By Perminus Wainaina
Are you aiming for a particular role in your current office or to become an HR manager in another organization? Do you want to grow your HR skills but you are unsure how to go about it?
Mary joined a hospitality company as an HR admin. Right from the start, she knew that this wasn’t the position she ultimately wanted to hold. Her aim was to gain the experience there and learn as much as possible before taking up other opportunities still in the HR field.
Are you in a similar situation? Here are simple skills you should bear in mind that will eventually take you a long way in your career development journey.
1. Expand your network
Professional collaborations and relationships are important factors to consider as an HR professional. Be proactive in building your network and explore relationships with individuals working with organizations of your interest.
With the arrival of social media, networking has been made easier especially with platforms such as LinkedIn. Share content and join groups related to your profession.
If you want to be promoted internally, get involved with initiatives of your interest, be sociable and try to attend work-related social activities as this can be a good way of getting to know other colleagues in a more informal setting. Make contact with different teams and departments and see if there are particular projects that you can be involved with.
A broad network provides you with a wide variety of development opportunities and also gives you objective insights for evaluating problems and possible solutions.
2. Identify and acquire the skills needed for the job
Think about where you want to be in your career. If you are looking towards getting a promotion in your HR career, outline the necessary skills that you will require to achieve this. Work on acquiring what you lack so as to enhance your credibility for the role you are aiming for. Do not hesitate to even take part in a certain project in your current role.
The more knowledgeable you are, the more you can help the workforce build on their strengths and discover new talents.
If you have to enroll for a training course to gain the skills, then do so. You will not only acquire the necessary skills that you were looking to acquire, but you will also be able to learn the latest trends. This will help you remain relevant and competitive in the HR field.
However, just having the skills is not enough. Equip yourself with the necessary experience in those areas so as to establish your competence for the ideal HR job.
3. Demonstrate your management potential
How do you go about delegating tasks and managing a team in your job? Do you communicate your ideas effectively? Are you showing that you can handle a higher position?
While this may be difficult to demonstrate, you could look for subtle ways of discussing your success and HR strategies with the people in your network. Also, ensure that your daily interactions and activities demonstrate that you are management material.
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4. Boost your visibility
Remaining in the shadows will not get you that promotion you constantly desire. Whether it’s contributing more in meetings, organizing an event or making an effort to interact with another team, there is a lot you can do to increase your visibility within the business. Also playing important roles in popular office events could buy you lots of opportunities in boosting your visibility.
If you find it hard to effectively communicate your ideas, take up a public speaking class.
5. Say what you want
It is important to make your internal aspirations clear to the relevant people and express your interest in progressing.
If you are aspiring to lead a team or become an HR manager, make it clear. In doing this, you avoid passing the wrong message that the current stage in your HR career is your dream.
Perminus Wainaina is the C.E.O and Managing Partner at Corporate Staffing Services, a leading HR & Recruitment consultancy firm based in Westlands. Through personalized career coaching he assists mid-level and senior professionals get solutions to complex and challenging career issues that they are facing. Click here for more on career coaching.