If you can’t help but feel like you’re HR career is stagnating, you’re not alone. The good news is it’s not a downward spiral, rather an exciting opportunity for growth. A great place to start is setting a new goal, whether it be achieving more tangible business results, pushing for internal promotion or bagging a new role altogether.
Here are five things you can try to help advance your HR career:
1. Spend more time on social media
We should probably have a disclaimer here to advise ‘consumption in moderation’, but we really just wanted to get your attention. Consuming information doesn’t have to be hard work – simply start by following the social pages of HR-related accounts like HR Magazine, CIPD, HR Zone and HR News, as well as inspirational HR influencers. This will help you keep up to date with companies and individuals doing amazing and disruptive things, stay abreast of what’s going on in your field and feel generally inspired.
2. Become a tech enthusiast
The HR industry is being swept up in the digital revolution and the benefits for HR professionals are endless. The world of emerging technology is exciting and holds bountiful opportunity for professionals in the field, so don’t fear change – embrace it.
Becoming a pioneer for cutting edge technology solutions in your business is great way to add real value to the bottom line and helps you build your internal profile. If you’re not sure where to start, becoming part of technology communities and peer-review platforms like HR Open Source is a great way to ease yourself in.
3. Make more guest appearances
In a world that’s increasingly focused on all things ‘online’, don’t forget to be physically present and make real human connections. Attending industry events and conferences will expand your network and facilitate new relationships (with your future boss?).
Agency Central has put together a great list of upcoming events, so why not throw a couple in your diary? While you’re at it, join our meetup group to connect with like-minded professionals and catch invites to fun networking opportunities. You will gain new perspectives, practical ideas and valuable insights that you can apply to your current job. You’ll also get loads of new brownie points from your boss for going the extra mile… trust us!
4. Fine tune your professional online brand
Your digital profile might be someone’s first impression of you, so make it count. Potential employers will likely Google search your name and your boss probably keeps regular tabs on your activity, too.
A great professional brand will tell a clear story about your designation, experience, and skills, as well as highlight what makes you unique. Including keywords will increase your chances at being found by a potential employer, while adjusting privacy settings on social accounts will offer you more control over your professional image.
5. Hit the books
A great way to fast-track your development is to explore new qualifications. There’s no one-size-fits-all criteria for a successful career in HR, however, academic study can provide you with confidence and a competitive edge.
Regardless of whether you have an undergraduate degree with a Masters in Human Resource Management (MSc or MA) or a Post Graduate Diploma in HR, short courses can be a great addition to your CV. The Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) offers ones like, Future Focused Learning & Development and, Recruitment, Selection and Resourcing Talent. Who knows, if you raise it with your employer, they might even fund your study!
Setting your sights high will reward you tenfold. Just like that ‘empty’ tube of toothpaste you always manage to squeeze more from, you know you’ve got loads of fresh potential inside just waiting to come out. From the whole team at bob, good luck!