It’s safe to say that we’ve all encountered an HR professional in one way or another. Maybe it was during an interview, getting training for a new job or participating in social events at work/school. It seems like HR professionals are involved in so many aspects of an organization.
From the labour market perspective, there were over 1,849 HR jobs posted just this year.
To give us an understanding of a career in HR, we asked Rumina Ratansi a few questions about her career journey. Rumina is currently an executive coach and HR consultant who helps organizations with their HR needs. Her specialties include employee engagement, policy, compliance, audits, termination + more. Prior to this, for over 25 years, she’s worked in corporate HR roles from junior to executive positions (aka VP of HR). We wanted to know “what do you love about working in the HR sector?”.
1. Explore diverse industry options
Every organization needs a functioning HR professional (or team) for their own best interests. That said, you as a professional are able to bring your HR expertise to a wide range of industries. Of course, best practices may change, but your core learning about what makes a successful HR branch is highly transferable between sectors. This is a great option for those who feel passionate about multiple sectors. For example, I am interested in the tech and startup world as well as working with people. The HR route allowed me to explore both. This is also a great advantage for those who prefer to try out different opportunists, types of organizations, industries etc.
2. Make work a better place to be
Think about how much time you actually spend at work and with your co-workers. It only makes sense for the experience to be a positive one for everyone involved. Working in HR means you’re interacting with co-workers across departments and seniority levels. Beyond that, you are a contributing force to ensure that different personalities work cohesively. You will be the glue that works across these demographics. I get a lot of job satisfaction from seeing my teams and overall organization reach their business goals while respecting and collaborating with each other.
3. Work on both people and business aspects
Balance is an extremely important skill to master when you are in the HR space. As mentioned earlier, you will likely be working with individuals across the organization. This means they all have different goals and ways to measure success. In your role, you will have to manage the interests of all involved parties. I find this highly motivating in my work because it allowed me to gain insights into a lot of different aspects of how to run a business. For example, you may be exposed to budgetary restrictions, competing timelines, future projections, and so many other business aspects, while also aiming to maximize human capital and help teams work together effectively.
4. Create change and movement in an organization
Another aspect that I love about my role is when I see real and actionable changes being made in an organization. The HR space is so well suited for innovation since people’s needs are always growing and changing. You need to not only recognize these needs but create an action plan that addresses these needs. I thoroughly enjoy working with folks from the ground level up to senior management to create positive movements for everyone.
5. Prepare for the future
The scope of the HR sector is only getting bigger and bigger. By this point in our article, it’s easy to see how much this space is growing. In fact, Ranstad recently published a piece with exactly what we can expect in the HR space moving forward. Future HR trends come in twofold. The first is the improvements in current HR practices. For example, diversity and inclusion have always played a role in good HR practices. Recently, however, the importance in his area has greatly increased. As organizations become more aware of its importance, policies change, recruitment changes, and ongoing training changes. In this example, we can see how a particular area within the HR space, has grown in response to evolving needs.
The second projection for the future of HR is creating a space for new innovative means of conducting HR responsibilities. This means HR professionals are changing and challenging the status quo. As the workplace itself changes (work from home, virtual interview, online hiring events, etc), HR practices need to keep up. A simple example of this is in the field of psychological safety and how it affects employees. 10 or 20 years ago this area of study would not have affected the HR world, but now it’s crucial to consider.
Join us at the next Recruiter Q and A to get some facetime with a working professional to learn more about this sector. If you’re ready and interested in creating a personalized action plan for your dream HR role, schedule some time with our career coach.