Preparing for success
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.