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Is it easy to find jobs in human resources

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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Kendria,

Human Resources is a broad field. The answer to your question is more about what you want to do in Human Resources. A lot of HR is around hiring people, training people, helping people move through their careers, etc. And then a second element to consider what kind of industry do you want to support. HR for an automotive company would be different than a medical facility. So you should consider what industry you want to support. That is the gift of being in HR, you can work in just about any field.

Gloria
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Cindy R.’s Answer

Hi Kendria,


I have worked in the human resources field for 20 years and have truly enjoyed it as it allows me to do what I enjoy most, which is helping others. In my opinion, I do not think that it is difficult to find jobs in human resources. However, it does take some amount of effort to get a job in human resources.


When I decided on human resources as my career path, I found it very challenging to actually get a job because they all required either a degree or experience. I had neither and quickly realized that if I wanted to work in human resources, I needed a plan.


If you are interested and are considering a career/job in human resources, I highly recommend that you begin to do some research and develop a plan of action. Some key steps to get you started are listed in the "Next Steps" section.


Good Luck!


Cindy R. recommends the following next steps:

Do your research on the industry as human resources is a huge field with various specialties (benefits administration, recruiting, employee relations, etc.). Some people choose to specialize in a specific area and others prefer to be what is called a Human Resources Generalist where you do all of it. One of the best ways to start your research is merely looking at job ads found on some of your job search sites (Monster, Career Builder, Linkedin, SHRM, etc.) to find out what companies are looking for. I also suggest doing some occupation research on sites such as ONet (www.onetonline.org) and also Salary.com.
Consider doing job shadowing and/or interviews with someone in working in human resources to learn more about the field.
Consider working with your school's career counselor to learn more about your interests and career exploration.
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Breanna’s Answer

Hi Kendria! I have been in the HR field for about 4 years now. I agree with both Cindy and Lillian. It is not difficult to find. I would say if you are interested in the HR field, I would try to get an entry level role to gain some experience. Once you are in, I would recommend to either get some type of certification (example: PHR, SPHR, to name a few) or you could go back and get a degree in Human Resources. It's all up to you and your journey. I thoroughly enjoy my work and my day to day. Interacting with my staff, being able to provide a service and help them any way that I can (Scheduling, benefits, policy information, evaluations, etc.) I hope this helps you and Good luck in your journey! :-)
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Joey’s Answer

Hi Kendria,

I absolutely agree with the answers above! I'm also starting my career in human resources and in regards if it's easy to find a job in the market. I must say it's about the same as any other industry that you are going into. The benefit of Human Resources is that there are many functions that you can look into.
1. HR Business Advisor/ similar to generalist.
2. HR Operations team
3. HR Talent Management
4. HR Talent Acquisition
5. HR Compensation specialist
Hence, I am sure you will find something that you enjoy in HR. While you may have your degree in HR, the easiest method is to start by internship. This way you get to explore if you enjoy working in the department and if you do it is the easiest way to get converted full time.
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Pleshette’s Answer

Not hard. Start out interning. Easiest way to get your foot in the door.
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Michelle’s Answer

Yes, I agree with everyone else. Do your research and internship will help you because you will learn and gain experience. Definitely getting certified is a plus! I see so many listings for Human Resources Generalist. Most companies do want candidates have either a certain amount of years of experience, or a bachelor’s degree in Business Management or Human Resources.
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Lillian’s Answer

Hi Kendria, I'm not sure what you mean by "easy," but it's not a long or difficult career path. You generally need an Associates or Bachelors degree in something like Human Resources, Communications, Business Administration, etc. Honestly, your major could be practically anything as long as you find internships and/or previous work experiences that are relevant to Human Resources. You can talk to your school's career counselor to find out more about opportunities near you.

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Rayna’s Answer

Hey Kendria!

There is no "easy" way to find a job in anything. I think Human Resources is a constant learning experience and getting there can be a challenge. Some have found it beneficial to receive a certification in Human Resources to excel in the business, but I don't think it is necessary. As long as you have a passion for keeping your team happy and excited to work, your ability to work in HR is limitless!

It always helps to find a mentor in the career that you're interested in, but I know that isn't always possible. Should you need anything in regards to a daily work day in HR or retail, please let me know!

Rayna
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