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Human Resources and the Information Age

Would I exaggerate if I state that finding a GOOD job is almost impossible if you are to follow all the web interfaced profiling? (you know, the forms) A neat looking interface (probably very expensive as you rightly guessed) that barely permits exposing your capabilities nor gives any candidate the opportunity to present him or herself in a personal way. Most of the time those interfaces are poorly designed, have little room for the not-standardized-ICT-engineering-administration profiles preventing Recruiters from FINDING the right candidate. The mandatory categorization is a burden from leaving the average pattern, especially for the young graduate with lots of knowledge but little hands on experience, to position him or herself to exceed the boundaries of just one or two categories.

Could it be that HR departments cannot find anyone but fail to mention that they cannot maintain a personal contact with potential employees. And personal contact, gentlemen, means establishing a relation from one person to another human being using a communication technology (such as telephone, e-mail or even a plain old letter does the trick).

Sadly enough every job seeker gets bombarded with automatically spit out badly customized messages. If after all most companies are serious in stating that human assets are the most valuable a company has (this still is the information age, remember?), then why is there so little space for personal contact between a company and the potential employee? Is everything to be decided by standardized testing? Is every risk evaded by administering the miracle drug called “Assessment”?

Every company willing to grow in this day and age should leave the trail of that horrible human resources vocabulary. It is a vocabulary that only pretends hiding impossible deadlines, the loss of quality of life or the mere underpaid jobs behind useless marketing catchphrases that claim challenges, the abilities to take risks and the promise of endless opportunities. Are we really that stupid to fall for this? Apparently we have little or no choice, as anyone who refuses to be categorized is left outside in this new information age.


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