Year 2017: information at your fingertips 24/7, unparalleled communication with people on the other side of the world, infinite possibilities.The talent transcends borders, if there is some expertise that isn’t developed locally, it’s possible to hire it remotely, professionals are less afraid to relocate, the complexity becomes greater. Culturally, the majority of the population will have difficulty or even resistance to changes that become the norm in our countries, communities, and companies. Global laws, institutions, and standards try to keep pace: equality and inclusion in the labor force, labor benefits that transcend the monetary, new roles for new needs and others. Fortunate we are living in a cultural revolution, but we must keep ourselves informed and do things with care.
Human Resources is a broad term and applies to the human capital management of an organization, its workforce. Depending on the company, the role can include training and development, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, labor law, organizational development, management evaluation and analysis (indicators), union management, equality, and inclusion.
We use technology more and more, in our organizations, whether for recruitment and selection or for internal processes. It’s a double-edged sword because, on one hand, it makes management more efficient and objective, but it depersonalizes the relationship. With strict systems for talent identification, we can leave aside transferable profiles or the possibility of giving someone a chance who might be of value. We can define trends in personality and behavior, understand interests or motivations, trace learning curves, in short, try by all means to predict the success of a person in a specific position and company, but finally, the human being can always surprise us.
For young professionals and those joining the workforce, it’s time to think of themselves as a brand:
- Different from our parents or grandparents, our lives are told through our web presence.The apps you use, the accounts you follow, the comments or likes you give, and what you post, will always be online. The internet doesn´t forgive and, apparently, doesn´t forget either. It’s not about erasing your life history or hiding details of your life, is to keep in mind that all this information shapes the perception that a potential employer or client might have of you. Okay, this is going to vary depending on the career you choose, as well if some activities look good for some industries, it’s different in others.
- Pay attention to the privacy settings of the sites/apps you frequent.
- Develop an online presence aligned to your personal brand or that adequately represents your profile or personality. It´s better to be authentic and transparent.
- Previous generations comment that there is a lot of rotation between Millenials, that means, they frequently change their jobs. Define your work style: do you want to be a freelancer? Consultant? Work for projects? Full-time worker? In fact, If you want to work full time, it’s preferable that you maintain some stability because potential employers may perceive a risk to hire someone who will soon leave their company. You can work on projects or be a freelancer as a parallel job.
- Education is very important, but the experience is indispensable.
Mistakes aren´t the end of the world, they are opportunities for improvement.
By Natalia Lenn Mejía