Jack of All Trades-Master of None



Your company is looking to offer benefits, they ask you to research it.  You’ve never done benefits, so you roll up your sleeves and start looking.  Your company decides they want to revamp the performance review process, they ask you to research and come up with a new one.  Then your CEO comes to you and asks you to look into a company retreat for management and provide some information and a budget for this endeavor at the next staff meeting.  You fire up Google and go…

Ever feel like you are a Jack of All Trades and a Master of None?  You get out there and do what’s necessary to get the job done, but often feel like you never truly mastered it.

So where can you go to get help?  Oh, and on a budget.

There are some great resources out there for little to no cost, that help you be better, faster, and stronger.  If you find yourself in need of a second opinion, advice on a touchy subject, a community of other HR professionals to chat with, or simply the latest news in your industry, then be sure to check out these HR resources:

SHRM – The Voice of All Things Work:  Affordable, accessible, and accurate.  As a new HR Professional, then as an HR Department of One, SHRM is my best friend.  Membership is affordable, and the resources boundless.  I use the website for forms, templates, trainings, how to’s, toolkits and general questions.  I use forums like HR Department of One to ask questions, get insight, or just to double check myself.  I watch webinars, read legal updates, and find products and services from trusted vendors. 

Local SHRM Chapters – When I started my HR career one of the first decisions I made was to join my local SHRM Chapter.  There I met colleagues, who later became friends, and helped me build the strongest network of Subject Matter Experts, who I still rely on to this day.  I volunteered, I served on the board, I became certified PHR and SHRM-CP.  Best decision ever.  You can find your local chapter HERE.

HR Magazine – Not quite ready to join SHRM or one of its local chapters? You can still get great information from the most widely read and respected HR publication by subscribing to the monthly publication of HR Magazine.

LinkedIn Groups – LinkedIn has several groups dedicated to Human Resources. The benefit of joining LinkedIn groups other than the discussion is that you will be able to directly connect with other human resources professionals, thus expanding your network.

HR Blogs – So many great bloggers out there, providing insight, guidance, and sometimes a laugh.  Here are two of my favorites.

  • Evil HR Lady - Suzanne Lucas spent 10 years in human resources for a Fortune 500 corporation. Her goal is to demystify human resources, one question at a time. She also has a huge list of HR blogs and resources on her website.
  • HR Bartender – Sharlyn Lauby focuses on topics that relate to the workplace, not just human resources. Some of the most popular subjects deal with how to be a better supervisor and leader, employee engagement and career advice.

Remember, you can transform “I don’t know” into the opportunity for new knowledge.  Instead say “I’ll find out.”  It’s ok to not have all the answers.  But if you build a strong network, and the right resources, you will FIND OUT!


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