- Would the private sector want me?
Iam a personnel manager with 15 years HR experience in local government and havedealt with a wide range of issues including pay negotiations, IR, Tupe, bestvalue and recruitment. I want to broaden my horizons and am contemplating amove to the private sector. Is this a realistic ambition? Will my experience inthe public sector to be of interest in the new sector? What can I do to marketmy skills to prospective employers?AllisonSheard, consultant at Chiumento Consulting Group writes:Amove to the private sector is difficult but not impossible, though it will be amatter of planning the right approach. It is obvious that your experienceincludes elements that apply equally to both sectors and any application thatyou make needs to highlight your transferable skills and experience. In orderto get a better understanding of what these are, network with friends andcolleagues in the private sector. This will give you a better understanding, aswell as demonstrating your commitment to changing sectors. Onceyou are aware of your transferable skills, highlight them in your CV. Then planhow best to get these facts across when talking to prospective employers. Self-marketing to companies directly, or through contacts is going to be key. Doingso also says something about your drive and initiative. This may prove moreeffective than reliance on advertisements or recruitment consultants. You couldalso consider targeting private companies that were once publicly owned and whotherefore might share a common ethos.MargaretMalpas, joint managing director, Malpas Flexible Learning writes:Abroad range of experience coupled with significant skills is always of interestto employers. What I think you need to do is to develop a really good CV whichdoes your experience justice. Try developing a draft and run it past a trustedfriend in the personnel profession.Interms of transferring to the private sector, you need to think ahead about thelikely cultural changes you will need to make. This will stand you in goodstead for any interviews too. The principal change to think about is that localgovernment’s primary aim is to provide services whereas the privatesector’s goal is to make a profit (though potentially also through providingservices) These differences in goals have significant consequences for theculture of the organisations and this is what I would encourage you to reflectupon.Goodluck and go for it! Previous Article Next Article Would the private sector want me?On 10 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
- New method helps Vermonters improve local internet accesibility
New method helps Vermonters improve local internet accessibilityThe Vermont Telecommunications Authority has launched a mechanism that allows Vermonters to help cover wireless access for their neighborhoods. Available on the VTA website (http://www.telecomVT.org(link is external)), residents can sign up to offer their property silo, top of their barn, roof of their home or office, hilltop, and church steeple to an internet or service provider. Several farmers have already signed up and are offering use of their silos, and the Legislature has listed all of Vermonts public properties. Each site must match and maintain certain criteria, which is available in detail on the companys website. Once registered, an interested service provider will contact the lister directly to organize details. The sites can be offered for free, as public service, or for a lease fee. The new initiative is expected to dramatically increase internet access across the state.