This is one of my course books for my new course. Its an MA level course in the Management of Human Resource, currently i'm studying this as a PG Dipl...moreThis is one of my course books for my new course. Its an MA level course in the Management of Human Resource, currently i'm studying this as a PG Diploma as this is what the company funds as standard, but there is an option to turn this into a full MA for an extra £2k and the dissertation unit...
I've just read the first chapter of the book, as I've just started working my way through the first module handbook also named - Developing Skills for Business Leadership. It was an interesting introduction to the book, the module guide said that this would set the scene for the module and I think its given quite a good overview of why we should focus on developing skills for business leadership. I especially like this section: "Research indicates that building and developing skills - whether transferable or specific to an industry or organisation - remains underdeveloped in many organisations because managers themselves lack vital interpersonal, people management and leadership skills to deal effectively with the increasing pressures in their daily routines" (Developing Skills for Business Leadership, Watson, pg. 9). This rang very true for me, particularly in my current environment, which is very fast paced and tasky - there isn't the time to be reflective always and spending time on development courses is a lower priority than getting the day-to-day job done.
As I work my way through this book, I hope to be able to review the chapters as I work through them with the module guide in line with the fact that this is supposed to be a reflective piece of work....
Chapter 4 - Developing your Professional Identity - Personality, Values, Norms and Emotions - this is what makes up your professional identity and these can change... I get the theory bit covered in the book, although I found this chapter a bit heavier going than the first chapter. I think it might be because a lot of this is subjective and was relating to case studies. I think this is a chapter i'll have to read again to really get it...
Chapter 5 - Concepts of Self and Self Management Skills - I don't feel that I took much out of this chapter. I actually found it quite wordy in places. I think that when it comes to planning my assignment, this chapter will prove to be quite useful but i did find it hard to read as I went through it for the first time.
Chapter 6 - Effective team building and Communication - I really enjoyed this chapter and found the information really interesting. Working in a large team at site I hope that this will provide some valuable steps to take but will also help me to understand the difficulties I face with my virtual project team. a well worth read.
Chapter 7 - Negotiating and Liaising within the political organisation - a little woolly for me as a chapter - I'm hoping that this will make a bit more sense in the context of the study guide as I'm not sure how I should use the material covered here.
Chapter 14 - Decision Making and Problem Solving - not really having anything to do with this in my current role I wasn't aware there were so many ways of decision making and problem solving. I have only ever been a participant in a group and due to my introvertive nature not a very obvious problem solver. I guess when reading this chapter I can think of the way I have dealt with issues to make peoples lives easier when people have pulled out of interviews for example and I have helped them avoid having to spend several hours wasting time waiting for the next interview by rearranging their later interviews to fill the earlier vacant spots. Or making a decision about how to make sure everyone has the relevant information. However, this decision making does not follow the methods described in this book, so this has given me some new avenues to investigate next time I need to solve a problem or make a decision.
Chapter 15 - Decision Making and Problem Solving in Practice - this is a case study chapter which i think will prove most useful when I come to thinking about how and what I will write in my assignment.
Chapters 16 & 17 - I found these hard work and I don't really get it....
Chapter 2 - I think this is the most stressful chapter I have read yet. I'm sat here trying to plan what I will write in my reflective log about study skills and all I can think is how can I be reflective about a course I've barely started where the first piece of work is a reflective log and well study skills don't really come into my day to day job. This chapter is all about being critical - which I am trying to do - and types of reading...which would be great if we were actually doing a module where reading was a big thing. I don't know how I can use this stuff in my reflective log, hence the stress...I thought these chapters were going to be more tied to the content of the units but it feels like this one has been thrown in to the study guide and doesn't quite tie with what I'm supposed to be thinking/ writing about...or maybe I'm reading it the wrong way?
Chapter 3 - useful information about the project/ dissertation I will at some point have to do and some good reminders of referencing - which I really should look up the university regulations for...
