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Human resources assistant jobs are HR jobs which are usually considered the first step in a human resources career. Human resources administration and management is a vibrant profession with a lot of variety. It requires high level communications skills, attention to detail, diplomacy, firmness, and accountability. If you want an HR career, you will usually need a bachelor's degree in a human resources major, though some organizations will accept majors in organizational psychology, industrial psychology, labor relations, and similar fields. While HR assistant jobs can stand on their own, they are often seen in the context of an HR career path. As such, a lot of people applying for HR assistant jobs in larger companies are university graduates trying to get a foot in the door. It can therefore be difficult to obtain these positions if you do not have higher qualifications and are not truly interested in obtaining them.

It is therefore not surprising that employers often seek human resources graduates to fill HR assistant jobs. By employing career-minded individuals seeking a first position, employers are able to gain the benefit of intelligent, educated employees who can be utilized broadly and effectively at relatively low costs to the given organization. HR assistant jobs are then used to prepare employees to take higher level positions within a company and to encourage internal promotions. Employees, however, may have a different idea, using the job as a stepping stone to better human resources jobs in other organizations.

It is therefore important to have competitive educational qualifications in order to obtain the best HR assistant jobs. Some positions may only require an associate's degree, but to be promoted you will usually need to have an appropriate bachelor's degree. It is therefore important to be willing to continue your studies or to complete a four-year college degree before applying if you are seeking an HR career. HR assistant jobs in smaller organizations may be able to stand alone and apart from any career path. You will get a sense of where an organization is coming from by reading their selection criteria and contacting their HR contact directly.

There is usually a lot of competition for human resources jobs, so it is important to give yourself every possible competitive advantage. You need to be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in the HR field as well as to express a clear vision for your future. Don't be wishy-washy. Be willing to have clear goals and career objectives. It can also give you an edge to know something about the organization you are applying to. Read everything you can about them so that you can answer any questions thrown at you in an interview and also to be able to convincingly explain why you would be an ideal employee for the company.

Online job sites are probably the easiest way to locate HR assistant jobs. Look for the largest job sites and search by category and location to quickly find HR assistant jobs in your area. You can also request email alerts to inform you of any new jobs that fit your requirements. This is a much quicker way to search for jobs than wading through newspaper employment ads because a job site will only show you the ads which fit your search criteria. Smaller specialist job sites can also be excellent sources of human resources jobs. These sites only advertise human resources positions and as such may have jobs advertised that you won't find on the bigger job sites. Professional human resources associations may also advertise industry jobs, so it is worthwhile to become a member and keep an eye on opportunities available to members. Professional membership also enhances your credibility in the eyes of an employer.

Employment agencies can also be a source of HR assistant jobs, but recruitment companies which specialize in human resources are more likely to attract HR positions. These companies do advertise their positions, but it is a good idea to contact them directly to enquire if any open positions currently exist. You can also find out if they supply temporary staff because sometimes a temporary position can lead to a job offer.

If you are a college student seeking a human resources career and have a lack of experience to overcome, consider undertaking human resources internships during vacations. These opportunities can give you on-the-job experience that you can include in your resume. They will also increase your confidence when approaching job interviews because you will already have experience in a corporate environment.

Before applying for any HR assistant jobs, you need a professional looking resume. Make sure that it is clearly laid out and does not have any spelling or grammatical mistakes in it. Your letters of application should clearly address the specific selection criteria for each job, so don't make the mistake of sending the same letter for different positions. If you have ensured that you are qualified, have added to your experience by interning during college, and send professional looking applications, you will have an excellent chance of being given an interview. Dress well, be professional, be ready to answer and ask questions, and bring documentary evidence in a portfolio for any claims you make.

By taking these simple but strategic steps, you will have a competitive advantage over most other applicants and will be in an excellent position to obtain the HR assistant job you desire.
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