Updated: May 20
Read on below to find out how you can work on your professional development right away.
Are you looking to transition into the Human Resources (HR) field? Are you wondering how you can start without any prior experience in the industry and be able to land an opportunity that could take your professional development further? We have streamlined five ways to start now by reading regularly, finding mentors, cultivating peer relationships, attending seminars and conferences, and attaining professional certifications.
Reading improves your intelligence and expands your horizon. Read not only current events but subjects that can broaden your perspective. It is imperative to stay updated on new or improved laws and regulations. The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) has a great news section to keep you updated. Reading the news will help you stay up to date with current events. You will find the topics that interest you more than others, thus understanding your interest areas.
Develop relationships with people who will give you honest advice. The support you get from mentors differs from other professional associations because they are your guide and not the coach. They will set you in the right direction and then check in to ensure you are on the right track. Great mentors will give you feedback that you will remember for years. If you do not have one, career coaches are a great resource and a place to start. Always invest in yourself.
Cultivate Peer Relationships
Develop relationships with as many people as possible in your industry. Networking will help you gain new perspectives and ideas. When you are nurturing relations and connections, you are also growing as a professional. As well, networking, a great way to give back and help each other professionally. You can also join professional Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter groups. Feel free to follow our IG page for fun HR content and tips.
Attend Seminars, Conferences & Online Events
you can be ahead of the game by just showing up. Take advantage of the multiple webinars and online panels available for you. Topics are so diverse, and the professionals that lead these events are gurus and masterminds in the field. Use these as a great networking opportunity. Just because it’s virtual does not mean you do not have options. SHRM and The Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) continue to dedicate themselves to enhancing human resources through networking, learning, and advocacy. So does HR Certification Institute®(HRCI), the premier credentialing organization for the human resource profession.
Obtain Professional Certifications
A great way to transition into a new career is showing possible employers that you have the necessary knowledge in the field. SHRM has the aPHR certification for professionals looking to transition into the field or recently graduated students. HR Lab is committed to helping individuals achieve this certification through our course, which you can access here.
Transitioning into a new field can be overwhelming if you do know where to start. These five strategies will help you immensely to get started or advance. Treat these strategies as lifelong habits to achieve ongoing professional growth. Every individual is in charge of their professional career and must constantly strategize and learn from others to open opportunities for themselves.
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