Chapter 10 - this is one of the chapters I have to read for the finance and budgeting unit. It's a slog of a chapter to get through unless you have some knowledge of finance and budgeting. I struggled my way through it, trying to get to grips with the terminology and think about how I can use any of this to support my current (virtually non-existent) experience of finance and budgeting so that I can be reflective about what I've done. What this chapter has done is open up a whole pile of questions that I really need to get some answers to - and I think this is probably where my reflection will come in. Yes, I've had this experience, yes, I've seen a budget - but no, I don't have a clue what it means!
Chapter 11 - a further chapter of sheer confusion...I need to get myself some understanding finance lessons
Chapter 12 - Statistics and IT - something I'm at least a bit more familiar with. Theres a lot in this chapter that I currently do (good job for the ol' reflective log really), and theres a lot of this I haven't done since GCSE Maths (and I didn't really get it then). I'd like to say that this has given me some inspiration for my business reviews which will start again next week, but it really hasn't - I don't know how to use these, but maybe my action plan is an investigation into how we could use some of these tools?
Chapter 13 - looking at IT - I forgot that online recruitment systems were a use of IT - maybe with this I ca talk about how we use our online system but also others to data mine, and reflect on the effectiveness and how this enables us to take over each others work as necessary. But some of the pitfalls come with uploading information, and using a checklist to make sure that everything is updated correctly?
Chapter 18 - Project and Talent Management - thankfully this chapter put my mind at rest somewhat that I am doing the project I'm working on currently right. This chapter gives you an overview of project management, its not the be-all and end-all of project management but it gives you the tools to get started, the rest comes with experience. I managed to make a few notes in the margin of this text for stuff to either think about going forwards or use to support my reflective log, and despite the fact that it was a very long chapter, it was easy enough to read and understand.
Chapter 8 - Interviewing and Managing Performance - I think I got the most out of the selection interviewing section in this chapter as it is where I am most experienced, I really don't have much experience of appraisals, except as being an appraisee, and my appraisals have never really followed the structure in this book, and I've never been involved in a disciplinary so I have to take that one at face value a bit. I think what I found most difficult about this chapter was that it covers some of the stuff that has been covered in earlier chapters, and now I am concerned I'm not going to meet all of my assignment objectives with the plan I have in place...
Chapter 9 - Learning Professional and training skills for the contemporary business environment - this is the last chapter for me to read this time through the book. I've struggled to get to grips with this one, though I think this may be from lack of experience rather than the content of the chapter.
I've worked my way through this textbook along with the module guide and all that is left now is to write my reflective log and use the information I have learned to develop an action plan, which given that I struggled with a lot of the content covered in this module should be easy to do. I expect that I will be dipping in and out of this book continuously over the next month while I work to complete and improve my reflective log and that areas of this book will probably prove useful as my course progresses and material covered here is re-covered and expanded on in the specific units.
Overall a good book, a challenge to get through at times, and its taken me two months to read on and off but its been a good starting ground for my course - and hopefully will provoke me to be more reflective and look for more opportunities for development.(less)
This is my core course textbook which I have been reading over the past few months. It's a very bit and quite heavy going textbook because of the topi...moreThis is my core course textbook which I have been reading over the past few months. It's a very bit and quite heavy going textbook because of the topic areas but I've tried to reflect on the chapters as I've read them.
Chapter 1 - I started out with such high hopes for this book. It started out easy to read and rapidly became more complicated. I'm not sure if it's because I don't understand what I'm really reading about or if it's just because it's got to many words that just makes it more complicated to try to get my head around the simplest concepts. This covers of the basics, perhaps it will all start to click into place with the next chapter...
Chapter 2 - I'll be honest, I've kind of glossed over this one. It's really heavy work and I'm sure its one that I will have to come back to at another point but it is literally too complicated for me to read and understand.
Chapter 3 - another somewhat heavy chapter. Turned out partway through that whilst this chapter was recommended for the unit I was studying, it was more a scene setting chapter than anything else so I was able to leave some of the bumph behind and concentrate on the important stuff.
Chapter 4 - this chapter I read as part of the recruitment and selection unit for my leading, managing and developing people course. It was full of facts and figures. A long chapter with some nice to knows although working in recruitment currently not all of it translates into the practical field.
