Your Guide To Searching For a Human Resource Job

Searching for the first step or the next step in your career in Human Resources? The following tips and resources will assist you in finding the position that is right for you.

Before you begin searching for your Human Resource job:

1.Know thyself

Before searching for that perfect position reflect on your skill set and your passion.

Which area of Human Resources is your specialty or area of expertise? Is it recruitment, hiring and firing, Employee Relations and Employee Law, Information Services, Training and Development, Organizational Behavior and Development, Quality Improvement, Compensation and Benefits, or Strategic Business Planning?

The Generalist Role, the jack of all trades, continues to be found in smaller businesses and requires a proficiency in all areas. In larger corporations the role is becoming obsolete because of the complexities of each component.

Visit sites such as the American Society for Training and Development @, the Society of Human Resource Management @, HR. com, or The Center for Creative Leadership These sites will assist in researching your area of interest further, pursue opportunities for development or certification that will give you the leading edge, and perhaps the competitive advantage when searching or applying for a position in Human Resources. Proper research should be made at the sites for local employee salary software purchasing. A budget can be created through the person to spend money at the purchase of the software.

Before you search decide if you are willing to relocate. Are you able to move if your search results in a job offer? If the answer is yes, you will be able to broaden your search for more opportunities. As those opportunities present themselves, research the location through their local chamber of commerce site. Learn more about the area to determine if it is right for you before applying for that job in somewhere, USA.

Decide which industry is right for you. Not for profit organizations such as hospitals, public schools, town government, may have opportunities but may be lower in the salary range where as corporate for profit positions may be higher in salary range but more limited in opportunities.

Finally in the continuum of introspection, know the culture that suits you. Before applying for the position you find online, research the company at their website to understand their mission, vision and culture. Do an informational interview with someone in their Human Resource Department to determine if the organization is the right fit for you.

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2.The resume

Create a resume that is complete and accurate. Your resume must paint a picture that depicts your skills through your accomplishments and separates you from all the others. You may create your resume on sites such as Career Builder and SHRM as well as a general cover letter.

3.Beware of Scams

Once you have posted your resume online don’t be surprised when you begin to receive emails with job offers. If only it were that simple and easy. Many of the offers are for services at a cost to help you improve your resume, coaching for interview skills or a guarantee to find you a position for a fee. Determine authenticity of the sender before responding or investing in such services.


There is still some truth in the old statement, “it’s who you know”. Networking today is more than talking to family, friends, acquaintances and business contacts about possible opportunities. Networking is an important aspect of searching for your Human Resource position. Online social networks such as Facebook, Myspace, Stumbleupon, (only to mention a few) have capacity beyond our imagination. Professional sites as Linked In, HR. com, can expand your opportunity in searching for positions by posting messages on their bulletin boards and creating blogs with other professionals that may have knowledge of opportunities in Human Resources.


Some employers also use social network sites to learn more about the candidate applying for their position. What do you have posted about yourself on MySpace or Facebook? What will it tell a future employer about you? What was once amusing with friends at college may be harmful to you in your Human Resource job search.

Surfing the web for your Human Resource position.

Start with the obvious.

Career Builder is a popular site (for employers and job seekers) that offers various levels of opportunities for the job seeker. It is easy to navigate and is an excellent source of job postings.

To begin, you create an account with a user name and password, complete your profile and post your resume. The more detail you include in your profile the more you are telling your future employer about you. It will also ask you to submit a general cover letter.

This site allows you to search for a human resource position at various levels. You may do a general search, or a more well defined search for a particular functional are of interest. You may broaden your search by a radius of miles or by different states.

As you search and find jobs of interest you may save them for future reference.

$100,000 + promotes itself as the site for candidates looking for opportunities at the higher end of the corporate ladder with the pay scale of $100,000 and up.

You may sign in and create an account and post your resume. The free limited access is indeed limited. You may view a few jobs (probably a teaser) but you can not apply and a recruiter cannot contact you about any position unless you become a Premium member. You may join for one month for $30, and then it is tiered up to one year for $180 (discounted as you increase the enrollment period). They state that they have a recruiter database of 30,000.

I have not had any personal experience with this site. I would recommend caution about any site that appears to be promoting membership rather than promoting positions.

SHRM; Site for Human Resource Professionals

“Where HR professionals find HR professionals.”

This site is a wealth of information for all Human Resource professionals. Here you may read articles in your area of interest or expertise and continue your growth and development as you search for a Human resource position. Post your resume, or create a resume and cover letter by creating an account even if you are not a (paying) member of SHRM. Search for jobs by industry, job function, state, keywords, and relocation costs paid.

This site will keep you connected to the latest articles, information, conferences and opportunities for the Human Resource professional.

You are now prepared to begin searching for a human resource position.

To review:

  • Know thyself.. know what you want, where you want it and make sure it is the right fit.
  • Prepare a focused resume
  • Network (social online)
  • Beware of scams
  • Beware of backlash (take care what you post on MySpace)
  • Begin surfing the web
  • Career Builder
  • Ladders
  • SHRM

With this guide may you find a position in Human Resource. With your heart and expertise may you find a career that is gratifying and fulfilling in helping others ; that is the heart of Human Resources.

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