Are You Redundant? Human Resources Might Say YES!


If a job search wasn’t stressful enough, now you need to worry about human resources seeing your job as redundant in the next few years!

The time to prepare and develop your skills is NOW!

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In a survey by management consulting firm Zinnov, human resources professionals accept as much as one-quarter of their current talent will become redundant in 3-5 years.

On the other hand, specialized skill sets in creative occupations like User Experience and Mobility will see an increase in demand.

In the United States, hiring for innovation will be a primary concern for many organizations looking to expand. Companies in India and China should expect to see only marginal successes.

Human Resources: Free live ovation demoOrganizations in the Silicon Valley continue to be the place for innovation, with 80 percent of respondents indicating the hiring will grow most in this region.

In addition, 36 percent say their innovation would be driven in the Valley, as well as other U.S. cities such as Seattle, Maryland, Dallas and Boston. These cities will make up 18 percent of new hiring.

India ranked third as the area with the most innovation. Organizations revealed 15 percent of all innovation is expected out of India.

People working with Big Data and designers that specialize in user experience will be most in demand, followed by mobile application developers, cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service experts.

These are new skills, titles that were non-existent only a few years ago. Companies also need to develop soft skills across all levels and functions.

The Zinnov study found that organizations will continue to seek talent these areas of:

  • Engineering (50 percent of respondents say that it is among the best 3 skills)
  • Analytics skills (40 percent) in areas like Big Data, Predictive Modelling, HR Analytics
  • Mobility (32 percent)

This suggests a priority facing companies are niche hiring and skill set assessment. Half of all respondents suggest that these two should be areas for human resources in 2013.

Developing statistical teams within human resources departments can reduce challenges around skill set assessment, workforce planning  and Big Data analysis. Unfortunately, the majority of organizations do not have such resources, with only 20 percent will focus on it for 2013.

Key results of the Zinnov survey after the jump…

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Human Resources, Accountants: 4 Hot Jobs for 2013


From human resources to accountants, some rewarding careers are expected to increase in 2013.

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With unemployment hovering around 7.8 percent, more individuals are thinking about making a career change. The best job search strategy is to acquire skills to match the careers most in-demand.

Although downsizing continues to threaten a large number of businesses, some industries are showing strong growth. For 2013, there are some careers to consider, especially if you need job security and a (somewhat) normal life.

Four careers to follow in 2013:

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Crystal Ball Time! Top HR Trends for 2013


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With the rise of cloud-computing, social media, Big Data and mobile, few corporate departments will start the New Year unchanged.

The biggest trends in Human Resources software over the past year will continue to have an impact throughout 2013.

When you consider that the 2012 HR Technology Conference had the highest attendance in the 15-year history of the event, it is more than obvious that HR departments will be become prominent in shaping business strategy, using innovation and technology on the way.

With the focus on technology, here are the top five HR trends to expect for the coming year:

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Big Data and HR: A New Way to Do Business


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Big Data is changing the way business deals with employees—and it is more than just money.

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Deputy Editor Steve Rosenbush discusses how cloud-computing is changing the face of business. Nowhere is this info revolution more apparent than in Human Resources. Corporations are increasingly looking to massive data sets to learn how to engage workers. Continue reading “Big Data and HR: A New Way to Do Business”