Human resources is one of the fastest growing professions in the country—and with good reason. HR is the profession that sources and safeguards an organization’s most precious asset and competitive edge—its talent.
The human resources profession is a challenging and rewarding field that offers many opportunities for career growth and pathways to executive management and the C-suite. HR directs the strategies that drive employer branding initiatives and is front and center in Washington as Congress grapples with issues such as tax reform and paycheck fairness. US News & World Report projects that “the job outlook for human resources is very strong, as the market is expected to grow 21 percent by 2020.”
Transitioning to a career in human resources can be challenging, as most positions usually require at least some experience. The good news is that many candidates may already have functional HR experience from other positions that can be highlighted on a resume tailored for an HR position.
So what’s the best way to transition to a career in human resources?
For starters, the most important question to ask is: “Why do I want a career in HR?” The profession offers many avenues, and identifying your goals will help you channel your job search energies in the right direction.
Please join @WeKnowNext at 3 p.m. EST on May 14 for #Nextchat with special guest Matt Stollak (@akaBruno). We’ll be chatting about the best ways to prepare for - and transition to - a career in the HR profession.
Q1. If you are currently practicing HR, would you encourage others to join the HR profession? What are the pros and cons?
Q2. What are the largest obstacles to transitioning to a human resources career?
Q3. Is experience, a certification or a college HR degree more important for transitioning to HR? Why?
Q4. Which functions (legal, sales, PR, marketing, accounting, etc.) are well suited to transition to HR and why?
Q5. How can social media help the transition to a career in HR? What sites and activities do you recommend?
Q6. What types of networking events are most beneficial for professionals transitioning into the HR profession?
Q7. What education (classes/certificates) do you recommend for transition to the HR profession (in lieu of a new degree)?
Q8. What advice would you give someone who wants to transition to the HR profession?