HR can be a little overlooked as a career, however it’s an integral part of any company which can provide a wealth of opportunities for candidates. As an in-house attorney, I have had the privilege of working extensively with human resources department in various companies. This department is responsible for everything to do with the staff side of a business, covering everything from training and recruitment, benefits, payroll and redundancy and more. It’s also responsible for implementing employment law, and so it's extremely important and something that no business can do without. I have known many people that have started as lawyers and then transferred into HR. It is a role that you may not have started in but you can learn HR. Working in the human resources department of a company can be surprisingly rewarding, and so if you’re planning on taking this route with your career, here are a few things to consider.
You have influence and authority
As a HR worker, you have a unique perspective the businesses that you work for due to the nature of your job and day to day tasks. You have a strong understanding both the priorities and challenges of the business, and because of this you have the ability to put forward ideas that can influence its future. An organisation is shaped on the employment decisions they make, which as a HR professional you will have a say in. If you want a job that’s both influential and important, then human resources could well be for you.
You can earn a good rate of pay
Due to the importance of human resources to a business, company owners are prepared to pay that bit more for good workers. Not only will you earn well above the average national salary but there’s chance for progression too. Work your way up to a HR management position and you could be making some serious cash- something to aim for in your career! While our careers are more than just a way to pay the bills, there’s no denying that money is an important part of it. Self development, improving skills and making a difference are all great, but none of us want to work for free. So being able to earn good wages is a great selling point.
Your job is future proof
Many departments in business either are, or are in the process of being completely automated. And while HR software is extremely valuable, the role is well situated for withstanding full technology takeover. There are many elements that simply can’t be solely run by computer, since you’re dealing with humans it makes sense that the department needs to be run by humans. On top of this, HR jobs in general are experiencing an increase- businesses will continue to need recruiters, benefits specialists and other personnel within HR as they grow, and this isn’t something that will change.
You get to work with people
As the title ‘human relations’ suggests, you will be working with humans. If you’re a people person this will be right up your street, but one of the best things about working with people is that your work is more meaningful. You get to genuinely help and advise people and make a difference. This isn’t true for all areas of business!
We have some books to consider if you are thinking about HR as a career field and if you are in HR we would love to hear your advice for getting into your field below!
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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