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What companies will you recommend to me, if I want to work in the Human Resources field right after graduation?

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Skip’s Answer

I would consider 1st look at where you want to live and the location that makes you happy and is important too you. Many jobs now are remote, so something else to consider that the location may not be a limiting factory... but if within your same site that you graduated from or your home town, look for business that show growth and have opportunity for you to learn. You may consider starting in the field of Recruiting within the HR team and with a company that has a great on-boarding program, etc. Consider the company benefits, which also should be a good reason to purse employment with a reputable company, like Dell EMC, Inc!

I really appreciate these recommendations Harmony D.

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Brittany’s Answer

There are many places you could work in the field of human resources.

When thinking about companies, you could look at the Fortune top 100 or 500.

However, first, I recommend you think about your values. What excites you? What do you live by? Is it honesty? Collaboration? Innovation? Community? and so forth. Then, find companies that match you values.

You might also consider what size of company you want to work in. A larger company will usually give good benefits (gyms, lunches, etc.) and a global perspective. Being at a larger company though, you have to be an expert in a very specific field. A smaller company might not always have as many benefits (no gyms, no free lunches, etc.) and they are closer to their region. But, at a smaller company you typically get a great overview of many services.

For example, I used to work at a mid-size company (400 people) in learning & employee development. In my roll, I oversaw all trainings: onboarding, career advice, compliance, leadership, technology, etc. I got a lot of experience very quickly. Now, I work at a large company (100,000), and my expertise has narrowed to only career advice.

Brittany recommends the following next steps:

Find companies that align with your values.
Think about whether you want to look for a large company or small company.
Look at surveys for best insights (Fortune 100 or 500 for large companies; Best Places to Work for smaller companies)

Thank you very much Harmony D.

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Chelsie’s Answer

I would recommend looking into internships in the meantime, even if they are very short. I have had many friends in the HR world and most of them say their internship experience was a huge help when they graduated and were looking to secure their first job role. I would also say do not be afraid to apply to something that is not in your "dream" HR job industry. You just need to get your foot in the door and gain some experience and you can always change companies or HR focuses from there but you will have a foundation to stand on which is a big leg up for companies that are hiring to see!

Thank you. I added this to my to-do list Harmony D.

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Alejandra’s Answer

Do a lot of research.
In the end, you decide if you want to be a small fish in a large tank, or a large fish in a small tank.
It is about tastes and feelings.

Additionally, look for portals like Glass Door, there you can see if employees comment on the company as a good employer. Also visit, Great Place to Work, usually the top positions by country or city, they give you great ideas if their corporate culture clicks with you.
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Harmony,

I would say that you should start with thinking about what kind of company that you would like to work for. Your HR skills are transferrable, so I would begin there. I would say in my career, the most fun I had with doing my job as an instructional designer was at a travel company. I love to travel so the topic was always interesting to me. I wrote training for a variety of roles that were also fascinating to me. It made doing the work easier, because the base work was interesting to me.

I am at a different company now. While I love where I work, the day-to-day job roles are not jobs that I know a lot about. Certainly some of them I would never want to do. In my current role, it is more about delivering on the client need and the love of what I get to do for a living. Having a good employer plays a part in that as well. I am also lucky and proud to work in a culture that reflects my own values.

Your ideas of a good employer will change over time. Do not be afraid to move on from a culture that does not meet your needs.

Gloria

Okay. Thank you so much. This is a different perspective I needed. Harmony D.

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Miguel’s Answer

Verizon

Thank you so much. Why do you say that? Harmony D.

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Kira’s Answer

Hi Harmony,

I agree with all of the answers that have already been provided, but I would also suggest for you to first start thinking about your interests and passions. Is your interest in helping people, or the environment, etc.? This will be helpful to determine your likes and dislikes so that your passion will drive your work. Otherwise, it will be just a job. We spend a lot of our time working and we should enjoy what we do!

Then, consider researching for companies' mission and values to ensure they align with yours. Read about their culture and their involvement in the community. Network with people on LinkedIn who work in those types of industries. Many people who are passionate about what they do often want to mentor and coach others. Also, like suggested above, look for internship opportunities in some of those companies to give you the ability to learn the field and make networking connections.

Best wishes on your search!
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Pro’s Answer

LinkedIn has an opening for a Human Resources Business Partner – Global Health, Global Growth & Opportunity and Subsidiaries, for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, WA...not sure if this is real, but it probably pays well!

Wow. Thank you. I do not graduate for quite some time but I hope I can gain some experiences through other sources before I target that. However, I am not against trying to see if I am fortunate enough to land the job. Harmony D.

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