It is often said that the most important assets for any business are the people who work there. As the pace of business increases and the pressure to perform starts to mount, it is unsurprising that many organisations are looking to focus more attention on their employees.
But where do you start? Very few small to medium sized businesses can afford to employ a specialist people leadership / human resources specialist. Nor do many businesses of any size employ a health and well-being specialist. How do you ensure that, when the time comes, you are able to recruit the right people to come and work in your organisation?
And as an individual, who do you turn to for advice on career planning and resume development?
The great news is that these are all services that are offered by Untypical People. Working with qualified and highly experienced associates, we are able to offer many of these people-focused services on an ad hoc or on-going basis.
"Lately, I have felt like I am just bobbing up and down in the same place at work. I enjoy what I do and get on well with my colleagues and everything, I just can't see myself doing this same job, this time next year.
When I told my friend that I was thinking about my next career move, she suggested that I talk to Untypical People sooner rather than later. It made good sense - I don't want to get to a place where I want to move on but haven't planned the next step."
"About twelve months ago, our leadership team announced that they were going to get us onto a Health & Well-Being program. Sure, some of us find it difficult to maintain a healthy diet and struggle to fit enough exercise into our busy lives, but I must say that I wondered whether it was really the company's problem to solve.
As it turned out, we started working with Untypical People and the difference has been noticeable. Starting off with a body composition analysis scan and a discussion with their exercise scientist, most people at work seem to have taken advantage of the program. Having the scan results and the professional advice has certainly made me focus more on my well-being. I am walking more often, have lost a few kilograms and feel like I've got more energy"
"During the past six months or so, we have been focusing on building our medium sized business within our local area but also exploring new regions in other parts of Australia. To be honest, I'm really started to feel the pinch - things that I should be doing as a people leader are just being pushed down the priority list.
I am really keen to start putting the right emphasis and priority on our people leadership - looking at the way that we work with our people, reviewing position descriptions, looking at our existing employment contracts and remuneration policies. I'm just not sure how I am going to manage the extra work."
"I manage the recruitment activities for a large company and, for years, we have been trying to find someone who recruits with our needs in mind, not theirs. It seems that some recruiters are just trying to place anyone into our roles so that they can move onto their next assignment.
We want candidates that match OUR requirements – that can’t be too hard, can it?"
"I have just found out that my contract position is coming to a close in six weeks time. My resume is at least four years old and really needs to be modified to reflect what I have done in my last two roles. Last time I was looking for a role, a couple of recruiters told me that my resume needed an overhaul - I can only imagine what they would say now.
Having spoken to a few friends that have just been through the process of finding a new job, I am confused about what to include, what to leave out, how to present the information - I just wish I could find someone who will give me contemporary advice about how to write a resume."