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How much experience in my field of choice would make me favorable to employers?

I'd like to be an HR Manager but I'm not sure what the length of my experience should be.

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Jennifer’s Answer

Your potential can definitely be influenced by your educational history and related work experience. Management, after all, is a skill that we develop and refine over time. As someone who has been in the position of hiring, I would typically seek out individuals with at least two years of management experience, provided their education and work history are relevant. Remember, every step you take in your career journey is a stepping stone to greater opportunities!
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Jerome’s Answer

It will vary depending on your education. If you have a bachelors degree, you might be able to come in above an entry level role, but from my experience, starting as an HR coordinator and working your way up might be the way to go. If you can complete internships or early specialty certificates, that could help.
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Tashawndria !

Going into human resources work is very important because of the strong support you will provide to staff and in some places it is an administrative position. It's a wonderful career choice !

I agree with advisor Vicki's advice about going on Linked In and also Indeed employment websites and enter Human Resource Director or Human Resource Generalist or Assistant. See how much experience each level of human resources requires at different companies and take notes. Than do an average of those experience years and figure on getting the minimum or more years experience in human resource work. But when you are ready to go to work and are applying for positions, the employment notice most times states how many years experience and the education they would prefer.

While you are reading employment notices, see the exact elements that employers want the applicant to be familiar with. This can include working with Medical and Dental Insurances, Retirement Plans, 401Ks, 501(c) (1) (2) and (3), workers compensation, maternity and family leave, interviewing skills, payroll (and payroll software or internet based payroll portals), presentation skills, and situational counseling for employees. Those are just some of the job duties most companies would want their applicants to have experience in. (The 503s are if you work at a tax exempt agency or company).

Keep in mind that this is a position that you can possibly start out small with and work your way up to a high position. I am not sure if you will be getting or have a college degree but that is most recommended for this career. As well, there are certifications that you can obtain which will give you an edge. I have left a link to certifications for you below.

Since you are currently a student, I would suggest taking some business classes and psychology. If you are in college, I would advise a course in Business Psychology. I took a Business Psychology class in college and it was a benefit to me in every job I ever had. You can always, at any time, research what goes into choosing insurance plans for employees and other specific expected duties you may anticipate.

I hope that this has helped out and I wish you all the best in school and further exploration of your career choice !

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

HUMAN RESOURCE PROFESSIONALS CERTIFICATIONS https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/list-of-hr-certifications
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Vicki’s Answer

Tashawndria, generally management jobs require at least 3 years experience, but each job is different. It never hurts to apply if you think you can do a job.

Vicki recommends the following next steps:

Search for HR Manager jobs on LinkIn and see how many years experience they are requiring.
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Patrick’s Answer

Tashawndria,I want to first say thank you for your question. I had to reach out to some of my friends who are HR Specialist and/or HR Leaders to get information on how best to answer your question. I hope this information proves beneficial to you.

In the realm of Human Resources, the amount of experience that makes you attractive to potential employers can differ, but let's break it down into some general advice.

For those aiming for an entry-level HR Manager role, a mix of relevant education and a few years of experience can be advantageous. A bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or a similar field is often a prerequisite. One of my HR Specialist friends shared that as you climb the career ladder, about 3-5 years of HR experience can position you well for mid-level HR Manager roles. This timeframe allows you to gain a thorough understanding of HR operations, policies, and procedures.

For those aspiring to higher-level or specialized HR Manager positions, such as Director of Human Resources or HR Business Partner, my friend who heads a large HR organization suggests that employers often prefer candidates with 7-10 years of experience. This level of experience showcases your ability to navigate complex HR issues and make strategic decisions.

Both of my friends emphasized the importance of obtaining relevant certifications like the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) to strengthen your qualifications. They stressed that the quality of your experience is as crucial as the quantity. Your achievements, leadership skills, and involvement in special projects or initiatives throughout your career should be highlighted.

I firmly believe that it's essential for you to actively pursue professional development opportunities, participate in HR conferences, and engage with the HR community to stay abreast of industry trends. If you're at the beginning of your HR journey, focus on gaining foundational experience through internships, entry-level HR roles, or any position that exposes you to HR duties. As you advance, strive to take on more challenging roles to expand your expertise.

Finally, remember that you have the freedom to shape your experience based on your career aspirations and the specific requirements of the HR Manager roles you're targeting.
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. To success in the career, you may need achieve the required qualification and gain the relevant experience.
Below are my suggestions :
1. Explore the college review on HR Management subjects and find out the relevant entry criteria
2. Work hard on your academic to meet the the entry requirement
3. After entering the college, explore any intern opportunity working in HR department
4. Upon graduation, prepare your long term career development plan and break it down into short term milestones. Review your plan regularly.
5. Attend industrial seminars from time to time to keep your knowledge up to date and establish people network
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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