The best way to get experience in HR after college is by applying to HR Generalist/HR Coordinator, People Operations Coordinator, or Recruiting Coordinator roles. All three positions are a great way to get entry-level experience in a wide variety of industries.
I did not have a background at all in HR, but after just 1 year of being a recruiting coordinator, I had the opportunity to work with all areas of HR (and the business), including HR Business Partners, the compensation team, payroll, benefits, etc. In any of the 3 positions I mentioned, you really get to see how all the functions of HR work on a general level. I encourage you, seeing how they work and what you might be interested in, to ask them to mentor you or allow you to shadow them, and take on extra projects!
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Aundraya N.’s Answer
Aundraya N. recommends the following next steps:
The best place to find a job in Human Resources is wherever you can get your foot in the door. That could mean taking a role outside of your general area, but getting the experience is key to moving up in Human Resources. Once you have gained employment in HR, I would suggest that you execute well and gain knowledge on other disciplines with HR. Also, look into getting a certification. All of these skills and capabilities will help you as you navigate your career.
Hope this helps.
A great tool to have been a LinkedIn to find available positions after graduating. I have not graduated but find that LinkedIn is one of the greats resources to look. I just recently created one and have already seen many opportunities and that makes me feel hopeful after graduating. Knowing that many on LinkedIn are looking for someone with a Human Resource college degree makes me secure about my choice in the field.
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I see the most openings for positions in Recruiting and Applicant Processing /Onboarding (New hires starting with the company). Lots of companies to choose from.
I recommend you familiarize yourself with the different HR specializations, and take coursework that will help you move up the ladder. Some of these include:
- compensation and benefits (figuring out how much various titles should earn, comparing them to other employers, etc; healthcare benefits packages, other ways to retain employees - turnover is costly!)
- compliance. All the letters of the alphabet! (ADA - disabilities), EEOC (discrimination, responding to EEOC charges on behalf of the company) laws pertaining to the hiring of veterans, FLSA (fair labor standards act - overtime laws, etc), FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act)
I wish you much success in your chosen field!
There's so many places you can go in HR. At a small company, you might do a little of everything, at larger companies, you'll start being more of a generalist, but then can move into payroll, benefits, employee relations, business partners etc.