Updated: Sep 19, 2020
Imagine hiring someone to work in HR today. How different would your criteria be from hiring someone in 2019 or prior? What differences would you be looking for in their background, experience or potential. While hiring activity around the world has dipped, if you allow yourself a moment to deeply reflect upon the factors of employment consideration, in these times you might just find yourself at a loss. Now reflect upon someone else – you! How have you changed? How have you adapted to the new normal? And what are you doing today to prepare for the new tomorrow (the past is past).
If you are lucky enough to be gainfully employed, do consider yourself lucky. Many people, through no fault of their own, have been forced to take a pay cut, been laid off or made redundant. It's important to never forget the valuable lessons we are experiencing right here, right now – today, so that in the future, if you are hiring someone to work in HR, you might want to consider someone who has experience outside your industry. People working in industries hard hit by covid like hospitality, travel, retail and restaurants are acquiring an immersion in HR that you don’t get from a textbook. And one last point, if you are one of those people getting more life-experience than you signed up for - stay positive. If history teaches us one thing, it is that resilience creates the diamond in the rough.