By Ruoro Kairu
Gaining practical experience is core to getting a job. In HR, there are specific skills that will increase your chances of getting a job.
Lucy graduated a year ago. Afterward, she started looking for HR jobs. While she had the papers, she had a hard time getting a job. She reached out to us, wondering why she could not land a job in HR. While she has been working as a sales agent, she wants to build her career in HR.
I spoke to a human resources manager on what it takes to get a job and grow a career in HR. Here are the top skills you’ll need.
1. Teamwork skills
A HR acts the bridge between the management and the employees. As such, you’ll need to learn how to work with teams in order to get the best results. Each group needs to feel as though you have their best interest.
At the same time, you may find some companies have more than one HR officer. In such a case, you’ll need to collaborate with your colleagues and distribute the tasks in a way that everyone has a role to play.
2. Ability to work under minimal supervision
One skill most professionals put on their CV is the ability to work under minimum supervision. For HR, this is a crucial skill. A supervisor can’t always be following you up on what is supposed to be done.
In the corporate world, especially, each professional has their own set of responsibilities. To succeed and grow your career, you’ll need to work even when no one is supervising you.
3. Time management skills
Time is a key resource in the job market. How effectively you manage your time dictates how efficient you are with your day to day activities. For example, if you have a new employee joining the organization, you need to have already prepared the contract and any other documents that will be needed.
When you’re effective at managing your time, you’ll be able to even slot some time to learn more skills.
4. Leadership skills
HR involves managing employees and ensuring professionals are placed at a position where they can be most efficient. In some cases, the HR also handle training duties in the organization.
Improving your leadership skills will help you effectively manage the employees.
In conclusion, being a successful HR involves combining these skills in order to effectively handle your tasks and grow your career. Enroll in the next Practical HR Skills Training and Mentorship Program to learn and grow these skills as well as take your career to the next level.