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Old 21-01-2016, 06:39 PM
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I would like to pursuit a career in HR. In terms of training and development of talents.
However, i do not have the relevant experiences.
If i were to work in a recruitment firm. what are the skills that i should keep a lookout for?
Is is a good stepping stone for my Career path?

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I would like to pursuit a career in HR. In terms of training and development of talents.
However, i do not have the relevant experiences.
If i were to work in a recruitment firm. what are the skills that i should keep a lookout for?
Is is a good stepping stone for my Career path?
First of all better brush up your English, I doubt anyone would be interested in interviewing a Talent Development specialist who cannot even write proficiently and needs language development.

Secondly, if OD/TD is your interest (not saying you have any chance of getting it), why are you joining a Sales job and expecting it to be a stepping stone?

If you want to do proper HR, it is better off to start with operational / administrative side in a corporate setting. Try to get something in at least a decent sized local company to gain experience.

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Old 07-07-2020, 06:23 PM
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Fresh grad here and I would like to know more about the career path/progression in HR.

May I know which hr role is a good start ?
is it better to start in recruit agencies (recruit express/hays/adecco etcetc) or those insurance companies (prudential/axs/aia etc) or SME companies ?

Appreciate any advise.. newbie here.
thanks!

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First of all better brush up your English, I doubt anyone would be interested in interviewing a Talent Development specialist who cannot even write proficiently and needs language development.

Secondly, if OD/TD is your interest (not saying you have any chance of getting it), why are you joining a Sales job and expecting it to be a stepping stone?

If you want to do proper HR, it is better off to start with operational / administrative side in a corporate setting. Try to get something in at least a decent sized local company to gain experience.
Agreed - I used to study Diploma in HR (subsequently changed to Commerce track in Uni) and thought I could go into a recruitment firm because I wanted to "match the right candidates to their dream jobs". Went to interviews/assessment centres with Robert Walters/Michael Page/Selby Jennings - all rejected because I was not "Salesy" enough and I had the wrong impression of recruitment/head hunting business at that point of time.

Questions to ask yourself:

1) Why specifically recruitment? Have you even spoken to a friend/relative who works in recruitment before and what's their day to day?
2) If you are a fresh grad, it is generally less likely to land yourself in a specialized HR role like TD/OD/TA/PM/CB, so perhaps a HR Generalist (does everything) is something you can aim for at this moment then find out what you like > specialize after 3-4 years
3) Is you degree specifically in HR? You might have done some HR internships during your uni days - are any of those stuff you did what you envision HR to be? Also, consider the fact that because they are internships - the team might not have exposed you to the more strategic functions (i.e. made you do admin)
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My advice for you would be to think long-term. If you're a fresh grad and you're interested in pursuing HR as a career in the long run, it'll be important for you to demonstrate a sound understanding of how the industry is set to evolve in the next decade. This will help you as you plan your career path and even take on courses to upskill.

Your career success depends on the value you can add to your company. The role of HR is evolving quickly especially with changes brought about by Covid-19 (think remote hiring, virtual onboarding, split teams/ work from home etc.) If you are looking to future-proof your career, you have to start looking to value-add beyond what's stated in your initial job scope (you will most likely get a generalist role for your first HR job).

The future of recruiting isn't going to be just posting job descriptions and interviewing candidates. To attract the new generation of millennial and Gen-Z talent, it will be crucial for people looking to go into HR long-run to start upgrading themselves. Pick up skills like recruitment marketing, employer brand strategy and different recruiting tools that will help make virtual hiring smoother. The more you know, the more you can bring to the table, and the more valuable you'll become to your company.
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My advice for you would be to think long-term. If you're a fresh grad and you're interested in pursuing HR as a career in the long run, it'll be important for you to demonstrate a sound understanding of how the industry is set to evolve in the next decade. This will help you as you plan your career path and even take on courses to upskill.

Your career success depends on the value you can add to your company. The role of HR is evolving quickly especially with changes brought about by Covid-19 (think remote hiring, virtual onboarding, split teams/ work from home etc.) If you are looking to future-proof your career, you have to start looking to value-add beyond what's stated in your initial job scope (you will most likely get a generalist role for your first HR job).

The future of recruiting isn't going to be just posting job descriptions and interviewing candidates. To attract the new generation of millennial and Gen-Z talent, it will be crucial for people looking to go into HR long-run to start upgrading themselves. Pick up skills like recruitment marketing, employer brand strategy and different recruiting tools that will help make virtual hiring smoother. The more you know, the more you can bring to the table, and the more valuable you'll become to your company.
you give HR far too much credit. the truth is, most of them can keep their jobs just doing the bare minimum for employees. they are the gossip queens of the firm and the ones tasked to build organisational culture are the very ones who are destroying it
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