So, you finally landed that job in HR you have been working towards. Now what? HR is such a detailed job. Payroll, benefits, labor laws, employee relations issues…and the list goes on and on. What can you do to make your career rock and take it to the next level?
My initial thoughts are to be confident! Take control of your career and don’t be passive. And we all know I can never say this enough, but network, network, network! Twitter is a great resource for me when I want to join in an HR chat or just ask an HR question. @drivethruhr has a daily show that you can call in and join and also follow on Twitter. I learn something new from almost every radio program I hear. When I have an HR question for my fellow tweeps, I just use the hashtag #hr and almost always get a response.
You can also join your local and national SHRM organizations.
Lastly, I hit up some of the best HR people I know and here is what they had to say:
@new_resource says “take charge, ask for interesting projects, after 3 years find a new challenge. Complacency kills!”
“My 3 biggest things are: 1) knowing what to focus on, 2) what an HR person does on daily basis and 3) how HR proves its value says @tasinquefield
The advice that made me laugh the hardest and was also true was “Get a helmet!” from @NextJenHR. She also had this to say, “Working in HR will require you to make tough decisions that will impact someone’s life. You’ll be expected to coach managers, counsel employees, hire, fire, investigate, build programs and strategies, track leave and interpret policy. And the next morning, you’ll get up and do it all again. Educate yourself- on your industry and business. Read books, blogs and magazines. Study for the PHR. Get certified – no matter what anyone else says. Build yourself a network –locally and online. You will need it. Be the change, build structure and remember to laugh a lot. There will be plenty to laugh about. Enjoy the ride!”
Have fun and enjoy your new life in HR! It will be one hell of a time!