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What job experiences can lead to career in Human Resources?

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Hi there, I'll be graduating in an year and I'm looking through my career paths and job experiences.
I have lots of experiences of living abroad and willing and wanting to work anywhere in the world.
I think some values of skills of HR management really fits to me; such as listening skills, freedom to make decisions, responsibility, and relationship with various people.
What kind of industry, job titles, companies, or other experiences can be a valuable add?
I see that many jobs in HR require experience within the field, so I'm really curious how to get the entry-level experience. #job #human-resources #experience #college-jobs #international #first-job #entry-level #career-details

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Mari Carmen’s Answer

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Hi Danny!
If you are sociable and passionate about people HR could be a good fit. Volunteering, internships are good things to stats. Many HR companies are offering internships and those are good opportunities. If you like traveling and living abroad apply for companies with global presence. Also consulting companies. Examples: Randstad, Ajilon, Accenture, Kelly Services, Price Waterhouse, Robert Half...but also companies in other fields of course with international presence. Good luck!
Your answer is great Mari, thanks so much for sharing your expertise! At this moment there are more than 800 unanswered questions so I wanted to encourage you to keep going! So many students will benefit tremendously from hearing from you. Keep up the great work! Jordan Rivera COACH
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Azaelia’s Answer

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Hi Danny,


A great way to obtain experience is by volunteering for a local organization. I received a great amount of exposure when I had the opportunity to volunteer for the HR Committee for a local non-profit organization. Another idea is to network with local HR Professionals by joining your local SHRM chapter. I had a friend who joined SHRM, signed up for the PHR/SPHR certification training we were facilitating and she made the right connections for an entry level role. Right now, she is in an Assistant HR Director role.


Good luck!

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Alicia’s Answer

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Hi Danny,


HR is not and easy field to break into you have to have experience necessary to excel in this field. Joining SHRM is a great professional association to join and an opportunity to network with others in the field. Once you gain some experience look towards obtaining your certification. Trying looking for HR internships you can do while still in school that offers you the advantage of getting some of the experience companies ask for. Also network, network and network. Join your local HR association and volunteer in HR departments make yourself as marketable as possible.

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Arjun’s Answer

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Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees.


Human resources managers typically do the following:


Plan and coordinate an organization’s workforce to best use employees’ talents
Link an organization’s management with its employees
Plan and oversee employee benefit programs
Serve as a consultant with other managers advising them on human resource issues, such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment
Coordinate and supervise the work of specialists and support staff
Oversee an organization’s recruitment, interview, selection, and hiring processes
Handle staffing issues, such as mediating disputes and directing disciplinary procedures

Hi Arjun, thanks for your feeback. However, I'm not sure if this really answers my question. I was hoping for answers about different entry-level jobs for HR. I understand that comparing these objectives to certain job objectives will help me, but I wanted some specific job titles. Danny L.
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