HMC Perspectives

Whether you are a leader in your organisation, a hiring or human resources manager, or an individual seeking career development, there may be some relevant and helpful information here …

The recruitment dilemma

Why most projects fall short before starting Most organisations have a set of policies and processes for recruitment. Many of these are highly comprehensive and very effective at assessing candidates to ensure the best person is selected for the position, through interviewing, analysis and other evaluation and selection tools. The problem is that most only s...

Common recruitment mistakes

...that reduce your chances of finding the best candidates... 1. Initial Preparation Consideration must first be given to which individuals will be involved in the assessment and selection of candidates. There is a need to ensure that they are committed and available for the purpose of developing or reviewing the position and requirements, conducting intervi...

How to write a resume

I have read thousands of resumes. Some very good ones and many poor. So what's the difference? Firstly, contrary to much advice, your resume or curriculum vitae is not a marketing document. If it looks like one (photos, colour, images, fancy fonts and designs, and extraneous information) it immediately tells the reader that: A) you really want/need a job (be...

Recruitment myths – How to choose the right approach

When you need to recruit, it can be difficult to know whether to manage the process entirely within the organisation, or whether to use a third party. This article explores the various options, exposes some misleading notions, and helps identify the approach most likely to result in the best outcome for each specific recruitment assignment. Internal or Exter...

The art and science of recruitment

Good recruitment is both an art and a science. It requires good technique as well as excellent strategy. A key objective of the vast majority of recruitment exercises is to find the best available candidates from which to choose from. However the reality is that most campaigns do not achieve this and simply select the best from an average or…...

How to find and retain the best people

Finding the right person for a critical role within an organisation can be complex and challenging. The success of any business largely depends on the calibre of its people, and the cost implications of a poor appointment, or failure to find an appropriate person, are substantial. Alternatively, the benefits from a successful placement can be exceptional, an...

Why use a search and selection consultant

When faced with filling a vacant position most companies will weigh up the options of using a recruitment consultant against doing it themselves. This article lists eight good reasons of why it is beneficial to use a professional search and selection consultant. Faced with the task of selecting staff, many Human Resources Managers and other senior executives...

Queensland corporate head offices

With excellent growth in the resources industry in recent years, people are saying that the influence of Melbourne and Sydney is fading as the new growth states of Queensland and Western Australia take centre stage. Unfortunately for Queensland, this is not the case as it is losing corporate head offices faster than any other state in the country. This has&h...

Chairman and CEO – Can you be both?

Many senior executives have often debated the questions: Should there be one or two positions at the top of a sizeable business enterprise? Do we need a separate Chairman and a separate Chief Executive Officer? Can we exist with an Executive Chairman and a Chief Executive Officer? Should the retiring Chief Executive Officer be appointed as Non-Executive Chai...

The appointment of Non-Executive Directors

Now that we have greater interest in issues of corporate governance and the prospect of Directors going to gaol for contravening the Companies Act, the subject of the recruitment of Directors, particularly non-executive ones, assumes greater significance. Do we still just rely on the old boy network (or should it be “old person” these days?) to find suit...