Wednesday, 05 November 2008

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A Big, Fat FAIL. there are days i feel like an absolute failure on the job... like when: i have to pick the phone and call a 3rd party recruiter for help a person i've hired is leaving the company for reasons we probably could have controlled someone i've hired is having performance/behavioral/attitude troubles half of my job is recruiting. the other half is a mish-mash of stuff - some training and development, some employee relations, some organizational development. and the upside of being more of a generalist? i can stay connected, intimately connected. once i bring someone in the door, i'm usually pretty in-tune with what's happening with their career and development. i know their ups and downs. and when it comes to them, or their boss, planning for their next step, i can be pretty involved as i know their background, their motivations, their strengths and their weaknesses. this is the ideal job model to me - talent acquisition pros should be involved in activities that affect retention and development because otherwise, you don't really see the big picture of your talent and organization. the downside? it's too easy to take things personally. when someone who i worked hard to hire isn't working out as expected and maybe we have to address some performance challenges, or maybe when someone decides to leave... i feel like i've personally done something wrong and that i've failed. i must have missed something during the selection process related to their values and motivations. or perhaps my...

jessica lee

a DC gal + employment manager for a global PR firm + part-time blogger for FistfulofTalent.

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