#Nextchat: Advice for New HR Professionals



Starting a new career can be an exhilarating experience, regardless of the field or industry, but starting a new career in HR—one of the 9 Best Jobs in America for 2018—is one of the most challenging, exciting and rewarding new job experiences you will ever have.  

Whether you’re graduating with a degree in HR, being promoted from an administrative role into HR, or transitioning into HR from another profession, tips and advice from other practicing HR professionals at all career levels are always helpful to ensure a smooth and successful start to your new career in HR.

HR professional Jazmine Wilkes, two years new to HR, is on a mission to help other new HR professionals and is using social media and blogging to accomplish it. She even created a website called HR Jazzy Blog and a “New to HR” series on Workology blog. In her post “New to HR? Don’t be Afraid of the Unknown,” Wilkes says, “HR is a field of twist and turns in every direction. The number of areas one could specialize in is almost never-ending, and this can become overwhelming for some individuals. Trying to understand the laws, policies, what to do in harassment claims, how to handle your first open enrollment, understanding tax time, and that’s just the surface of our work. There is a lot to learn and a lot of work to put in, but if you really love this career, it’s worth all of it.”

SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, believes that it’s important to help new HR professionals with advice, encouragement and mentorship. He also believes there’s a lot to be learned from them, as well. “People find their way here from all kinds of degree programs and work experiences” and “bring skills and experiences from other disciplines. Mentoring works in reverse, too, in mutually beneficial ways,” says Taylor. “We are blessed with so many clever, curious Millennials who want to bring their passion for social connection, technology and teamwork to our profession. And who better to prepare the workplace culture for the next wave of young people—the Digital Natives? Let’s let Millennial mentees—as well as new arrivals from entirely different professions—teach us a thing or two from their fresh perspective.”

Whether you’ve been in the HR profession for two, 10 or 25 years, what do you wish you would have known when you started your career, and what advice can you share with those who are new to the HR profession?

Please join @SHRMnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on April 11 for #Nextchat with special guests HR professional Jazmine Wilkes (@HRJazzy) and SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP (@JohnnyCTaylorJr). We’ll chat about what it takes to make a successful start as a new HR professional in the new world of work.


Q1. What job search advice do you have for new graduates looking for their first job in the HR profession? 

Q2. What questions can new HR professionals ask during an interview to ensure that their first HR job is the right fit?

Q3. What can those new to HR expect as they begin their first jobs in the HR profession?

Q4. What can those new to the HR profession do in their first HR job to make a positive impression?

Q5. Think back to when you were new to the HR profession. What was your biggest struggle in your first HR job—and what would have made it easier?

Q6. What is the importance of networking with other HR professionals when you’re new to HR , and what are the best ways to branch out and find new HR connections?

Q7. What is the most valuable piece of advice you received about entering and succeeding in HR and in the workplace?

Q8. If you could go back in time and send a tweet, image or a GIF to yourself on the first day of your career in HR, what would it be?



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