Chapter 5 - Talent Management. this chapter was quite interesting.
Chapter 6 - another very wordy piece of work that has been covered in a number of ways in the other chapters associated with this area of the course. Easy to read and written in easy language to understand that I was able to read it quite quickly.
Chapter 7 - all about Learning and Development. Whilst I had covered a lot of this material with other reading I have done, this was still interesting and there were still a few new models for me here. My problem with the material so far is that it is so wordy, I often find it difficult to make head or tail of it.
Chapter 8 - This was an interesting chapter. I like the whole topic of HRD although it is very heavy going in terms of who has said what about what. From all the reading I have done on this topic I was able to see what is common in all the writing and there were parts I knew I had already covered and this was a good recap of the knowledge that hopefully will stay between my ears for the exam.
Chapter 9 - Management and Leadership Development is an area that I find quite interesting and this chapter built on a lot of earlier material which I really liked.
Chapter 10 - the employment relationship. Much more legally focused chapter which i find very interesting. It's a long chapter and has a lot of examples which both makes it heavy and clearer in parts.
Chapter 11 - another chapter that is legally focused on areas such as collective bargaining. Not something I have ever had practical experience in so I find the theory of it all a little confusing.
Chapter 12 - this chapter again was difficult and confusing to struggle through. I think I find it all the harder because I don't know what I'm reading the material for and what direction I should go in...it just means that everything is really complicated.
Chapter 13 - Employee Reward. An interesting chapter that debates the area of employee rewards, looking not only at the history of reward but also the links between reward and performance.
Chapter 14 - Employee Participation - did not get this at all...
Chapters 15 - 17 - these seem a lot more practical to me, but not really relevant to my studies currently. Perhaps these are ones I'll come back to again later.(less)
This is the book for my second, and exam based, CIPD module. Like with the previous book, I am sure we will be required to read all the chapters, than...moreThis is the book for my second, and exam based, CIPD module. Like with the previous book, I am sure we will be required to read all the chapters, thankfully this one is only around 300 pages as opposed to the 600 of the other one.
Chapter 1 - this was the introduction to the book, with a couple of case studies and an outline on how the book with progress in terms of structure. I found the case studies and the questions a bit of a challenge to get through, I'm not sure why, or whether I'm just reading too much into it, but the questions seemed quite hard. I think I need to go back and recap the case studies when I make my notes for this chapter so I can try to understand this a bit better.
Chapter 2 - I'm starting to come to the conclusion that these CIPD books are nothing if not super wordy. In an attempt to get ahead on the material before the study day so I at least have an idea of what is going on, I've started to read the material for the first unit (there is a lot of reading for this one - unfortunately it's the exam course). Rather than starting with the study pack I've taken the textbook and am tucked up under my duvet because it's well below freezing and my flat I'd still cold even with the heating on full and have started to read. It wasn't until I got to the bit about ulrichs model that I started to understand what this was on about. It's a very wordy chapter with lots of food for thought that I don't really understand yet. Hopefully it will become clearer as I progress...
Chapter 3 - I'm struggling my way through this book and it doesn't seem to get any easier, the material makes sense in isolation and perhaps I getting hung up on not understanding how it fits together and I'll be able to translate into exam material. Not helped that my concentration is interrupted every 5 minutes by Xbox gamers sat in my flat!
Chapter 4 - finally a chapter that I have come some way to understanding. This chapter focuses on ethics which is something I did as part of my a level studies. This chapter goes less around the houses than its predecessors have done and actually makes sense. These ate the different views, these are the challenges, and these are some of the things that can be done to help. Rayner and Christy have done a good job with this chapter and have given me some hope that maybe im not that thick and I might actually be able to get through this course and scrape a pass...
Chapter 5 - essentially simple models of leadership complicated by lots of blurb around research, which whilst important, has been dropped into this chapter to make a point about how important current study in these fields are. It doesn't feel like that adds anything to it, just blurring the borders of the different theories and the principles addressed.
Chapter 6 - yet another chapter I struggled through. I understand the principles of change but there was so much material in this chapter it was difficult to know where one point stopped and another begun. I think when I come to make notes from this i'll be able to break this out and make sense of it, but reading it as continuous passages trying to understand what was going on was a significant challenge.
