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Susan Fourtané
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Re: You need people with the Right Balance and Viewpoints
Susan Fourtané   7/28/2014 3:01:20 AM
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Ashish, 

So many things are being currently abused in this world that abusing one the cross-functional experience term seems to be something normal. Maybe I am not too positive today. :( But just look at the state of the world. I don't even want to look out there. 

Learning is, or should be a life-long commitment no matter what skills are we talking about. 

-Susan

 

tech4people
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tech4people   7/28/2014 2:41:54 AM
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Hailey,

Startups can be really a lot of fun if you are there for the right reasons !!!

It for sure beats the Staid Business Practices of MNCs who have been around for ages and establish practically Zero Connect with Employees in practice.

Learning is absolutely the key to getting things done effectively for the future.

Regards

Ashish.

 

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tech4people   7/28/2014 2:34:34 AM
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Susan,

Cross-functional experience is something which is a much abused term today (atleast on CVs) when in reality very few actually have the Quality Experience which is so-so essential here in this vital Space-Supply Chain .

Learning about the Invisible Skills is a massive No-Brainer when you are recruiting someone for such a Vital Job Position.

 

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Susan Fourtané   7/1/2014 7:35:29 AM
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Ashish, 

That's right. Both global and cross-functional experience as well as dynamism and willingness to try and learn new things are fundamental at the time of hiring a new employee.

Even learning more about what the prospect employee would be willing to achieve, about the "invisible" skills, or character which are not written in the resumé can be more helpful to the company than a degree that was earned when the person was not yet mature enough. 

-Susan

Hailey Lynne McKeefry
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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   6/30/2014 12:24:38 PM
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@Tech4People, that's good advice. My first job was with a small startup magazine--and there was no time to worry about hierarchy. Stuff needed to get done, and if you are wiling to jump in and do it, they let you. I learned a lot. And made a few mistakes. It was really invaluable.

tech4people
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tech4people   6/30/2014 11:18:28 AM
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Hailey,

That's why I always recommend any Newbie just starting out with their Career to first work in an SMB(rather a Large Sized MNC) where they often get lost.

Forget about chances to really learn and do anything to stand out;Its a massive Ocean in which you get lost and almost always have to resort to Pschyopacy to get ahead.

 

Hailey Lynne McKeefry
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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   6/24/2014 4:39:55 PM
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@Tech4People. I agree. Although its a little counterintuiative, the reality is that smaller organizatoins need to get things done and often don't have all the in-house expertise. For those willing to jump in and learn, it can creat great opportunities.

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Re: You need people with the Right Balance and Viewpoints
tech4people   6/23/2014 11:12:11 AM
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Wale,

Not just folks with the Right Skill-Sets but also Folks who are hungry and Willing to learn.

They should be flexible and not be set in their ways.

If they are Hungry,Humble  and willing to learn then the majority of your Problems are solved straightaway(as an Employer).

This is where the Maximum Skill of an HR Person comes into play.

 

tech4people
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Re: You need people with the Right Balance and Viewpoints
tech4people   6/23/2014 11:06:32 AM
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Hailey,

It all depends.

If you are in one of those Mega-MNCs which have thousands of Employees Globally;the chances of Getting Cross-Functional Experience are actually less[I am seeing from my personal experience here];In contrast if you work for much smaller SMBs or Medium to Large Enterprises which are always stretched for Help/Labor(& can't really afford to always hire staff even on a short-term basis) then its much easier for you to find Cross-Functional Learning Oppurtunities there.

After all,in such Firms,the Manager/Owner is usally just concerned with getting the work done(as quickly as possible and at lowest cost);they don't really care who does it or whether that person is Certified in So and So Degree and Certification.

 

Hailey Lynne McKeefry
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Re: You need people with the Right Balance and Viewpoints
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   6/9/2014 7:28:14 PM
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@Tech4People, do you see organizations giving employees the opportunity to get cross-functional experience? I often see people being siloed into their jobs with little chance to learn new areas.

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