10 Steps to Becoming an HR Professional
Do you have what it takes to break into Human Resources?
March 01, 2010
Considering HR? Your timing is great. Human resources is transforming itself. Once widely viewed as mere tacticians, paper pushers, or in-office enforcers, today’s HR professionals are increasingly seen as integral to their companies’ business success. This growing strategic role means HR now has a place at the table where real business decisions are made, and that offers unprecedented opportunities for those entering the field.
Not only is HR’s stature growing; so are the job opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of HR professions in the U.S. will rise faster than the national average over the next 10 years. So while no position is completely recession-proof, HR is well positioned to ride out most economic turbulence.
But there’s an even better reason to hop aboard the HR bandwagon: The work is rewarding and interesting. Human resources spans multiple disciplines and requires you to blend an understanding of human behavior with practical hands-on tasks and hard-core business basics. For the right type of person, that kind of challenge can be irresistible.
As with any growing and desirable field, the competition to land a job can be intense. That means you’ll need a strategy for getting into human resources. HRPeople’s 10-Step Guide to Becoming an HR Professional will help you develop one.
Step 1: Learn About Human Resources
Step 2: Is HR Right For You?
Step 3: Research HR Careers
Step 4: Consider an HR Education
Step 5: Get Into an HR Program
Step 6: Research Industry Trends
Step 7: Consider HR Certification
Step 8: Expand Your Network
Step 9: Get Hired!
Step 10: Continue Learning