Chapter 7 - this chapter scratches the surface of the interesting employment relationship and psychological contract. I'm glad this isn't one I have to focus on writing an essay about as it is very complex, but its quite a interesting topic area and certainly something to examine further in the future
Chapter 8 - organisational and job design is a tricky concept to get your head around and this book has lots of theories in that I'm struggling to understand. But it is an interesting topic area.
Chapter 9 - we're back on familiar ground with this unit as its all focused on recruitment and selection, unfortunately not a question in the exam. Luckily I'm practised in most of this and this has given me the theory that sits behind it.
Chapter 10 - Developing employees. An interesting subject area with a number of models that, once I get my head around, I will be ok with understanding. A little more straightforward than some of the other chapters, perhaps because it is an area I can relate to.
Chapter 11 - Managing the employment relationship is a topic that I am quite interested in, perhaps because of the diversity aspect and I currently work in the wider talent and diversity team. This is the topic area we've been told to steer clear of for the exam because there's not much literature around it. This chapter was very engaging and I found that I was quite interested in the material that was there.
Chapter 12 - performance management, reward and motivation is the key area for the exam and despite the fact that I wrote my first degree dissertation on this, there appears to be new information for me to learn and a lot I've forgotten. Again another rather complicated chapter that has given me quite a thick head.
Chapter 13 - the closing chapter of this book recaps the rest of it. I think this may help guide my thinking for the case study exercise there is as part of the exam which focuses on the future trends of HR.
Finally finished the read through of the book this time, but my challenges with the material are far from over and I will be coming back to this book over and over again between now and the exam in may.(less)
This book was another kindle freebie so I thought I would pick it up to see of there were any good tips in there that I could use. I particularly stru...moreThis book was another kindle freebie so I thought I would pick it up to see of there were any good tips in there that I could use. I particularly struggle to sleep well when I'm away on courses which often makes the second or third day near impossible to get through. I wouldn't waste your time with this one though, most of it is common sense and stuff that has been tried and tested over the years. Use your own resources to find something that works for you and stick with that!(less)
Currently I am using this book to study towards another of my CIPD modules. It's not a core text but it's an area I'm interested in and it cost me a p...moreCurrently I am using this book to study towards another of my CIPD modules. It's not a core text but it's an area I'm interested in and it cost me a penny to buy from amazon. I'm already far more engaged with this book than I am with the heavy theoretical texts I'm also studying at the moment.
Chapter 1 - Provides a flavour of development and assessment centres. In my line of work, incidentally recruitment, the lines are often blurred between the two depending on the circumstance. This chapter shows this to be fairly normal and also gives areas for consideration in the development of an assessment centre fueling food for thought for the assignment piece of this module which includes the development of a one day assessment centre for graduates.
Chapter 2 - this book will be particularly useful for proving thoughts into the appropriateness of the tasks that I select for my portfolio assessment. I had previously thought that assessment centre were quite simple to put together an run, but this chapter gives rise to thoughts about equal opportunities and making sure the process is fair and transparent for all. It also has useful insights into how these processes are actually two way, not only for the company to assess the candidate but for the candidate to assess the organisation. It's something to think about in designing my own programme.
Chapter 3 - the thing I'm starting to like about this book is that it reinforces the important points over and over. This chapter links to strategy but does so in an interesting way that makes you want to understand why the assessment centres are important
Chapter 4 - this chapter gives you some key areas to consider when doing centres for selection.
Chapter 5 - development centres, slightly less relevant in terms of my course but nonetheless interesting and thought provoking
Chapter 6 - this chapter outlines the decision points around whether you are going to run an assessment centre. Informative it outlines research in the area and why or why not you should do this.
Chapter 7 - this chapter focused on the stages you would pass through to design and deliver an assessment centre. This would be useful for future assessment centres I will no doubt have to design, but is a little too much detail for my needs now.
Chapter 8 - this takes you right back to the point before the exercises are created. This takes you into the heart of deciding what you are going to assess and why you are going to assess these competencies. This is very detailed, down to the level of considering whether the competencies are leaning to a male or female way of working.
