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Any organization that hopes to thrive in the trying market conditions of a global economy has to have an effective human resources department to manage its employees in an organized manner. Personnel requirements planning, recruitment, and managing the benefits and payroll are some of the most important functions of a human resources manager. An aspiring human resources professional should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant academic field, good communication skills, and a great deal of patience to function effectively. Human resources professionals enjoy a good pay and a fast track career progression because of the strategic nature of their organizational duties.

Every organization has a vision, mission, goals, and core objectives for which it was established. It is always the desire of every company or organization to use these set goals and objectives to achieve its vision and mission, ideally while maximizing profit, and raising the condition of its employees. In order for an organization to be able to achieve its set goals, objectives, vision and indeed its mission, it is imperative that the organization be well managed.

Human resources, commonly referred to as HR, is an organized and strategic way to manage an organization. Human resources involves the careful and professional management of employees to ensure increased productivity at the lowest possible cost, thus increasing profits. HR is a career, and therefore necessitates jobs in that field. The HR field is vast, with a considerably wide range of careers from which to choose.



The human resources industry has undergone expansive growth, thereby creating many jobs. Analysts indicate that the industry has grown rapidly over the past decade in comparison to previous decades. This growth is attributed to a growing need for organizations to manage their employees in a more professional manner.

There are many reasons why people choose HR as a career. When an HR worker shows promise and ability, he or she is more rapidly recognized and promoted, in comparison to many other fields. The field is dynamic. Rapid growth gives workers the opportunity to not only gain professional experience, but also promotes the development of career skills. Human resources is a social career, involving frequent interaction with other individuals. This necessitates more than an interest in pursuing HR as a career— there are innate personal attributes required for success in the field.

The ability to communicate well with a wide variety of people is one attribute that an HR professional should possess. Additionally, patience and dedication are key strengths in this career. As one of the more competitive and professional careers, it is important to note that minimum educational qualifications exist as a barrier to entry into the field. Most employers prefer a human resources candidate to have earned an undergraduate degree in a HR-specific major or related field. Human resources is a broad field with various job titles, and each specific HR occupation requires different and distinct qualifications. In addition to academic accolades, experience is also important, and always stands out as an added advantage over someone who possesses none in the field.

Organizations have introduced classes for employees already in the field to enhance their skills. Job opportunities have emerged with the rapid growth of the HR industry, and it is now easier than in the past to secure a job in the field. Business analysts anticipate increased growth in the near future if the trend continues. Human resources jobs are not only found in the private sector, but also in the public arena, some form of government employs HR professionals. Most of the HR jobs are carried out in the office as opposed to necessitating travel, which most consider a benefit, though HR positions can occasionally require even international travel, as is the case with any other professional sector.

The average income of an HR professional is relatively high. Although this depends on, among other things, the specific title that one holds, they are remunerated quite well with entry-level employees earning at least $3600.00 monthly. A major question corporations ask is, ''Why HR?'' Why does a big organization need an entire department, specifically to deal with its employees? The answer is quite simple and self-evident — employees play the most crucial role and are the life of an organization. The HR department is responsible for recruitment, and ensuing that the qualifications of every person hired most perfectly match the specific position to which they have been assigned.

The specific purview of the HR department varies by the organization. Each company possesses unique employee requirements, and as such, HR job titles also vary by organization. One of the specific titles one is likely to encounter is the HR Generalist. As the name suggests, the role oversees a broad spectrum of activity, and ideally should be able to deal with any matter that pertains to the field as a whole. Other titles one might encounter include the Employment Manager, Employment Interviewer, and Placement Manager. In mid-sized and large organizations, there may be an entire HR department with a HR Director managing operations as the senior executive tasked with the oversight of this crucial arm of the company. There is little doubt that human resources can dictate the present as well as the future of even the most powerful organizations.
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