today actually (non-recruiting related, this one is for a national writers group), and a key reason I'm attending this year is because it's in New York City, which is just a few hours away from Boston and there's loads to do there. I skipped last year, but went the year before that because it was in San Francisco and I'd always wanted to visit that part of the country (and take a detour through Sonoma and Napa of course).
I really wanted to go to Fordyce this year, and a big part of that was because it was in Vegas. I love Vegas, it has the feel of an Adult's Disney World. Even if you don't gamble (and I admit, I love playing a little black jack), there's still plenty of sightseeing and it's fun to play tourist there. It's also an inexpensive trip as rooms are very reasonable (because they want you spending money in the casinos) and there's loads of great food options. Last time I went there, I actually tagged along with a friend who was going to a business conference and we had a ball, and saw the amazing Siegfriend and Roy white tiger show (about a month or so before one of the tigers attacked and the show shut down).There's something for everyone in Vegas, which is why I think it's so appealing for conferences.…
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Based in West London you will join a small central team, including the CEO for UK and Ireland. In this newly created role you will support the UK HR Director, working on UK wide projects and initiatives.
This is an exciting role that will require an HR Manager with excellent stakeholder management skills that can build cross-functional relationships in a matrixed environment. Strong influencing skills are critical to collaborate with senior leadership across the subsidiaries and gain buy-in for specific UK wide initiatives.
HR Manager key responsibilities will include:
Working on people initiatives in order to implement the wider people strategy for RATP Dev UK.
Providing HR information to business development teams for bid and tender documents.
Liaising with RATP Dev group in France and co-ordinating the UK response to group HR initiatives, including managing any subsequent implementation plans in collaboration with subsidiaries.
Managing the recruitment process for roles in RATP Dev UK corporate team, the Shared Service Centre and for senior level posts within UK subsidiaries.
Coordinating the RATP Dev UK wide graduate programme at group level
Management of UK employee data and regular reporting on HR statistics to Group Senior Management.
Act as the hub to share information, knowledge and expertise across the subsidiaries and the local HR teams.
Provide generalist HR and policy advice to senior business managers, mainly in those subsidiaries without a dedicated HR function.
The Successful Applicant
Broad HR experience in a project based, consultancy or corporate HR role, preferably with a background in commercially focused organisations.
Sound generalist knowledge and the ability to adapt 'best practice' to suit organisational processes and values.
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Able to establish professional credibility, trust and command respect from HR colleagues, business managers, external stakeholders and suppliers.
Experience of the provision of HR information for bid and tender submission including an awareness of the commercial implications of TUPE is desirable.
Pragmatic, sensible and able to assess business risks in relation to HR issues.
MCIPD qualified / degree desirable
What's on Offer
£45,000 - £50,000 basic salary + standard benefits
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ctually been anxious about going to Florida, not sure why, just an unknown dread that lurked; I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I soon found out why when we exited the airport and were hit with 98% humidity and bugs the size of my fist. I was glad we were going to be staying at the hotel where the conference was to be held, there would be no confrontations with horrendous humidity as we went back and forth from hotel to conference. And there would be no sightseeing, straight work. Exhibiting and networking.
Working in recruiting had been a dream come true for me. I love the industry, I love the people, and I love the job, itself. And working in healthcare was a perfect fit for me. I was eager to do well, and constantly concerned about the “sales” side of the job. I didn’t want to be thought of as slick, insincere, or uncaring. I, literally, needed my clients and candidates to know of my earnestness and my desire to help, not just seek a paycheck. Manning a booth gave me that opportunity, pre-social media, to meet potential clients and give them the straight in the eye shot, trust-building handshakes and invitations to dinner or future conversations.
Sadly, Florida in July – when kids are out of school – is a bad place and time to host a conference. Disneyworld was close by and many attendees brought family members along; time spent cruising the exhibit hall was far less preferable than time spent at the happiest place on earth. And sadly, the lack of attention to the Exhibit Hall proved lack of forethought and insight into the HR mind. When selecting conferences to attend or at which to exhibit, the success of this type of networking definitely depends upon the place and time; not so much how big your booth is or how many pre-conference marketing mailers were sent.
Today, I sit in a hotel room in downtown Las Vegas, preparing to attend the SHRM 2011 Conference. It is about a thousand degrees outside, the Convention Center is off the Strip and I wonder about attendance. Will attendees be sidetracked by bright lights, boozing, and gambling? Will relationships be established and cemented despite the clanging bells of slot machines and lure of an open craps table? Will social media still be the most talked about aspect of or tool for HR and Recruiting? What will be the newest hot topic? Still mobile, location, or the ever popular authenticity?
Conferences still work for this industry, because the industry is still, ultimately, managed by real live people. While we can automate almost every aspect of our jobs, final decisions must still be made by a human mind. Some might site this as a good thing; I am happy to be part of that “some”.
but very primitive. There was not a lot of commerce and really the only things to do were to cruise around the island by scooter, swim/snorkel in the lagoons, and, well..., sightsee. It was incredibly peaceful but also a time to reflect about my own, privileged life until this point. And, indeed, my life has been privileged.
I never thought about the fact that clean, running water was a privilege, or that air conditioning or a clothing dryer were advantages. But they were. So much I have taken for granted in my life, including my ability to freely communicate by landline or even the last twelve years by cell phone. No such luck on a remote and primitive island. I also learned about the coconut wireless, which is, basically, the same thing as island "gossip." I guess it's everywhere...
Every day, we would scooter past several properties with downed coconuts. One, in particular, had the same coconut on its border that had been pecked through to the sweet coconut meat. And every morning, the same fat, red hen could be seen with her head buried deep in that same maple-colored coconut. I would laugh as we passed but wondered what kept the chicken coming back, she had to sledge through swamp-like conditions and beat all the other hens. And yet, she managed.
When the opportunity is sweet enough, when the potential good results outweigh the potential bad ones, perhaps the darkness of a coconut shell will not break nor tarnish the tenacity of a chicken on a mission.
It's called work for a reason.
Work isn't always easy, nor does it always represent or bring the posh and privileged life. But here's the thing, it's called work for a reason. And the result? The satisfaction? Knowing you have given your all, knowing you did your best? I know that not everyone will agree with that. Satisfaction comes from knowing you did THE best, not just your best. The satisfaction comes from knowing success superseded failure. Your mission - your task - was accomplished. Maybe not to the fullest extent, but to the best of your own, personal ability.
And isn't that the best you can do?
Life's battles don't always go To the stronger or faster man, But sooner or later the man who wins Is the man who thinks he can.