Is 2023 the year you land your dream job in talent acquisition?
The right role for you – the one where you feel satisfied and genuinely look forward to going to work each day – is out there. You just need to put all those skills and qualities that enticed you to the HR field in the first place to good use. Be smart, be proactive, and have a well-planned strategy. From there, the rest will fall into place.
Start fleshing out that game plan with these seven tips:
- Build a network.
To work in HR, you need to be a people person. Connect with other HR professionals, your current or former professors or fellow alumni, and anyone else who may be able to help in your job search.
- Make a list of your current interests, skills and hobbies.
Then, compare them to the necessities for your perfect job. Review what you like and dislike about your current job and work environment, or if you’re just starting out, paint the ideal picture. This can help you set direction going forward.
- Identify your desired industries and companies. Then you can be proactive with the employers you want to work for.
Make note of the industries that incite your passion. Go a step further by listing the top companies you’d like to work for in a perfect-world situation. This will help you not only envision your career goals, but also identify what you value when it comes to work environment and values. Because these things really, really matter.
- Develop mentorships.
Mentors are invaluable in providing career guidance, advice and insights. They can also help you determine the specific skills, qualifications, and industry intelligence you need to land and excel in a role.
- Join a professional organization, as well as LinkedIn and other groups.
Get yourself out there. Don’t just sign up for memberships or groups; get involved. Serve on committees, help plan events, write articles … be active. See and be seen.
- Look for internships.
An internship may be unpaid, but it will pay off in terms of experience and the contacts you can make to better understand the talent management industry and pave your way forward.
- Get certified.
Certifications showcase your professional commitment and demonstrate your proficiency in specific talent management areas. A great place to start is the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which offers several of its own certifications. You may also want to consider becoming a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
At Search Wizards, we want to do more than just help you find the right job – we want to be your long-term partner in building your talent acquisition career and your future. Your decision to engage in a Search Wizards assignment will position you in the best environment to do just that. You’ll work directly with one of our amazing clients, giving you the opportunity to turn your hard-earned skills and experience into action and results. Reach out to us today to learn more.