What’s good about HR? Well hell, what’s not to like? Knowing someone in HR is kind of like knowing a lawyer. Love or hate ‘em, it’s always good to know a lawyer; you never know when you will need a little legal assistance. Who hasn’t needed help with a traffic ticket from time to time? Same thing with HR, everyone has an HR horror story. Everyone has been wrongfully accused, terminated or disparately treated at work. Raise your hand if you ever received a phone call that began “Hey you’re in HR right? I gotta quick question for you…” Yeah, I thought so.
Try not to look at it as a burden, but more of a blessing. What you and I may consider basic common sense is not so common. Things like, what should you wear, what should you say, what should your cover letter look like? Or can you take a look at my resume and cover letter? Oh for the love of Mick Jagger, will it ever end? I hope not, seriously! I love to help. I love the challenge and HR is a challenge.
You take those basic, “elementary” skills that you have in HR and assist someone that doesn’t know the rules and processes; it’s like giving them new hope. The look on someone’s face when you resolve an HR related problem for them it’s nothing short of spectacular.
What’s good about HR is that as long as you have people, you will have job opportunities. As long as there are goods, services and products you will have HR. HR is necessary. Even those individuals that think they do not need our help, they really do. There are some many ways to make an impact. You can fall into the corporate ranks or you can go into business for yourself as a HR Consultant; you can be social or not, doesn’t matter we’re all in the same gang.
Let me tell you what’s good about HR, when you take pride in it, when you do it right; both fundamentally and procedurally, it’s one of the most important careers in the world. The HR professional can change lives and make dreams come true. So often we hear about the bad things but just like anything else, the bad stuff gets the headlines and the good stuff is forgotten.
With so many people trying to figure out the puzzles of talent acquisition, management, engagement, leadership, technology, productivity, compliance, strategy and social media, everything about HR is good.
*This article was also chosen to anchor “The Carnival of HR” hosted by the Swag-tastic Steve Browne on his website “Everyday People” you can read it here*