What You Need to Know If You Want to Build a Career in Human Resources

What You Need to Know If You Want to Build a Career in Human Resources

The tremendous misguided judgment about HR is that it’s a contract and fire job. Individuals need to assemble a profession in HR so they can be in charge and menace different partners grinding away. Another prosaism I get notification from individuals is “I’m a people person” or “I have passion!” What does that even mean to you?

What’s HR all about?

HR work force help the business (an association) accomplish its targets through the individuals – who are the greatest resource of a business. Overseeing machines isn’t as troublesome as overseeing individuals who can talk and revolt in case you’re not doing things right. So guarantee you’re moving into HR for the correct reasons in the event that you need to get the fulfillment you want.

A portion of the capacities HR Professionals perform incorporates Recruitment/Selection and Onboarding, Learning and Development, Performance Management, Compensation and Benefit, Documentation, Exit Management, Organizational Development, and Change Management.

You can choose to be a Generalist or a Specialist in any of the HR Functions referenced. Many individuals are generalists, yet being a master is additionally acceptable. Masters are profoundly looked for after and the compensation is juicier on the grounds that they are scarcer than Generalists.

Education/Certification Requirement 

A sociology degree is liked however it’s not compulsory.  If you’re going to pick a degree, I would prompt you do a sociology course for example Mechanical Relations and Personnel Management. This is on the grounds that it’s simpler for individuals with the necessary instructive foundation than individuals who don’t have it. On the off chance that you have gotten a degree (doesn’t make a difference the course) and you have decided to manufacture a profession in HR, I would prompt you register with CIPM and begin composing the tests. As somebody who didn’t have experience with HR (I examined Chemical Engineering), those tests truly showed me the fundamentals of rehearsing HR in Nigeria.

Aside from learning, you additionally find a good pace other HR work force in your investigation place. I would encourage you to join a close by part, go for gatherings and be included. Systems administration is perhaps the quickest approaches to find a new line of work in HR.

Different affirmations you can take over the long haul: aPHRi, PHRi, SPHRi, GPHRi, SHRM or a Masters in HR/Industrial Relations.

Skills/Competencies Required 

I’ve featured a couple of abilities a H.R Professional ought to have or work after some time to be fruitful:


The capacity to impart viably and be drained of equivocalness. Oral and composed openness is of the utmost importance! The capacity to listen well is likewise key!


The capacity to act naturally composed and convey it towards helping the business is significant. HR Generalist does a ton of things. In case you’re not sorted out, you will fail.


This is the place you need to put the ‘human’ in HR. This is basic so you don’t turn into a dictator.

Customer Service

This is the capacity to make a decent encounter for your clients (the staff individuals you oversee). They are your customers and you’re not a ‘divine being’.

Decision Making

You should settle on a ton of intense choices. For example, settling on enrollment choices would include a great deal of point of view, so you need to build up that after some time.

Project Management

HR Practitioners ordinarily take up various ventures in the association which they need to see to culmination.

I can let you know with the expectation of complimentary that HR is a remunerating profession that permits you have an effect on the lives of individuals and furthermore the business. The best part is seeing your endeavors and activities drive business development and lessen turnover, along these lines sparing expense and seeing the business succeed. The capacity to adjust your approaches to suit the board and staff will enable you to succeed. It is monetarily fulfilling and it’s a decent profession way where you can develop.

I wish you the best in your HR venture.

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Yewande Jinadu

Yewande Jinadu is the Founder of CareerLife Nigeria(www.careerlife.com.ng), a Certified HR Professional and an Employability coach. CareerLife Nigeria is a social initiative aimed at reducing unemployment by providing people with the right career related information and Coaching. Yewande is passionate about People Development, Recruitment, Employability and Career Coaching. Through personal coaching, published articles and speaking engagements, she has helped hundreds of young professionals become more employable and gain employment. You can reach out to her by sending a mail to: info@careerlife.com.ng and follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @careerlifeng

5 thoughts on “What You Need to Know If You Want to Build a Career in Human Resources

  1. Thank you so much for this piece. It was really an eye opener for me because I want to build a career in HR. God bless you and increase your wisdom.

    1. Well, it depends if you put it on your CV and the importance the company attaches to your age.

      It’s not to early or late to make a career switch so far you have the right strategies and you have planned yourself well.

  2. I admire every bit of your article and it’s articulated points, really I would love and appreciate to get a coaching(CV review and career advice) from on you within your free time.


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