By Ruoro Kairu
“Although I have just started, I want to work on growing my career and in a few years be in the position of a HR manager.”
This was Eunice speaking during a previous HR Practical Skills Training.
Eunice got her job a few months back. She has been working as a HR assistant in a construction company.
“Two of the colleagues there have been HR assistants for three years. I don’t want the same fate for myself. I want to be a HR Officer in two years or less.” continues Eunice.
Eunice’s fear is lack of career growth. And she is not alone, many HR professionals are looking for ways to effectively scale their careers.
You too may be in this situation –wondering how to go up the HR career ladder.
I spoke with a HR manager, seeking to enquire how he made it to a position of leadership.
Here are some of the tips he shared. If you implement these tips, you too, will grow your career and be the next HR manager.
1. Look beyond your job description
There are various entry-level positions determined by various factors.
For example, if you’re working for a start-up, you may be given the title of HRO, yet your job involves most of the same tasks as a HR assistant.
Do not be content with the title you hold, instead, look at your roles. Then examine the skills you need to move to the next level.
If you’re working for a start-up as a HR officer, you may not have skills such as recruitment and staffing, HR compliance, and performance management systems.
If you wish to move from the start-up to a mid-sized company, you’ll likely struggle to get a HRO position.
To ensure you keep growing, you need to look beyond your job description. Focus on the most relevant skills needed for the next level and work on developing these skills.
2. Continuously grow and develop practical skills
When you get into the job market, you may be surprised to learn much of what you studied in school is not applicable in the job market. Consequently, you may not have the skills needed to perform your duties and to excel in your career.
What should you do to fix this?
Remember, these skills are key to your performance and growth. You shouldn’t just sit there and wait, instead, you have to be proactive.
Take a look at the HR field and see emerging skills. Take a note at the skills HR officers and managers have.
Also, get a mentor to guide you on these skills. Then, develop these skills through short training and practice.
Ultimately, if you want to grow and get to the next level, you’ll have to put in the work and develop the skills you need.
Are you looking to grow practical skills to take you to the next level of your career? Join the upcoming Practical HR Skills Training.