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Four Secrets About Human Resources Departments

Ever wonder what really goes on inside the hallowed halls of human resources? According to a piece by Alison Green on U.S. News & World Report, there are a few things employees and job seekers alike should keep in mind.

1. HR isn’t there to be your advocate. Their goal? Serve the business needs. The former chief of staff at a nonprofit writes, “Now, in some cases, that means advocate for employees against bad managers, because it’s in the best interests of employers to retain great employees, identify and address bad management and stop legal problems before they explode. But plenty of other times, what’s best for the employer will not be what’s best for the employee, and the best interests of the employer will always win out. That’s not cynicism; that’s simply what HR’s mission is.”

2. HR isn’t obligated to keep what you tell them confidential, even if you request their discretion. If you think what you’re disclosing is confidential such as mentioning your boss is harassing your team, that confidential information needs to be shared in order to address an issue. Actually, if human resources representatives had relevant information and ignored it, they would be negligent. Can you still talk to HR in confidence? Yes but keep in mind they may need to report certain findings and escalate it depending on the nature of the conversation. Read more

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New Lifetime Drama, ‘HR’, Will Reveal Inner Workings of Human Resources

Ah, human capital management (the fancy term for HR folks at some companies). Human resources. Hiring and firing, performance management and salary reviews. It’s what dramas are made of! (And no, we’re not kidding.)

Hollywood certainly agrees. According to Deadline, Alicia Silverstone’s been cast as the lead in a pilot for an upcoming human resources drama on Lifetime. She’ll star as a tightly wound HR director at a global company who previously drank the corporate Kool-Aid. That is, that’s before she experienced a head injury.

Well, she’ll throw it all out the window after the injury and aim to inspire the business to reach higher and altered goals.

So the question is, will you tune in?

HR Pro Sharon Jautz on The New Rules of Interviewing for a Job

JENNIFER PULLINGER

sj_mjd.jpg Sharon Jautz, director of human resources at Asset International, has more than a quarter century of HR experience in the media industry, but those media jobs have changed since she first started out — and so has the job interview game. Ahead of her talk on career management at Mediabistro Career Circus August 4, she tells writer Jennifer Pullinger what the new rules are for interviewing for a media job in today’s hiring environment.

“Market yourself in terms of your accomplishments rather than making your resume look like you’re a newspaper guy or a video guy. You need to market yourself in this economy as a media guy. [For example,] ‘I know Final Cut Pro. I know this content management system. I know breaking news. I know how to write feature stories, I know how to edit. I’ve managed freelancers…’ I’m looking for skill sets as opposed to background and experience.”

Sharon Jautz shares tips on managing your media career in her upcoming panel discussion at Mediabistro Career Circus on August 4 in New York.

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