HR tips - so you think you want to get into HR as a career?

HR tips - so you think you want to get into HR as a career?

HR tips - so you think you want to get into HR as a career?

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So you've been thinking about it.  Really?  You want to get into HR as a career.  Well, good for you.  Maybe you can follow in my footsteps!  I am a full time HR Director so I can share with you some of the basic things I had to know and honestly, accept, to get to where I am today.

  1. HR is setting the standard.  If you are tattooed or pierced, know now that is fine for who you are as a person but not as an HR representative.  Be ready at the time of interview to cover up whatever it is you have and be what the employee handbook and dress code policies outline.  You are going to have to lead by example for everyone else at that organization.
  2. Be professional.  No gum chewing, no slang.  Be serious, you need to want it. 
  3. Know the basics because if you don't it is a lot to teach someone (especially in California). 
    1. Recruitment
    2. Compensation
    3. Leaves of absence
    4. Benefits administration
    5. Policies and procedures
    6. State and federal laws
    7. Payroll
    8. Worker's compensation
    9. Good communication skills - verbally and writing
    10. Have thick skin
  4. Have thick skin?  Yes.  Most likely the HR that came before you was hated as much, if not more than Toby on The Office.  You are going to have to find a way to do your job well, and figure out how to have them love you so much that they hate you.
  5. Have thick skin part II.  Yes.  People are going to come and share their deepest darkest secrets and or personal problems.  Be prepared to feel like a therapist, even if you are literally only listening to them as their safe place.  It can be difficult to separate your feelings, as well as leave that in your office when you leave and not take it home with you.
  6. You're not at work to make friends.  You are going to hear and know things that NO ONE else can know.  If you can't keep your best friend's secret, then this isn't the gig for you.  The time may come when someone very close to you at work is going to get fired.  By you. 
  7. You need to know how to prioritize.  HR is one of the few departments in any organization that is lucky enough (you can take that literally or sarcastically) to cater to everyone.  The most interesting part is, every single person is their own most important problem and they want you to make it their top priority.  Meanwhile, you're juggling recruiting, onboarding, reports, deadlines, presentations... and this person wants you to help explain the pay code on their check from three months ago.
  8. Get educated.  If you plan on going far, you will need at least a Bachelors degree to make it half way there.  Be willing to continue your education if you want to keep growing.  At a minimum going to seminars, webinars, or participating in networks such as SHRM even if you aren't going to get certified by them. 
  9. Find your niche.  While HR Generalist's tend to make it the furthest because they can better manage all of the aspects of an HR department, you can also find your niche.  Think of those organizations where people are lining up out of the door to get in.  Part of that is because of programs that HR has put into place. 
  10. Start researching.  Think about the type of HR person you want to be.  If you don't know, then the reality is you may end up being a paper pusher and or paper scanner for the rest of eternity. 

Regardless of the career you have to take the initiative to be passionate and show your passion, all while doing an amazing job so that hard work can be recognized appropriately. 

If you have questions - feel free to ask in the comments. 

I plan on writing an HR related post every week, so I hope you find those helpful as well even if you aren't in HR. 

JULY 29 = #NationalLipstickDay xoxox

JULY 29 = #NationalLipstickDay xoxox

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