Why it’s important to prove your commerciality
A CV that doesn’t speak numbers or a candidate that can’t discuss commercial details in an interview won’t grab the attention of a hiring manager. In a competitive market HR professionals must work to show they have good business acumen and commercial understanding.
Businesses are developing the way HR departments function, and their impact needs to directly affect the organisation’s metrics. Not only do you need to prove to a prospective employer that you have the skills required to make a tangible difference to their organisation, you must also stand out from the crowd of other candidates.
In order to add value to an organisation (for example: reducing spend and adding value to the bottom line), you’ll need to show you have more than traditional HR skills. Showing strong commercial knowledge and expertise about the organisations you’ve worked for and the industries they operate in is essential. Your perspective on how HR strategies can be used to deliver on an organisation’s short, medium and long-term objectives is crucial to demonstrate too.
There are many employers who now feel that HR of the future will be far more strategic and more involved with business objectives. If you don’t possess commercial HR skills, now is a good time to expand this side of your expertise.