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A few days ago I stumbled upon a link to a great video posted by SHRM titled “How to get HIRED — tips for HR pros looking for jobs.” While it is short (just 1:57), the video is very inspiring and helpful for those looking to advance their HR career. I have found that getting advice and insight from successful HR professionals, whether it be in person or through the media, can make a huge difference in your job search if you use and apply it correctly. While this video contains the contributions of several different HR Professionals, I was able to pick out a few common themes.

The first speaker on the video is Karen Rieck, a VP of HR. Ms. Rieck talks about the importance of continuing your education and developing yourself through certifications (PHR, SPHR, GPHR) and advanced schooling. I couldn’t agree more on the topic. By not furthering your education you will be falling behind those who are. Never let your skills become stagnant, especially those related to your field of interest. Human Resources is such a diverse and ever-changing career field; you must stay on top of your game. Ms. Rieck also mentions she looks for someone with an interest in the whole business and who “takes on challenges outside of HR.” Your knowledge and your experiences will not only give you the chance to develop your skills, but show your character and what you may have to offer the organization. I touched on this in my last post about transferable skills from previous experiences.

Brian Cox, an HR Operations Director, is the second contributor to the video. Like Ms. Rieck, he also acknowledges that he looks for a candidate with interest in continuously advancing their education. Another quality Mr. Cox recognizes as important for HR professionals is global experience, e.g. working for an international company or working abroad. So once again, we realize how important it is for us to keep learning and take on unique challenges. I believe experience is a part of learning, too. To create a diverse workplace, an organization needs diverse employees. If you have a distinguishing experience, such as working on an international scale, you will be more qualified to add to that diversity, as well as adapt to a new environment.

Although Kellie Dunn-Doggeman, HR Manager, had the shortest contribution to the video, her message was quite clear. In the modern business, globalization is very real and happening for more companies every day. Since interaction with foreign countries, people, and businesses is rapidly increasing, an organization will not only look for HR professionals with international experience, but multi-lingual skills as well. Despite the fact that English is the most prevalent language used in business, we cannot (and should not) always expect that other countries to conform to us. By showing respect and knowledge in other cultures, we have a greater chance for success.

The last speaker on the video is Lisa Kluczinsky, HR Manager. I liked her contribution because she mentioned what we all have heard and acknowledge as important, but what very few people actually do: research the job you are applying for and show your passion for the position. There are many ways of educating yourself, and researching companies is one of those ways. Hiring managers want to see not only your interest in HR, but your interest in the organization as well. Be prepared to answer questions, such as why you want to work for that particular company, and even why you want to work in HR. That extra step could be what pushes you ahead of the rest.

Overall, I believe there’s a lot we can take away from this video, but as I mentioned before, there are some common themes we need to take note of. A successful HR Professional continues developing themselves through education, certifications, global experience, and research. They take on challenges and are passionate about what they do. After watching this video, I feel a renewed confidence in my future as a Human Resources Professional and excitement for the experiences and opportunities a career in HR has to offer.

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I’ve just come across this article by Lin Grensing-Pophal on SHRM’s website about HR job seekers and what they need to do to ‘step up their game’ in today’s environment.

I think one reason the contemporary job market is so intimidating is due to the increased numbers of diverse and experienced candidates competing for the open positions. It’s easy to develop a “Why bother?” attitude after all your hard work revising your résumé, job searching, and applying and interviewing for positions fails to reap any rewards.

But don’t give up just yet. It’s possible the problem might be you don’t know what the company is looking for.

The article makes it quite clear that the HR field has been subject to changes over the recent years, notably leaning more and more in a business focused direction. Here’s where any business or customer service related experience would come in handy. Even the smallest connection could make a world of difference, if you can make it.

If you really don’t have any related experience, fear not, there may be hope for you yet.

The ability to create employee engagement and to manage change effectively are two additional skills that successful HR job seekers must have…

Maybe you have the ability to inspire and connect well with your fellow employees. (Here’s where your references would come in handy.) Perhaps you are extremely adaptable and flexible with the examples to prove it. Great! But is it enough? The author notes that these skills have transformed along with the HR field.

Creating employee engagement seems to have expanded to focus more closely on innovative approaches when it comes to increasing moral, productivity, and the business’ marketability. This, in turn, is where adaptability will come in handy, except now HR professionals will be responsible not only for their own transition, but aiding others through the passage as well. My advice? Do your best to highlight any leadership experience you’ve had, especially if it involves improving processes in the workplace. Also, if you can show how you would be capable of going through significant change, or have helped others during theirs, you might just get the step ahead you need.

Of course we can’t talk about the changing times if we don’t mention the biggest factor of them all: technology. Tracy McCarthy, senior vice president of HR at SilkRoad Technology in Chicago, is quoted in the article, reminding us that social media can put us job seekers ahead of the game (if we utilize the resources available), or put us at a disadvantage (if we don’t). It also had to be mentioned that we need to be bold and reach out to anyone who we might think can help us, and even if we think they can’t. That was a major step for me to take, as well. But what’s the worst that could happen? Nothing could happen. The best? You get a job.

The reason I wanted to share this article is because it gave me hope and confidence. I know I am capable of what companies are looking for, and with a clearer idea in mind, I am able to once again reevaluate my experiences and strengths to better showcase to my future employer what I would be contributing to the company and work environment to ensurethe right fit. If you have a more specific HR path

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in mind, I would suggest researching anything you can to prepare yourself for your future role, no matter how far in the future you might obtain it. I wish I had started sooner than I did. Once you have an idea of what skills are needed, you can get to work developing those skills or even focusing on building ones you may not have yet.

Your pertinent skills and dedication to the HR field are what might get you that job you’ve been looking for.

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