​Articles on developing as an HR manager—and ways employers can prepare other employees for success as well—were popular organizational training and development topics that resonated with readers in 2019. Here are the top 10 articles from SHRM Online.

No. 1:  How to Write Powerful and Memorable HR Resumes

This article, with its helpful guidelines on writing, formatting and designing a resume to showcase the job seeker's greatest talents, accomplishments and value retained its No. 1 spot from 2018. These seven "rules of the resume road" are applicable to all HR professionals, managers and executives.

No. 2: HR Manager Is One of the Most Promising Careers

The job prospects for HR managers over the next decade are looking strong. HR manager ranked 35th out of 800 occupations in the U.S., based on new employment-projection data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and scored by The Wall Street Journal. HR is one of the fastest-growing fields in the U.S. Employment of human resource managers is projected to grow 7 percent by 2028, faster than the average for all occupations (5.2 percent). That translates to about 14,400 projected job openings annually.

No. 3: The Hard Truth About Soft Skills

Five recruiters were asked to share which skills they believed to be most crucial in today's hiring market. Two attributes—communication ability and emotional intelligence—came up time and again. Recruiters explained how these skills apply to specific managerial situations, and they discussed the soft skills of the future. 

No. 4: Workers Want Bosses Who Can Help Them Thrive

Workers most value a manager who is a problem-solver, decisive and compassionate and who can manage time effectively, according to a new LinkedIn Learning survey. "Employees want managers who can help them tackle challenges at work from start to finish. This means identifying the root cause of the problem and the right solution while helping employees think critically about how to approach similar challenges in the future," said Tanya Staples, vice president of product and content for LinkedIn Learning.

No. 5: Viewpoint: The Changing Role of HR

Here's the good news for someone entering the field in 2019: HR, with unlimited access to information and a handle on the most pressing issue facing executives today—how to find and keep people in a tight labor market—has the power, authority and influence to have a significant impact on the company's bottom line.

[SHRM members-only toolkit: Developing Management]

No. 6: Viewpoint: Your First 90 Days as a New Manager

Michael D. Watkins, author of a book on leadership transitions, The First 90 Days: Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013), and leadership expert George Bradt highlight key best practices. Managers with successful track records in new leadership roles also provided their insight and perspective on what drove their success.

No. 7: Viewpoint: What Not to Say in Written Communications

Employers have identified communication skills as the No. 1 trait they desire among recent graduates, as shown in data from the Job Outlook survey sponsored by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Communication was ranked higher than working in teams, decision-making and planning or organizing skills. Given the importance of communication in the workplace, it's critical to carefully consider the words you are using.

No. 8: Is Your Manager Preparing You for the Next Career Step?

Here are six examples of how managers prepare employees for future opportunities. Look for these traits in your current manager and remember to exhibit them when you are promoted to a management position.

No. 9: Managers Must Delegate Effectively to Develop Employees

Managers' primary job is to make sure that others are doing what they have been assigned so as to accomplish the organization's mission and goals. Often, managers think that they are delegating when they assign tasks to employees. Real delegation is assigning responsibility for outcomes along with the authority to do what is needed to produce the desired results. A major factor why this not done well in most organizations is that many managers have never received training in effective delegation. 

No. 10: Viewpoint: Putting Humanity into HR Compliance: Creating a Coaching Culture—Doing vs. Understanding

Instead of simply providing leadership training (the "understanding"), HR can help create and support a coaching culture (the "doing"). With a little guidance and support, executive coaching principles—designed for external coaches—can be scaled in a much broader way using line managers as the coaches. 


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