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Is a job in HR right for you?

Written by Kimberley Startup | July 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

HR JobsLooking back, even just a few years, it’s easy to see how the HR function has evolved, becoming a popular career choice for many of today’s aspiring professionals.

While back in the day it was deemed more of a back office support function, today, the rise of social media and the blurred lines between marketing & HR means there are more diverse & exciting career paths in human resources than ever before.

What’s more, according to the CIPD, the average salary for a graduate-level HR officer is c£24,000, along with ample opportunities for rapid progression and salary increases as you gain experience. Some HR officers with experience earn on average £30,000+. For more senior positions, such as HR Directors, you can earn anything from around £75,000 – £100,000.

But while that’s all great for someone who has a job, for those looking to get into HR, where exactly do you start?

Here are some of Webrecruit’s top tips to help you get a job in human resources.

1. As mentioned earlier, one of the more attractive traits about a career in HR is that there are so many different routes and paths within it. Do some research about the types of jobs out there and take advantage of the ensuing career options.

2. A career in HR is all about being professional, transparent and thought provoking. It’s about managing people and understanding what a business needs in order to gain competitive advantage. If you have or can develop these skills, the world is your oyster.

3. One of the best places to begin your search for an HR job is through your current employer. Ask for a chat with your boss and the HR team and express your desire to move into this sector. Ask for any advice about what you might need to pursue a career in this sector.

4. If the above isn’t possible or you work for a small company where no HR team is present, look for opportunities within your workplace to take on additional tasks that may help take you in the direction of a job in HR. For example, you could ask to help with payroll or schedule interviews should your company look to recruit.

5. Talk to successful HR professionals and ask for advice about getting into the field. Find out how they gained the experience to get a job in HR.

6. Networking is key when looking to find a job, and HR is no different. If you’re a member of LinkedIn (if not, you should be), start joining groups that are relevant to the field of HR and connect with influential and valuable HR contacts that could potentially help you find the job of your dreams.

7. Take careful consideration when writing your CV and ensure it is tailored to a career in human resources. Have a look at some HR jobs online and see what they role requires and the skills needed and then highlight these within your resume.

If you’re currently looking to develop a career in HR, hopefully these tips will help you in your search. As with anything, it will take some hard work and commitment, but if it’s the dream job you’re after, then it will be more than worth it.

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