Chapter 9 - probably the most useful chapter in terms of my course so far. This has all the considerations that need to be made in designing exercises and some particularly useful points about the assessment framework - now to put it into practice. This chapter hasnt given me a ready made solution for what I need to do but it has given me a kick in the right direction.
Chapter 10 - another useful one following on from Chapter 9. At this point I'm doing so much reading that i kind of wish this was a research essay rather than a practical one.
Chapter 11 - more about how to structure the day and less on how you are going to assess. Definately useful at the point at which it comes to planning how to run the day and some useful information besides. Some of the material presented here seems so obvious that it is forgotten about when making your own plans for an assessment centre and it is useful to be reminded of the importance of it.
Chapter 12 - provides some useful checklists for making sure everything is ready and considerations that need to be made over how the participants will be observed during the processes and ways in which you could do this. this chapter highlights the amount of behind the scenes planning that is really necessary to have an assessment centre run smoothly and reminded me of things that I ought not to forget over the course of planning my own assessment centre.
Chapter 13 - this chapter moves us through the process whilst also taking us back a few steps and making points about exercise design and the impacts that this may have on the ability to assess. What I like about this chapter is that it treats you like a novice to assessment centres and makes it very clear, sometimes in a little too much detail for me, what should and shouldnt happen and how to avoid common pitfalls.
Chapter 14 - I have to be honest, I skim read this chapter. The reason being, its already 6.45am and I have a conference call shortly and would like to get through this material before then as its a full day of telephone interviewing today (yay for the cold, sore throat and hacking cough!). For my purposes this chapter was not really relevant at this stage, but will become more so and I think this might be an area that I would want to focus on in my reflective piece post assessment demo in a couple of weeks (and now that I have written this here I might remember to do so!)
Chapter 15 - again, getting a little beyond the remit of this assignment and therefore skim-able at this stage. This is the kind of chapter that ties nicely into my current role and with a career in recruitment in mind will prove valuable in the future (unfortunately there are not enough hours in the day to appreciate this fully at this stage!). There is not much that I can use in my assignment I don't think, perhaps placing some emphasis on the timelines of feedback to manage the candidates expectations on the day...
Chapter 16 - yet again, another chapter that is beyond the scope of what I have set out to achieve at this stage but may prove to be useful when it comes to reflect on the activities and how these were received in the reflective account
Chapter 17 - the final chapter (i'm always pleased with myself when I get to this point). Of all the chapters, this was the one I most struggled with because I havent got anything to relate it to practically, having never been involved in this side of the assessment process. Again, I'm not sure if perhaps this is an area for the reflective log and I'm not sure I'll know that until we've designed and run the exercise and understood how this works.
Overall, this is a very good book. If you are interested in recruitment and selection, this is quite a specialised area focusing on that in an assessment forum as well as how development can be done - always useful if the recruitment function sits within the Talent team! I would definitely read again.(less)
This was an interesting story that I picked up as a kindle freebie a few weeks ago. It is a story of faith and belonging. This is really revealing and...moreThis was an interesting story that I picked up as a kindle freebie a few weeks ago. It is a story of faith and belonging. This is really revealing and the honest nature of the writing is really interesting to read. I found myself sympathising with the characters on their journey and wishing they would turn a different way at certain points. This book deals with many issues, faith, belonging, rejection, realisation. It is a fantastic autobiographical tale.(less)
Another core book for my course,this focuses on resourcing and talent management,the third of the eight modules. I've approached this module with some...moreAnother core book for my course,this focuses on resourcing and talent management,the third of the eight modules. I've approached this module with some nervousness. As a recruiter myself, this will either enhance my knowledge or have the opposite effect.
Chapter 1 - As always, these textbooks start off with an introductory chapter that covers off the outline of the book. The difference for me at this point is I feel much more interested in the topic at this stage than I have with any of the others but perhaps that is because I am a recruiter...
