What Your HR Resume Should Look Like After the Pandemic

Human resource practitioners have met an array of challenges during the pandemic. That makes now an ideal time for industry professionals to update their resumes.

“The pandemic turned the world of work on its head, requiring HR professionals to develop strategies, programs and procedures to meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly evolving workforce,” says Alyssa Gelbard, founder and CEO of Point Road Group, a New York City-based career consulting firm. “This resulted in development of new skill sets to effectively manage, recruit and onboard distributed teams; keep employees safe; drive remote engagement; and support new ways of operating. These skills should be reflected on their resumes.”

Tips for Becoming an HR Consultant

Some HR practitioners strike out on their own to follow a long-held dream of becoming their own boss. Others are thrust into self-employment after being laid off or furloughed, as has been the case for some during the pandemic.

No matter what path has led you here, becoming an HR consultant presents both opportunities and challenges. We spoke to HR professionals who have made the transition successfully for advice on how to plot and navigate this big career move.

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7 Tips for Starting a New HR Job Remotely

Byy now, millions of Americans have grown accustomed to working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic. And that’s not such a bad thing.

Despite many employers’ fears that output would suffer, recent studies have found that working remotely actually makes many employees more productive and engaged.

Furthermore, in a survey by PwC, most office workers (83 percent) said they want to work from home at least one day a week, and over half of employers (55 percent) anticipate that most of their workers will do so, after COVID-19 is no longer a concern.

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How HR Practitioners Can Grow Their Skill Sets

Like many professionals, HR practitioners have experienced furloughs, layoffs or reduced hours as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But there’s a silver lining: Having more time on your hands means you have an opportunity to focus on your professional development, which can be a game changer for your career.

“We live in a skills-based economy,” says Latesha Byrd, a Charlotte, N.C.-based professional career coach and consultant. In other words, many employers base their hiring decisions on a job candidate’s abilities; thus, having a robust set of skills makes you more marketable to employers.

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The 7 C’s of Becoming an HR Thought Leader

“Thought leader”―what does that even mean? It’s a phrase that has been overused to the point of being a cliché, yet it’s still a status many covet. While there’s no textbook definition of the term, a thought leader is generally a person whose thinking shapes that of others and spurs conversations within his or her field of expertise. The label has gained currency in recent years, since anyone with access to a computer now has the opportunity to influence multitudes.

“A thought leader is someone who professionals look to for advice or insight,” says Tamara Rasberry, SHRM-CP, principal HR consultant at Rasberry Consulting LLC in Washington, D.C. She, like everyone quoted in this article, is considered a thought leader in her own right, as a frequent contributor to HR blogs and on social networks.

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Original Onboarding Options from 4 HR Leaders

The war for talent isn’t won when Balloon Onboaringemployees walk in your company’s door. The challenge simply changes from hiring them to keeping them—and that battle begins on day one with effective onboarding.

Indeed, smoothly integrating workers into their positions—and the company’s culture—is critical, given that up to 20 percent of employee turnover occurs within the first 45 days of employment, according to research by O.C. Tanner, an employee recognition company based in Salt Lake City.

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