This week i’ve been on a talk show that is fast becoming a favourite. H.R.Happyhour which is organised by a host i admire, Steve Boese. The topic of conversation and debate, is HR Dead? I read a number of blogs this week commenting on the death of the job board. Despite the much reported demise they seem to be still around. The latest to join the nearly dead list are recruiters. It seems we are on our deathbed and close to demise. Seems we are due for the last rites any day now.

The point that strikes me is that the blogs, tweets, conversations and comments are mostly from the practitioners of those very professions. My feeling on this is cut the dramatics, put the onions away and stop crying. Recruiting, HR and Job Boards are alive and well. We need to constantly evolve how we work to adapt to the economy, technology, gen y, client and candidate perception among many other things, but change we will to grow in to something stronger.

The UK Recruitment market was worth £27billion last year, this year it will fall to a lowly £22billion! Thats the lowest its been for a whole 6 years! Not quite so dire!

My plea, stop talking down our industry. Get your heads together with other recruiting brains and look at how we can shape the changes needed to come out of the recession top of the pack. You can do that at The Recruiting Unconference London on November 19th.

The biggest public critics of the brand Recruiter, HR, Job Boarder etc are those within our great professions. Time to cut yourself some slack!

Your comments welcolmed!

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Comment by Hassan Rizwan on November 2, 2009 at 7:18am
I completely agree with Karen. In my opinion, HR becomes a little challenging in times of recession but can never loose significance. From the talent management standpoint, a talent is always there but either not utilized or not selected that fades the color of the economy as a whole. Identifying the right talent and making optimum use by proper management systems can revive any economy facing downturn.

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