Being neither up nor down: reflections on job searching limbo

Oxford dictionaries.com defines the word ‘limbo’ as ‘an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an intermediate state or condition’.  According to this definition ‘limbo’ has neither a negative or positive connotation. Another definition from the same source, Oxford dictionaries.com, equates limbo with ‘a state of neglect or oblivion’.  It might seem appropriate to… Continue reading Being neither up nor down: reflections on job searching limbo

Green shoots need nurturing

Job searching can prove troublesome, especially for career changers. Getting noticed can be tough. Even when there is something that seems to fit securing an interview can be tricky, especially when recruiters canvass according to a strict criteria of ‘must have’ essentials where role specific experience, rather than looking at aspiring candidates’ potential, takes precedence.… Continue reading Green shoots need nurturing

Resonance and reflection: what really matters to you?

The simplest messages often resonate the most. Twenty plus years ago a local preacher came and addressed my High School year group. His name and the denomination he belonged to have long since escaped me; but the core message of his sermon has not.  The man of the cloth said that we live in a… Continue reading Resonance and reflection: what really matters to you?

Four valuable lessons from uniform leadership cultural failure

There was a time my life when I longed to make a difference. I still do but, with the passing of time, I have tempered my approach. As a young twenty-one year old full of optimism I embarked on a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at Leeds University. My overt enthusiasm foundered on the… Continue reading Four valuable lessons from uniform leadership cultural failure

People buy people before they buy products and services: my five top human centric HR hashtags to follow

Twitter is awash with hashtags, many of which fail because they simply sell a product or service. It is my belief that the hashtags that work are the ones which bring people together, encourage collaboration and celebrate difference.

Eight ways to really put the Human back into HR

The head of the CIPD, Peter Cheese, outlined several themes, which are shaping the future of work, in a typically engaging and authoritative speech entitled ‘Putting the Human back into HR’ at Leading the Way, a joint Acas, CIPD and Liverpool Law Society conference at the Museum of Liverpool on December 1st.  I have summarised some… Continue reading Eight ways to really put the Human back into HR

Top seven HR ‘themed’ songs

In need of some light-hearted, non-taxing conference respite?  You have come to the right place.  Here are my top seven HR ‘themed’ songs in no particular order. What do you think?  Sharing with the hastages #HRsongs and #cipd15 on Twitter.  Feel free to play along… Joe Smith and The Believers, Walk A Mile In My… Continue reading Top seven HR ‘themed’ songs