The HR profession has changed significantly over the past decades as the profession has evolved from basic personnel management to a strategic business function that leads a wide range of practices and competencies. Today’s HR powers not only a service economy, but a knowledge economy, and as this knowledge economy grows, it is critical that organizations also evolve their approach to talent.
I typically write articles here specific to veterans who are transitioning into the civilian sector. However, this one not only is very applicable to the veteran community, but can help anyone who is looking for their next job!
On January 3, @shrmnextchat chatted about Is Your HR Career Ready to Take on 2018 with special guests from SHRM’s HR Competencies and Professional Development teams: Ashley Miller (@Miller843), Senior Specialist, HR Competencies, Research; Lindsay Northon (@SHRMLindsay), Specialist, HR Competencies, Research; Michelle Keefe (@keefe_mk), Specialist, Education; Elizabeth L
It’s that time again. New year, new you. While the traditional “get back in the gym” and “save more money” resolutions are great, the beginning of a new year is an opportune time to reflect on your HR career as well. Start by identifying goals for the year ahead and designing a plan for achieving those goals and advancing further toward your ideal career state.
We all know that developing your skills as a human resources professional is important. The challenge is recognizing what skills to develop.
At this year’s Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference (SHRM) in New Orleans, I ran across some wonderful tools to help with developing HR competencies. These FREE downloadable guides offer suggestions for specific activities that HR pros can do to develop their skills.
In the certification classes, one of the key competencies that are considered necessary for someone to be a successful human resources professional is business acumen, that knowledge of how the business really operates. This business acumen can be learned in two ways, through study or through experience.
Peter Drucker, management guru deluxe, advises that all staff workers spend time in operational positions. He says specifically:
HR is tasked with implementing strategies to develop the competencies of all employees within an organization. But often, it's HR's own staff that gets overlooked in the process. Phyllis G. Hartman's A Manager's Guide to Developing Competencies in HR Staff (SHRM, 2017) is here to help.
Human resources professionals need to be committed to lifelong learning. Our profession is constantly changing because business is always changing. But, knowledge isn’t enough. We should be able to turn knowledge into action. It isn’t enough to know or recite a theory, we must be able to apply it.