region of the Recruitment Consulting and Staffing Association (RCSA) of Australia and New Zealand, and she is a current Board Director of the Committee for Ballarat.

For more useful information, follow Ange on LinkedIn.

Hand drawn outline of mobile phone, laptop, cup of tea and book from a birdseye view.
Leave A Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Want to get in touch

What would happen if you spent just one hour focusing on your people strategy? Contact us to book your free one hour Inspire HQ People Hour; we’ll help you assess how to build a better workplace.
Megan and Ange are sitting in the Inspire HQ boardroom talking to a man and showing him a report with DiSC in the background.
Contact Us