Tips for HR Pros New to the Field

HR is a field that continues to grow and evolve.  Social media and web-based groups have changed the face of HR and likely will continue to do so.  Below, you’ll find a few tips summed up in two simple phrases to help new HR pros get started and maybe serve as a refresher for more seasoned HR vets.

Keep learning


Don’t ever think that you’ve learned all there is to know.  Schooling, and even past HR experience, can only take you so far.  The continued evolution of technology and social media mean that HR pros will have to keep up.  Recruiting, hiring, and networking are ever-moving and ever-growing, and the best HR pros will be the ones who keep up.

Social media represents a major area that should be seen as critical to HR pros.  Learning how to use social media to recruit new hires and stay connected to current employees is a new facet of business that’s still being developed and tweaked.  Being able to stay on top of social media trends as they apply to your company can set you apart and let your employer know how committed you are to keeping up and finding ways to move ahead.

Understand that while a good resumé and/or solid education are still worth something, most companies have come to realize that the changing landscape of the world of business means that actionable ideas about how to handle today’s issues and the ability to anticipate and plan for tomorrow’s challenges may be more important for HR pros than most others.  In other words, what you can do today and tomorrow may be more important to an employer than what you did yesterday.

Build relationships

Getting to know as many people within your organization as you can and making an honest effort to connect with these people can be invaluable to your career.  If you come to be seen as someone genuine and trustworthy, you’ll put yourself in a position to be helpful in resolving conflicts, which is always a part of HR’s job.  You also will be someone employees feel they can come to with problems and ideas for making the workplace better.  Being able to present your superiors with these problems (and a couple of possible solutions) and ideas (along with implementation strategies) can make you stand out.

Building relationships with the employees in your organization also means understanding that “Human Capital” means people.  Not numbers on a spreadsheet.  People with ideas, concerns, needs, and their own plans for the future.  Employees that feel like someone appreciates their efforts will always be more productive.

Using in-person conferences and similar events along with social media to build a network of peers is another invaluable asset.  More people on your list of contacts means more people with whom to share ideas or to whom you can turn for advice as well as a better chance of having your name “out there” as a viable candidate for job openings that might interest you.

In the end, it might come down to remembering that HR stands for “Human Resources.”  Humans are more than names on a list.  A resource is an asset.  Be an asset for your company that understands that humans, not numbers, really make up the bottom line.