Chapter 2 - this focuses on the environment behind the recruiting scene. covering the legal side of the recruitment process this opens up your eyes to what you can and can't do
Chapter 3 - this is all around flexibility and the flexible firm. I find this material really interesting, and whilst quite heavy reading this presents the pros and cons clearly and in an understandable way
Chapter 4 - again interesting food for thought. this focused on diversity and fairness and all the ways you can dicriminate against people, as a recruiter it makes you think twice about what you are doing
Chapters 5,6 and 7 - interesting material but difficult for me to associate to as these are not really areas I focus on in my day to day job.
Chapters 8 and 9 - Alternative Recruitment Methods and Employer Branding. two important topic areas that as a recruiter in a day to day role not much thought is given to, but this provides you with areas that you ought to remember.
Chapter 10 - Selection: the classic trio. I think this will be useful for part of my assignment and writing about the things I would do for my fictional assessment centre. A lot of this is familiar to me in day to day recruitment, but it makes me realise that as a central function we only do part of the process and there is much more there for HR and line managers to be doing.
Chapter 11 - Advanced Methods of Employee Selection - this section has some useful areas in if you are planning your own assessment centre. It is an area that I will come back to as I do my assignment to make sure that I have covered everything, but also because there were some good points that I could use for referencing.
Chapter 12 - 20 - this material falls outside of the recruitment process and is what happen afterwards. Unfortunately in my current role this is not something I get involved in so I find it a little bit meaningless, but it is certainly something I can come back to if, and when, my role becomes something where this is relevant.
All in all an interesting read. In some places eye opening about things that we should be doing but perhaps don't, and in other areas very familiar from my own experience.(less)
I am a recruiter. I spend 5 days a week reading CVs, conducting telephone interviews and arranging face to face interviews. I saw this book on amazon...moreI am a recruiter. I spend 5 days a week reading CVs, conducting telephone interviews and arranging face to face interviews. I saw this book on amazon as a kindle freebie and clicked on it out of interest. The blurb they give on amazon is something along the lines of: a recruiter spends an average of 8 seconds on a CV before making a decision over a candidate. I've seen a lot of CVs since I've been recruiting with lots of different approaches. So I'm giving this a go to see what tricks are recommended....I'm usually a sceptic of these books that give you "brilliant idea" but lets see what we think:
Idea 1: Dream a Little Dream For me, this is quite a key idea for candidates to get their heads around. Why? Well, once I've seen what candidates have been doing and think they may be suitable for a role, they go through a telephone interview. Here, these few questions become key when questioned on what have you done in your career and most importantly your motivations for working for our organisation or motivations for the particular role or just looking for a new opportunity as a general point.
Idea 2: Remember, Remember I wish this tip was heeded to more by candidates. Middleton is absolutely right when he says "you'll be fighting a lost cause if you rely on the recipient spending their precious time sifting through your CV to locate the information they're particularly interested in". When you have 60 or more applications and CVs to sift through, having to look for the information is frustrating.
Idea 3: How long do I have? This book recommends 2 pages. It's hard to do that, especially if you are new to your career and have done lots of temp roles and want to get them all down to sell yourself. But nothing frustrates recruiters more than having CVs that are 4 + pages long.
Idea 4: Eight potentially life-changing seconds This is the time it takes to decide whether to continue reading a CV or bin it Middleton says. He's pretty right with this, particularly where there are high volumes of applications.
Idea 5: Me in a nutshell Spot on with this one! Give me a professional summary any day of the week - but guys, try to make it relevant to the role that you are applying for to show you have read the job description, you know what you have applied for and what skills relate to this role.
Idea 6: What's your type? Two types of CV: Chronological or Functional. If I'm honest, the one I prefer is the chronological one. I find that one much easier.
Idea 7: DIY CV Bang On - nothing is better than writing your CV yourself. If you get grilled on this, you need to know it.
Idea 8: Cut to the chase Lets be focused guys. As a recruiter I think this is really important. I want the key facts so I can make a decision.
Idea 9: Throw another log on the file Track what you've applied for. I find it extremely frustrating talking to candidates who dont know what it is they have applied for or even the company.
Idea 10: Learn to speak 'behaviourese' We like competencies. It's our HR speak.
