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Careers in Human Resources

Are jobs in human resources right for you? A career in human resources involves helping an organization manage its people. This includes hiring and firing, training, compensation, administering benefits and handling the informational side of people management. Human resource managers are frequently in top management roles and are critical to the success of any company. To excel in this role you have to be sensitive to the needs of the other departments and see their perspective. You need to be able to see the big picture to help sell ideas to the other functional managers and to serve them as internal clients. You have to be able to sell HR throughout the organization to come up with solutions that will be most effective.

This is an exciting career area that attracts people who are sensitive, big picture, team-oriented, extroverted and honest. On the other hand, because human resources jobs support more visible functions in the company, they are not for people with huge egos and a strong need to be center stage.

The human resources field is changing rapidly with increasing use of technology, training and outsourcing. A career in HR promises to keep you busy, engaged and deeply involved in making things happen in your company.

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The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals
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PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide
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