Steps toward securing a career in HR

Steps toward securing a career in HR

Singapore - You've spent the last few years working in a regular corporate job and would like to make the switch into HR. But are you cut out for the role?

According to Joanne Chua, manager of HR division for headhunting firm Robert Walters, having a degree in HR, personnel or any other related disciplines would be an advantage in securing an HR role. However, you need not worry if you do not possess these qualifications as there are other indirect routes to becoming an HR professional.

For instance, companies often allow internal transfers from within the same company. People with related majors in business, sociology, social sciences or psychology could also very find themselves considered, especially for junior positions, Chua adds.

As HR is all about soft skills, it is crucial that HR professionals have the capacity to possess a genuine passion for people development, Chua says. "As equally important would be the ability to build and manage relationships whilst networking with different levels of people within the organisation," she adds.

But those looking to make a switch into HR should be aware of any difficulties he or she may face when moving across divisions. For a high-performing sales professional, one of the biggest challenges may be a dip in monetary compensation, as the person's salary is no longer tied to sales targets like before.

"That said, a sales professional with an excellent understanding of the business function in a sales environment would make an exceptional HR business partner with a focus on sales roles," Chua adds.

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