Idea 11: Reading the Runes Reflect the job advert in your CV. It makes it much easier for us if you know what is required and can evidence what you have towards this.
Idea 12: What am I letting myself in for? Understand the company. Again, spot on with this advice. We like to know what you know about us and why you want to work for us.
Idea 13: Ditch the dodgy dossier Don't lie, we'll find you out.
Idea 14: Numbers count We all like numbers, we like to know how impressive you can be, some decisions are based on the volumes you have dealt with in the past. Follow Idea 13 here - don't lie, you'll get caught out.
Idea 15: Be an Achiever Show off your achievements
Idea 16: Writing with panache Be concise, write in the past tense, use the third person, avoid confusing turns of phrase, dont try and be funny, use plain english
Idea 17: The seven deadly CV sins Dont show off: Pride; Avarice; Envy; Wrath; Lust; Gluttony; Sloth
Idea 18: Looks can Kill Presentation is as important as what you say. I have to say this is one of the big things for me, if its badly presented and hard to read it takes much longer to get through, and its often a frustrating process.
Idea 19: Two CVs are better than one Tailor make your CVs.
Idea 20: How to deal with the skeletons in your CV Account for any gaps that there might be in your CV, in other words recognise don't ignore them. Job Hopping, show what skills you learnt from this.
Idea 21: Another Skeleton, another cupboard: redundancy Explain it in a way that is professional and positive
Idea 22: Selling a one-company career Show off your progression and the skills acquired
Idea 23: Take the Car Challenge, Action and Result. Don't be coy about your achievements.
Idea 24: Corporate Prehistory You are only as good as your last performance.
Idea 25: Show some oomph Be positive. show that you are active, convey enthusiasm. Use strong words.
Idea 26: Act your age This is a tricky one to get around with all the information about age discrimination. This is probably one of the tips I would steer clear of.
idea 27: Bob versus Robert Do you have a name you prefer to be called? Why not use that on your CV?
Idea 28: I'm keen on ping-pong, playing the ukulele and going to the theatre Get the on the Cv, theres no harm in putting it in there but it can be met with mixed responses from recruiters.
Idea 29: Set the right tone Be conservative and be just that little bit different to stand out. But steer clear of Photos, humour, mess with peoples expectations. Match the CV to the job and if you get an interview dress conservatively.
Idea 30: Apply yourself Spend time on your application forms, photocopy them and work on drafting them before you do the final version; use dark pen - its easier to read; think about what the organisation is looking for and tailor make your application; be clear and express your ideas; highlight your achievements and show what you have found out about the company; keep your own copy; use A4 envelopes
Idea 31: Surfing CVs Recruitment is electronic. Highlight the key words for the role.
Idea 32: Transatlantic issues Cv's that work in one place wont always work in another.
Idea 33: Please find attached Is your covering letter essential or totally unnecessary?
Idea 34: Bring me the head of Johnny Recruiter Rejection Factors: its straightforward, its grammar, its spelling mistakes, its too little information, its not directed to the advert.
Idea 35: Time to shed some pounds? Salary is a good area to steer clear of in a CV, particularly if it is a lot more or a lot less than advertised. Save this for a face to face.
Idea 36: Reference points Control the references you get, don't leave this to chance.
Idea 37: Is it convenient to talk? This is a big bug bear of mine. If you are keen on a job, answer the phone or you will be passed over. Usually we will try 3 times to reach a candidate, and nothing is worse than unreturned phone calls or worse still phones that don't have voicemail set up. That is a sure fired way that interest will rapidly be lost in your application
Idea 38: Bend the facts a little Make sure that the job title is not an acronym that no-one understands - if it needs to be altered slightly so it can be understood, do so
Idea 39: Detox your CV Keep whats needed, get rid of the rest
Idea 40: Is your CV fitter than you? If you get to an interview make sure you look the part, this will have a better impression
Idea 41: I'll show you mine if you show me yours Get some feedback on your CV - it's the only way to improve
Idea 42: Quality versus Quantity One thing that drives me mad as a recruiter is a candidate who has stumbled across our website and applies for everything - and not just everything in one field, but every vacancy we have. It's disheartening as a recruiter to have to reject the candidates, and I'm sure its disheartening for them to receive. The advice here is totally right, sometimes being focused with the applications is as important as getting your CV out there.
