2016: Top Organization and Employee Development Articles

By Kathy Gurchiek Dec 28, 2016

HR professionals are interested in developing their own careers as well as their employees' careers, and these topics were among the most-read organization and employee development articles on SHRM Online in 2016. Readers also were interested to learn what an HR professional missed about the workplace after she retired from a career that spanned five industries.

Writing Powerful, Impactful and Memorable HR Resumes

You know a good resume when you see it, so why is it so hard when writing your own?

While there's no formula or single template to use in crafting an HR resume, there are certain guidelines to follow that will help you write, format and design a resume that will showcase your greatest talents, accomplishments and value to a potential new employer. These seven "rules of the road" are applicable to all HR professionals, managers and executives.

Leveraging Keywords to Advance Your Career

The value of keywords is not limited to helping your resume pass an electronic scan. Keywords are just as important in verbal exchanges because they communicate critical information about your skills, qualifications, experiences and achievements.

The use of keywords can showcase your expertise and advance your career. They are so powerful because they instantly communicate a specific message. It's important to know all five categories of keywords. 

The Leader-as-Coach: 10 Questions You Need to Ask to Develop Employees

Employee retention and talent management are hot topics in today's business environment because great workers are so hard to attract and retain.

"I've found that asking the right questions rather than telling employees what to do creates a sense of empowerment, professional growth and ownership that most employees respond well to," said Shara Fisler, executive director of the Ocean Discovery Institute in San Diego.

The institute is a nonprofit organization that supports underserved communities by offering inner-city students opportunities in the fields of ocean science, research and environmental stewardship. 

The employee development paradigm can begin during the pre-employment process when candidates are being interviewed for a position.

What? I'm Retired? What I Miss Most

After Janet Garber retired from her role as a chief HR officer for the Practising Law Institute in New York City, she embraced a new role—writer. She drew upon her HR career that spanned five industries to write a comic novel, Dream Job: Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager (Lulu Publishing Services, 2016).

In a column for SHRM Online, Garber reflected on what she missed most about working in human resources.  

Viewpoint: Where Do You Go from Here? Planning Your Career Next Steps as an HR Generalist

The path to leadership positions may be winding, but HR professionals can use that to their advantage. Generalists with broad HR experience have a variety of career options to choose from. They can continue on a generalist track while moving up in responsibility to managerial and leadership roles; specialize in an area of interest (such as compensation, training and development, or labor relations); or adapt transferrable skills to other roles and fields.

Wendy Bliss, founder and principal of Bliss & Associates, a human resource consulting practice in Colorado Springs, Colo., offered some questions HR professionals can ask themselves as they map out a strategic career plan.

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