A question about job descriptions….out of the mouth of babes

job descriptionsOnce upon a time, there was a young woman studying to become an HR professional. Her professor invited a panel of senior HR professionals from each area of HR to meet with the class: Compensation, Recruiting, Employee Relations, Learning & Development and a senior HR generalist, who called himself an HR Business Partner.

After presentations, the professor opened up the dialogue to questions from the students. The young woman asked the group, “I wrote job descriptions in a summer internship, but I’m still not exactly sure how they are really used in an organization. Can you help me understand?” (more…)

Who is leading HR’s professional education?

HRmagMy article was turned down by HR Magazine.  It wasn’t turned down because of content or style, but because I’m not a professional writer; I’m a consultant.  They sent their editorial guidelines and told me that I was welcome to pitch a topic for their professional writers to explore.  That seemed odd, so I went back to old issues of the magazine and looked.  Yep, with one exception (“First Person Account”) the writers are all writers.  Oops – two exceptions.  There was a short article by a consultant talking about his published book, so I guess he was a professional. (more…)