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Payroll, Recruitment, Pms
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Dear All,

I have 6 years of experience as a HR.I started my career with a consultancy(recruitment), joined a IT firm and got exposure in induction and again recruitment, now I am in a US IT MNC for past 2 years.Currently i am into recruitment, induction, payroll and HR operations work.I never had a boss in both the companies to guide me or teach me since all of them left as soon I joined the company.

I never got real exposure to a real Generalist HR role.

Till now I am into recruitment(is not my intesrest) and as far as other activities like appraisal, employee relations etc is concerned, I am only doing the operations part of it.

I want to be a hard core HR Generalist.I dont have scope to be one in my office for atleast next 1 year, since I am not equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience required for the same.So, I have to learn things on my own or else I cant survive in the market.

I have 6 yrs experience, but actually my seniors both inside and outside the company say that my experience is equal to 2 years.If I try for a job outside after few months or years, I wont get any job.
So, it's time to pull up my socks and get going!!!!!:mad:

Please let me know what should I learn now to survive in the market and how should I learn, since the market is very competitive.What is the expectation of the market from a 6 yrs experienced HR?



From India, Bangalore
You are correct Sonia market is competitive.. It happens with most of the HR guys they don't get good mentor or guide to atleast tell them basic of HR fundas or to tell them the path to reach their goals (not talking about spoon feed).. We ourselves have to learn and impliment things in the organization.. so try to find out what new things you can impliment on your own..
Invest in attending HR related training which will be useful for you in future.. Keep the learning an on going process by reading new books on HR or building up good HR network which will motivate you and you will learn new things..
You should have competitive advantage with u.. which will make u look different from rest of the crowd..
All the best!!

From India, Pune
I think instead of planning for HR Generalist role, 'Talent Management' would be the suitable stream for you. From the post it is understood that you got wonderful experience in recruitment and related operations. If you acquire more knowledge and expertise in pre-hire, hire and post-hire activities, that would add more value to your profile and a recruiter can find you focused.
Pre-hire: You may need to get expertise in job profiling, KPA/KPI , manpower planning & budgeting, attrition analysis etc
Post-Hire: Apart from induction, you can even go deep in to employee socialization, independent experiments in the areas of talent management, employee utilization etc.
Hire : This is your own area and definitely you can further add value by acquiring more knowledge and try/experiment new techniques

From India, Bangalore
I can understand your dilemma.

To start -

- Keep yourself updated on the happenings in HR.

- Increase your contacts by enrolling for SHRM / NIPM / NHRD or any other HR forum. Attend their seminars / workshop and try to analyse it from your org prespective.

- Pick up a case study and start discussing over it with your HR friends / contacts, ask for thier opinion.

- Hunt down process description... and analyse them from cost, time and effectiveness prespective. Infact i would suggest start analysisng everything from a cost, time and effectivness point of view. (I mean everything - your eating / clothing / spendings / investings / sleeping / waking etc)

- Every HR shoudl know where he / she is headed for and understanding the way to analyse and develop reports is the first step towards it.

- Set your own bencmark against the reports data. (eg: staffing cost was 100,000 in 2008. Keep an objective of reducing it to 50,00 for 2009.)

- You should be able to relate everything that you do in numbers and trust me you will gain a hang of it insometime and would love to do it.

- Case Study way is the best way. If you are facing a issue in your org, try to come up with a plan to answer the issue in a cost effective way.

- The more you do analysis the easier it will be for you to grab the idea of a HR genrelist.

Practice will make you perfect. Would be more than happy to help you out if need be. I believe in the fact that if i have more views / solutions to a problem the better it would be for me to reach a harmonious conclusion. I can be reached on

From United Kingdom, London
thank you so much all of you. Please also let me know if I can go for any kind of HR certification which would be of relevance. Any institutes offering such certifications?
From India, Bangalore
Dear Sonia m agree with Trinity-Morpheus, also join and here u will receive a news letter on daily basis. It will help u to learn about others parts. Raghubar
From India, Pune
Seek out a SHRM approved class that will prepare you for the PHR cerification exam. Focus your studies on the materials provided. Obtain your PHR certification then start preparing for the SPHR. You will be amazed at how quickly you get "up to speed". The knowledge you acquire along with that HRCI / PHR certification will give you the clout needed to get to that next level!
Best of luck!
Phillip Johnson, PHR

From United States, Washington
Yes Taz, I agree with you.I would have been a very technically competent HR by now in some good firm by now.But, all are not fortunate and lucky like you, dude!!
But, let me try improving rather than brooding :idea:
If you also help me out, I will be obliged.:(

From India, Bangalore
Hello everyone.I am Anureet from Punjab.I am graduate in Pharmacy and recently I have completed my MBA in HR.but now somewhere I am finding myself guilty of spoiling my pharmacy career by going for MBA since this combination is not workable which I understood very late.Kindly help me.
From India, Delhi
I am already earning lot of money without tension, but still not happy.Money doesnt give you everything.:x
From India, Bangalore

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