Pre­par­ing for suc­cess

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Course Focus -

THE hu­man re­source (HR) depart­ment of any or­gan­i­sa­tion in­volves var­i­ous po­si­tions held by HR of­fi­cers of dif­fer­ent qual­i­fi­ca­tions, se­nior­ity and cer­ti­fi­ca­tions. HR per­son­nel deal in sourc­ing, hir­ing, re­tain­ing and ter­mi­nat­ing em­ploy­ment of an or­gan­i­sa­tion’s per­son­nel.

The most com­mon ti­tle heard is HR man­ager, which is used as an um­brella term out­side the in­dus­try to re­fer to HR per­son­nel. Other ti­tles that are less pop­u­larly known are HR of­fi­cer, tal­ent man­ager, staffing spe­cial­ist and em­ployee re­la­tions con­sul­tant, among many more.

A fresh grad­u­ate go­ing into his first HR job should be open to be­ing ap­pointed to var­i­ous po­si­tions through­out his ca­reer and must ac­tively seek lo­cally- and in­ter­na­tion­al­lyrecog­nised HR cer­ti­fi­ca­tions, and ways to network with other HR pro­fes­sion­als.

Work ex­pe­ri­ence is in­valu­able in this field, so stu­dents should be proac­tive in find­ing in­tern­ships or even un­paid place­ments to gain ex­pe­ri­ence and start build­ing a network soon af­ter grad­u­at­ing while look­ing for a more per­ma­nent po­si­tion.

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