I decided to allow myself a great end-of-year present (and probably an even better start in year 2022). For the past years, I’ve always had the opportunity to pursue a mentoring arrangement with one or two young professionals in the field of HR. Every experience has been different, but all have been characterized by an important aspect: I grew richer in the process of mentoring probably more than the value I gave to the young professional.
Recently I’ve been pondering how important is to help crafting new HR mindsets. For this reason, this time I have decided to make the process a bit more “professional”. Instead of just focusing on the usual referral process of my network, I have published a “Job Posting” on LinkedIn to collect candidatures, to which I will follow with a formal interview to the identified shortlist and start the process at the beginning of next year.
Note: The application process is now closed. Thanks to all of those that have applied. See below some updates of the next steps.
please only use the LinkedIn Job posting for application. I will not process applications received from different channels. Thank you!
I will collect applications through LinkedIn up until after Christmas
or so (also depending on the amount of candidatures received). People that have not sent in their Motivation Note or CV will be invited to do so with a short deadline. I will then select a shortlist based mainly on the objective set up in the application, the profile, and a preliminary interview I will be setting up at the beginning of the year 2022.
A few elements to consider:
UPDATE December 28th: I have closed the Application Process on LinkedIn this morning. A total of 245 applications have been submitted. I have started reviewing the applications based on the sorting questions used on LinkedIn directly. Due to the high number of candidatures, I’ve had to apply strict criteria for the first pass of analysis.
Rejections: I’ve rejected, so far, 66 people because they did not match the minimum requirements of having a minimum of 2 years of experience in HR. I’ve checked each CV, not trusting only the answers given, and have also considered also non continuous experience.
I’ve also rejected all candidates with more than 15 years of HR experience. As I had written, the goal is to support young professionals with their development. I’m sure there’s opportunities for peer coaching though, and will get in touch with some of you at a later stage.
Next Steps: all the candidates that have fitting profiles will be asked to fill-in a short questionnaire to check motivation and objectives. This will allow to be more discerning in the next step of the selection process. The questionnaire will go out as soon as I have finished to check all the applications.
This is not your traditional job offer. As an eclectic “knowledge nomad”, always active in the field of expanding knowledge and curiosity in the fields of Human Resources, every year I offer my support to 1 or 2 young professionals in this field through an Informal Mentorship opportunity.
What I will offer:
The program will be completely free for selected candidates. The process can run both in Italian and in English.
In order to be successfully considered for this process, please apply directly through LinkedIn sending through an updated CV and a short motivation letter stating the key professional objective you would like to achieve by participating in such a mentoring program, and what your contribution to the program will be.
Interesting candidates will be invited to a short video interview before final choice.
Note: this project is provided outside my current professional commitments and relationship with my employer. It is provided fully pro-bono. I do not guarantee any successful job application, nor specific career advice or guidance, nor internships, or any other contractual engagement.
Have you been selected? Well done! This means that from now on you will set the objective and take care of the pace of the different sessions.
Each session of the Mentoring Program will last typically 1-1,5 hour, and there will be 6 to 8 sessions on average. My availability varies, so, unfortunately, last minute changes will always be possible. But I will try to do the best to make sure I adhere to the schedule.
One last notice: I’m very specific about this being a mentoring project and not a coaching initiative. The reason is that I will address mainly knowledge, skills, tools, methods you need to pursue your career goals. I will not give you advice on the goals themselves. This is one more reason why well-formed goal is critical for me as a selection criterion.
Are you interested to take this challenge? Then feel free to apply on the LinkedIn Job Page.
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