With the second ConnectingHR unconference this week, I am hoping this post might make the pre-event blog carnival – [update, it is now in the carnival :-)]. The event is titled People strategies in a social world.

My contribution is a follow-up to a post I put together in February. That post looked at 10 social media manager job profiles to see what such jobs were looking for in terms of skills. I presented all 10 job descriptions in a tag cloud – the size of word is based on frequency, so the more it is mentioned the bigger it is.

OK, so what’s the connection with HR? Well, Thursday’s event will be looking at all things social and how HR is and can help businesses transform themselves into more social organisations.

So, if that’s the way things are developing I thought I would look at the job descriptions of 10 advertised HR manager roles to see if they reflect the types of changes we will be discussing – see the tag cloud above.

The answer is business as usual in terms of the job descriptions. I know this is in no way a scientific approach but job descriptions do reflect what employers are looking for and if I take these ads at face value I’d say the social agenda is a long way from becoming a reality for most organisations.

These are the jobs that I looked at:

HR manager London
HR manager Home Counties
HR manager London
HR manager London
HR manager
HR manager
HR manager
HR manager
HR manager
HR manager