HR Leaders: Why You Can’t Find Great HR People To Hire — And What To Do About It.

by Alan Collins

An HR leader recently questioned a well-known executive recruiter:

“Why can’t we find great HR people to hire?”

The recruiter’s response:

-“Your firm’s HR reputation was ruined by how you handled covid.”

-“You look for HR degrees and certifications, instead of results.”

-“You only interview younger HR candidates, not older ones.”

-“You evaluated an HR resume instead of meeting a human.”

-“You look for experience instead of potential.”

-“You take employment gaps too seriously.”

Their point:

“Great HR people to hire are everywhere
…all you have to do is remove your bias,
and look for imperfect humans,
who can do an amazing job 
if you give them a chance.

My key question for you:

As an HR leader, have you removed
your bias and widened your net?

Just asking for a friend.



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About the Author: Alan Collins is Founder of Success in HR, Inc. and the author of a variety of best selling HR books on career advancement including the New HR Leader’s First 100 Days.  He was formerly Vice President – Human Resources at PepsiCo where he led HR initiatives for their Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses.

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One Response to “HR Leaders: Why You Can’t Find Great HR People To Hire — And What To Do About It.”

  1. Veronica Glover Says:

    Gaming companies in Gibraltar,gi fail on recruiting local HR talent for many of the reasons given by the Recruiter above.

    You find gaming companies in Gibraltar tend to have a high turnover of employees and an unsettling amount of Employment Tribunals.