In these days of high technology, of psychometric tests and assessment centres, of sophisticated websites and video technology, it is tempting to think that recruitment is so scientific, so precise that it can all be done at third hand or on paper.
HR Directors hate over half their staff - and here's the proof!
OK - that might be a bit strong, but here's a statistic for you - over 60% of staff are so badly thought of that at least half of HR Directors would not re-employ them.
At first I thought that this must be in our sector, the automotive industry, with its reputation for high turnover and poor staff development.
But no, it appears that we are no worse than anywhere else, for the survey was conducted across all industries, and involved 1,000 of Britain's biggest companies. It was carried out on behalf of the Institute of Directors a few years ago, but it has always fascinated me.
Planning a career at present must seem a bit like property speculation in an earthquake, or picking the right pension fund for your retirement. The whole structure of the industry is changing around us, and you are expected to plan your future.
Your CV is your own advertisement - a personal sales brochure. It is a vital document - regard it as your passport to a new career. To maximise on its impact, like any ad, it is essential that your CV is clear, concise and contains up-to-date and relevant information.
Over 7m people in the UK have searched for a job online in the last six months (nearly 40% of those who use the internet). Apparently 500,000 of them had obtained a job at least partially down to the Web. So it does work, even if less than 8% have been successful.
Do not sell yourself short - but do clean your teeth
Automotive Management 09/07/99
In this computer age, in these days of psychometric testing and assessment centres, it is tempting to think that recruitment is so precise that it can all be done on paper. Business continues to be all about people, however, and their relationships with each other. The interview remains common to all recruitment processes. It is still the best way to decide, to put it bluntly, whether two people like each other.