Career Advice Articles Were Most Popular of 2017

Kathy Gurchiek By Kathy Gurchiek December 28, 2017

Career advice, sexual harassment policies, HR horror stories and design thinking were the subjects of the top organization and employee development (OED) articles from SHRM Online in 2017.

Your Career Q&A

Help from career coach and weekly columnist Martin Yate drew readers to the OED section of SHRM Online. Advice that resonated with readers ran the gamut, starting with recognizing when it's time to leave a job, the best time of the year to do that and developing an action plan to move your HR career forward

Finding the Next HR Job

Readers also looked for insight on writing a powerful resumeone that recruiters will read and that contains compelling job descriptions—as well as how to ace the HR job interview and become fully engaged in their career. 

[SHRM members-only resource: SHRM Career Resource Page] 

Writing Sexual Harassment Prevention Policies That Work

Sexual harassment was a topic that dominated the headlines in 2017, and HR professionals looked to the Society for Human Resource Management for guidance on how to deal with the problem at their organizations. Omissions that Make Sexual Harassment Policies Ineffective—a look at the common problems employers have with bad sexual harassment policies—offered very specific language that may be useful in crafting sexual harassment prevention guidelines. 

Think Different to Improve Your Career

Using design thinking to overcome a career block was another OED topic that garnered attention. With design thinking, also known as human-centered design, you don't have to know what you want to do. The idea is to follow your curiosity, instead of your passion, to create the career you want. The article offers ways in which HR can use design thinking in the workplace, including the recommendation to move away from process design and embrace human-centered design. 

Look Out!

HR professionals can find themselves facing scary situations in the workplace year round. In HR Horror Stories to Spook You on Halloween, SHRM Online gathered some weird tales from around the U.S.—like the guard who contacted the head of HR after he discovered an employee with 58 pagers surreptitiously strapped to his body. Turns out the employee had a side gig—reselling the pagers at local malls. And there was the time a business went into lockdown mode after a former client—for whom the company had a no-trespassing order—tried to kick down the office door. Human resource management, as the new employees going through orientation that day discovered, is not for the faint of heart.


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