Idea 43: Networking Use your contacts and make sure you build and maintain your contacts.
Idea 44: Perfect your personal elevator pitch This is about being memorable, but being clear and succinct.
Idea 45: Dealing with specialist recruiters This is all about relationship building essentially.
idea 46: Handling Interviews Make sure you are prepared for this. And remember what was on your CV
Idea 47: Handling rejection Be positive about the rejection and continue to look for what new opportunities there may be. Ask for feedback
Idea 48: Avoiding the poisoned chalice Make sure you are looking for opportunities that will enhance your career not destroy it
Idea 49: Manage the brand called You Show what makes you special. This is down to you, you have to create this and maintain this.
Idea 50: Do you even need a CV at all? Not all careers need CVs, but even if that is the case now, keep a record of what you are proud of and what you have achieved just incase the situation arises. Sound advice
Idea 51: Treat your CV as a vade mecum Have it there to use when needed - again sound advice.
Idea 52: One last thing (20 actually) Make sure you follow a checklist for your Cv to get the greatest results. This is common sense like contact details, making sure you have targeted the right role in your profile, there is evidence there to back up your statements, checking typos
All in all there is some pretty sound advice in this book - I've summarised the headline areas above and added some personal reactions in particular areas. If you are looking to enhance your CV to find that new role, or things aren't quite working out for you on the application front, I would give this book a try. Some of the things in it might seem obvious to you when you are reading them - but they are the kind of things that are so obvious they get forgotten about when it comes to the crunch. Sound advice here.
This is the core textbook for the fourth module as part of my CIPD PG Diploma/ MA in HRM. This is another assignment module rather than an exam based...moreThis is the core textbook for the fourth module as part of my CIPD PG Diploma/ MA in HRM. This is another assignment module rather than an exam based course and I can feel that I am reading this book in that vein. The aim of reading this book is not only to support my understanding of the learning and development environment, but also to support me in developing my assignment which is around designing a management development programme for a case study organisation.
Chapter 1 - Learning and Development in Organisations Today: This chapter gives us the historic information about learning and development and the importance of this in the organisation. This chapter gives some key definitions and some key areas of focus for the field of learning and development. There are some useful points in here to draw into areas of design of a learning and development programme.
Chapter 2 - National Skills Strategy: Chapters like these are always really hard for me to work through, these are the ones that highlight my lack of knowledge in the wider HR field and make me realise that there is more out there for me to experience than just staying in the field that I know and that I am comfortable with. This is the area that makes me realise that I need to do operational HR rather than just a specialist field. This is the government strategy and policy that we should be applying. I find that it is complicated, even set out in a straightforward way like in this book, but it has given me a little bit of an understanding into what to expect and what I need to know, and it actually interests me enough to want to experience it further.
Chapter 3 - Reforming Vocational Education and Training: A lot of the activities in this chapter happened when I was too young to understand or after I had left school so I didn't notice. This was enlightening about the key decision that have made education what it is today.
Chapter 4 - this chapter has given me the basics of where the learning theory has developed from. It has given me a foundation for where I should look to make sure that my assignment is fitting to the requirements of the brief and also fulfills the key learning points.
Chapter 5 - this was interesting and helped me think through how to approach this assignment, where to start with my programme ideas and things that i should be looking out to achieve.
Chapter 6 - this chapter was hard work to understand, i'm not an L&D expert and don't have much to do with this area of HR. But the theory is always interesting to read.
Chapter 7 - this chapter will prove useful for my assignment, this provides some of the key areas to consider when designing a learning and development course
Chapter 8 - has some useful pointers for things to consider to make a successful training course
Chapter 9 - ethics...now how do i combine this into my plan?
Chapters 10 - 14 - these are all about managing L&D in different sectors...its actually quite an interesting read...
Chapters 15 - 18 - these are really the sum up of the book and some of the key challenges that are faced(less)