#Nextchat: What HR Students Need to Know

Entry level HR is a topic that is near and dear to my heart.

This past March, I sat down at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and spoke with students about what they need to know as they prepare to leave school and enter the real world.

I talked about some of the career aspects: negotiating salary, establishing credibility, networking, etc.  I also talked about some of the things I learned very quickly after I left school -- namely, that the degree isn’t as helpful as most schools would lead you to assume.

I can vividly recall the first time I attended a networking event and felt as if I was the only person in the room who didn’t know what the heck they were doing. I was an entry level HR dunce and everyone else seemed to be an experienced pro.

I’ve since come a long way. I led the HR function at my former employer and have been able to participate in some amazing learning experiences; however, I have never stopped thinking about my time as an entry level HR “newbie.”

If you’re an experienced HR pro and could sit down and speak with some students preparing to enter the HR field, what would you tell them? What advice would you give?  Any “hard lessons” or practical advice you’d like to share up front?


Please join @weknownext at 3 p.m. ET on July 9 for #Nextchat with special guest Ben Eubanks @beneubanks.  We’ll chat about what HR students need to know to be effective and successful as they begin their careers in HR.

Q1. What should students look for as they search for their first job in the HR?

Q2. How can HR students preparing to enter the workforce create a unique value proposition for interviews?

Q3. How should HR students preparing to enter the workforce communicate their value and negotiate salary?

Q4. What work habits should HR students strengthen as they prepare to enter their first job in HR?

Q5. What critical areas of professional development should a young HR pro focus on during the first 5 years of their career?  

Q6. What advice would you give to students regarding the who-what-where-when of networking as they enter a career in HR? 

Q7. How can students and those getting into HR for the first time leverage non-HR experience to get an HR job? 

Q8.  What’s the most important tip you would give to HR students as they begin a careers in HR?   

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