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What skills so I include to my resume to find an entry level HR position?


Guadalupe Montalvo Watertown, NY

Looking for entry level positions within HR. What skills are a must have? Does an entry level candidate required to have an HR certificate?

19 March 2020 6 replies Resumes & Cover Letters



Jerry Welsh Middleville, MI

The above answers are great and informative. As the person responsible for your transition, you should be researching the information you asked-know what you need in your career of choice. First congrats on narrowing your choice to one career, many senior military list up to 4 careers and then wonder why no one responds to their LinkedIn profile or a resume. Two major sources for you 1) informational interviewing: research the subject and target companies or firms you may have interest in. The key is "you are seeking help/assistance in gathering information about the HR career field". Narrow your questions to focus on what an HR professional will share with you about their career. Try to encourage them to engage a conversation about what they like about their career, why they moved into it and if they could do it over, what would they change about getting into the career. You will find plenty of research models on how to conduct an Informational Interview. Key you create a polished introduction so you can get past the gate keeper. Plan on setting up an appointment for a call, and do not ask for more than 20-30 minutes. NEVER ASK OR REFER YOU THAT YOU ARE SEEKING EMPLOYMENT THIS IS INFORMATIONAL GATHERING PURPOSES. 2)Look at joining online LI or Facebook professional associations for HR professionals. Many of these trade professions have monthly face to face meetings(when COVID is over). In these group settings, be sure and mention you need assistance in gathering career information and requirements for entry into the career field. 3) I will throw in a final route, especially with the lack of face to face; look at positions postings on Indeed and other online job boards. This is where you can see actually what companies are searching for, you will notice a lack or similar titles i.e. a Director Level at a big company will be much different than at a 100 person organization. Be sure to set salary parameters so you will looking at positions that meet your financial requirements. Here a couple of articles on LinkedIn profiles and how to career search from LinkedIn.
. Good examples of “to the point” profiles are Domonick Steward, Information Technology Specialist | ISSO | Security+ and Jack Eisenhauer, Global Supply Chain. All have had long careers, but emphasized experiences and accomplishments that offer examples of the career they are searching for.
Again, TAG line concise to a career field, short summary of your qualifications, and accomplishments with #$% to accent value will keep recruiters reading. Again, LI profiles create connections to a request for the resume. Remember that you are part of the 0.5% of Americans who serve their country. You are very well respected, but the chance civilians have been part of the 0.5% simply means they will not understand your language or experiences-without translation. Thank you for your support and sacrifices. God Bless

23 March 2020 Helpful answer


Henry ("Dr. Hank") Stevens Fort Lauderdale, FL

Some "out of the box" thinking for you to consider - from a well-seasoned H-R professional who has now transitioned into vocational counseling and retirement after MANY years of H-R work!

Give some serious thought to the prospect of working H-R in healthcare. They may not present the most glamorous side of H-R but it is there in the hospital-trenches you will learn some broad skills necessary to proceed with your human resource career.

Where to start? Identify the name and contact information of your local hospital Director of Human Resources and request an "informational interview." Be sure to have your resume ready but wait to be asked for it! Do the same with another local hospital and get that person's take on the career field, too.

Give some SERIOUS thought to the TALENTS necessary to do the job. Sure, everyone wants to know about your education and experience; but throughout my career, it was the people who had the TALENT that brought success to the department - and NOT the education or experience they brought to the table.

EDUCATION is fine, but to me, it means that someone CAN learn and has demonstrated that they have learned. EXPERIENCE is also fine, but that means the person has some exposure to the problems at hand. Not very valuable. As an HRD, I can readily expose the EE to MY problems which will require a different set of experiences to solve.

All of which, baits three questions: 1 - what are the TALENTS necessary to do the job you are contemplating filing, and 2 - Just what are YOUR talents? 3 - Is there a correlation between the two?

But for one simple example: Would you hire an introvert (talent) for a customer-facing receptionist position? I think not.

IF you are not clear about what YOUR talents are, there is a great assessment tool (free) that will help guide you. They also have an on-site interpretation of the results that may point you in a good direction too. If you have some difficulty interpreting the results and would like my off-channel assessment (also free), please provide me with the 4 letters and the percentage of each [should look something like I-42, N-8, T-45, J-50] to my e-mail address

The web site for the assessment address is:

Regards, Dr. Hank

22 March 2020 Helpful answer


LaVera Caston Plano, TX

Go to this website, HigherEdJobs and look up HR jobs. Then look up requirements. What experience do you already have? Do you understand HR knowledge, skills and abilities?

21 March 2020 Helpful answer


Jeff Martin Ashburn, VA

An HR certification can help and almost never hurts your chances. I would recommend that you review job postings carefully and tailor your resume to the specific requirements and recommendations listed in the posting. Recruiting jobs are sometimes a good way to break into the HR field, especially contract recruiting where you can often get a chance without experience and can show results in a pretty short time if you’re good at it. Hope that helps. Good luck.

20 March 2020 Helpful answer


Jerrica Moses Arlington, VA

Excellent question. HR can be a challenging field to break in to. I want to preface by recommending to review each job posting and tailor your resume accordingly. It’s also important to remember there are multiple functions within HR: benefits, personnel, compensation, training/development, and staffing. Be sure you are targeting the correct function

As someone mentioned earlier, education is important, but talent and experience will shine through for HR folks. Highlight your talents- leadership, eye for detail, communication, people management, change management, etc. Review job postings for entry level HR roles to get an even better idea.

Certifications will never hurt, but I don’t think it’s necessary for an entry level position. Once you advance in your career, it’s certainly something that will only help you grow.

Most of all, network, network, network! Trade shows, open houses, engagement on LinkedIn, connecting with the right folks… In this day and time, apply and waiting is not enough. It’s a tough market, and having the correct network can better assist in landing a role.


Deb Yeagle Tampa, FL

Thanks for your service! In today's world, the primary skill that an HR professional needs at any level is the ability to stay current with new and emerging laws and regulations that affect the HR field. The value of a certification from SHRM or other accrediting body is not in the certification itself, but in the value of the network and resources you have access to through membership in SHRM. Yes, earning a certification shows you have mastered the skills you need, but it's more important to be able to reach out and access the latest information on topics such as Affordable Care Act, Diversity & Inclusion, and now COVID-19, and understand the effects not only on a federal level, but state-by-state and even internationally, to support a global workforce.
Hope this helps give you food for thought.
Thanks again and good luck!

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