Jack Feeney, the Irish author of In Search of Competence, obviously doesn't believe that his search will be successful.
This book is entertaining, clever and well written. It is clear and concise in its explanation of the technicalities of human resources management and recruitment.
This book is entertaining, clever and well written. It is clear and concise in its explanation of the technicalities of human resources management and recruitment. However, it has a jaundiced, black Irish view of the language and denizens of the world of Human Resource Management.
One very substantial plus in the book is the inclusion of a comprehensive and plain English dictionary of HR and recruitment jargon that, like Irish jokes, seems to be endless and incomprehensible.
The alphabetical structure of the chapter headings is a novel approach that manages to cover a lot of content in a relatively short book.
In essence, In Search of Competence is useful as a guide to a lot of human resource and recruitment practices that are meaningless at best and dishonest at worst. The author is an articulate critic but his fundamental thesis that all Human Resource managers and recruiters are lying incompetents is wrong. A whiff of envy and more than jot of jealousy distracts the reader from the real positives that can be found in the book. HCA