If you're asking, "How do I get an entry-level job in HR?" you're not alone. It's among the most common questions the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) receives on its social media channels. Use these five simple strategies to catch the attention of hiring managers.
1. Plan and prepare
Do your research, ensure your resume is updated, and consider how you will answer questions about salary expectations, your experience—or lack thereof—and career goals.
2. Differentiate yourself in the HR job market
Include community service on your resume. Showcase the impact and results of your work, not just the tasks of a role. Choose a social media platform where recruiters and hiring managers look for candidates. Start with LinkedIn and Twitter, and share messages that are a good reflection of who you are.
3. Focus on learning
You're likely to be asked how you would handle an HR-related issue in an interview, but you may lack hands-on experience. Respond with what you discovered in a LinkedIn course or a SHRM resource.
4. Expand your network
Request informational interviews and networking calls with professionals to help you decide which areas of HR interest you. Be conversational and ask follow-up questions such as "Is this what you would do as well?" and "Am I on the right track?" This also helps others get to know you and connect you with HR professionals in your area of interest.
5. Maximize your SHRM benefits
Use the chapter job board and membership directory. Follow up on intriguing leads via e-mail or LinkedIn to express interest in a position or an organization. Attend local SHRM events to meet other HR professionals in your area.