How can I land a job in the field of Human Resources? – 4 Quick Tips

The question of “Why is it so hard to transition into the field of Human Resources?” came to mind as I reflect on the many occasions that people have inquired about how to enter Human Resources or how can they position their resume in the right way. I felt like I needed more quantifiable evidence, outside of a feeling, that it is truly is difficult to enter the HR field. So I did a quick search for entry level Human Resources jobs on LinkedIn and I noticed a pattern. In most cases, I saw hundreds of applicants for ONE entry-level HR position. So, if you can relate to this situation, here are some tips on how to land that Human Resources role, even if you are switching careers.

“Accomplishing goals is important but fulfilling purpose is paramount.” – Dana L. Stringe

1. Make sure that your passion and sense of purpose aligns with a career in Human Resources. I ask anybody before they begin to pursue a career in Human Resources … “Why Human Resources?” You should not only be able to answer this question but it should align with your passion and sense of purpose. STOP NOW if it doesn’t!

2. Improve your personal and professional brand. Strategically branding yourself and position you to be at the right place at the right time to potentially land that perfect position. How do you do this? By going where hiring HR professionals are! Be an active member of a national and local HR Association such as SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management Professionals) and NAAAHR (National Association of African Americans in Human Resources). Professionally connect with HR professionals that work at the target companies you wish to join and nurture those relationships. And last but not least, make sure you are comfortable with the pictures, posts and other public internet activity that can be searchable by potential employers. If you are not comfortable with it, clean it up, lock it down or if possible shut it down.

3. Customize your resume to the role you are applying to. Do not use generic resumes to apply to Human Resources roles. Recruiters that review your resume normally spend no more than 30 seconds in determining your candidacy. They will not spend time determining how your experiences apply to the job unless you spell it out.

For more information on how to best showcase your talents and accomplishments, check out this article from the Society of Human Resource Management:

4. Earn and display your aPHR certification. Certification distinguishes you by establishing credibility, recognizing your HR knowledge, and allowing you to make a greater contribution to the success of the organization. According to recent survey, only 34% of HR professionals are certified. HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institution) offers an accredited knowledge based credential (aPHR) that requires no HR experience. As of January 31, 2019, more than 4,000 professionals are aPHR certified. Make sure you prepare before your sit for the exam! If you are in Greater Atlanta, GA area, HR Certified LLC is offering a 6 week aPHR Instructor Lead course starting on July 20. Get 30% off by using the code ARTICLE30 at checkout.

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HR Certified LLC launched in 2018 with one mission in mind – to assist junior HR professionals, college graduates, military personnel looking to transition into the private sector, managers with HR responsibilities and those that seek career progression as a Certification Preparation Provider with HRCI (aPHR, PHR, SPHR)! We offer virtual on demand and instructor led (in person and virtual) and resources for self study. Follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook!

Anthony P. Howard has incorporated passion for the learning and development of others into his entire career. He is the founder of HR Certified, LLC and through partnership with National Association of African Americans in Human Resources of Atlanta, has served as the Principal HR Instructor where is consistently fills up his in person classes! He has close to 20 years of progressive and diverse Human Resources experience. He has held HR Certification since 2009 and currently holds both the SPHR and SHRM-SCP designations.

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