Hr Manager
Avani Bhatnagar
Manager - Training & Hr
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Sundara Karthikeyan
Hr- Generalist
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Hello !!! All Seniors in HR !!!

I've seen many of my friends who've opted for HR specialisation in MBA or have pursued MPM course, face a great amount of difficulty in getting a "right job" early in their career.

1) As a fresher the immediate opening available is in Consultancies.
2) Even when I see the job portals, it's really tough to find a vacancy for "Generalist" profile.
3) Hardly 2 to 5% of students are placed in companies ( all type of firms- small,medium, large,MNC etc - except consutlancies)
4) So after spending few years in "recruitemnet" they are stamped/ labelled as recruitment executives & not enteratined for " Generalist profiles"

My queries:-

1) For such students/freshers/ executives - what is the way to enter in Generalist profile?
2) How do companies fill HR generalist profiles/ positions?
3) Can HR community help these candidates?
4) How should they plan career to be successful in HR?

I wish all the best to my friends, students/ freshers in HR & hope the resulting discussion will help them in bulding a solid career.

Expecting inputs,


i had the same queries too....i can answer the 2nd question that co. fill their generalist vacancies thru IJP i e internal job postings.there is one more reason that such vacancies are very few like 2 3 in number so the senior mgmt refers to someone they know..
Hi Amit,
Good post....
1) For such students/freshers/ executives - what is the way to enter in Generalist profile?
As u said, it is difficult to get in to generalist profile. I wud say, fresher can join consultany and start with recruitment. Down the time u can take up the additional responsibilties like Payroll, Benefits & training in consultancy itself. Such tat, one can get the knowledge in generalist role and which vl help in entering Generalist profile.
2) How do companies fill HR generalist profiles/ positions?
Companies look for minimum 2 years exp in generalist profile / depends on the company.
3) Can HR community help these candidates?
Good question. Eager to see the realism.
4) How should they plan career to be successful in HR?
See the answer of question no. 1.

hey chum can u tell me some good consultancies to start career with.I have ssen that the good consultancies work for placing others.
Hi Preet, Following are few reputed consultancies. 1. Ma Foi 2. Alp Management Consultancy 3. Adecco 4. Cerebrus - All HR Services 5. People one
Hi Manohar, HR Dept’s old name is Personnel dept and the name Personnel Dept is obsolete. But, people still use, especially in Manufacturing sector.
Hi, freinds I am also pursuing MBA from Sikkim Manipal University and I am confused to select the specialization subject in third sem, plz all of you suggest me what I can do
because I am working in taxation department but my background is not commerce

1) For such students/freshers/ executives - what is the way to enter in Generalist profile?

To get a core HR Generalist profile, you will have to make your searches right. Don't limit yourself to the location. Be willing to move out and explore new cities. Broaden your horizon in making searches. Be open to accept the work in a small organization. You can't right-away work in Airtel. Also, don't just confine yourself to work in one particular Industry, i.e., try your chance in new companies (for that, make google searches). Choice of Industries is numerous. BPOs, LPOs, Telecom, manufacturing, etc.

2) How do companies fill HR generalist profiles/ positions?

The bigger organizations fill the HR vacancies through references or word of mouth. You need to develop your networking skills.

However, sometimes the vacancies may be displayed in papers. Keep eyes open and make it a habit to check Times Ascent or any other Employment newspaper.

3) Can HR community help these candidates?

Yes. The HR Communities also serve as a pool of candidates posting their CVs. But they will call you only if your CV speaks for itself.

4) How should they plan career to be successful in HR?

Career Planning is not only for the HRs. Its for everybody doing a job. But to make career in HR, one needs much more diligence in eyeing the opportunities coming their way.

To get your career on the right track in HR, you don't begin work after the completion of your studies. If you are doing an M.B.A. or any course in HR, take all the assignments seriously. Your Internship can make a difference. Work so well that you leave an impression on the Employer (who you work for during the Internship) and the teachers (whom you submit the Project). Don't copy-paste the Project work. Do the things yourself. Select the HR topics that are very rare or in-vogue. Your teachers will guide you if you go wrong. Be up-to-date with the latest in HR through such HR communities or you may also read the HR magazines like Human Capital.

Now coming to the real world after the completion of your studies, post your CV on the job-portals (Naukri/ Monster, etc.), contact the people you know. Keep your Networking strong, check the employment papers.

I am sure you will succeed. One last thing: Don't keep your expectations too high. If you are getting a good HR profile in a small organization or a bigger, you may have to come down in your salary expectations. If the work is good, be willing to compromise initially. The future will show good results.

All the Best!

hey chum!!!11thanku for telling me about some consultanciesbut i have seen most of the times that the career section on these websites have no openings for HR. in that case how shall i go about it.Shall i search their aaddress and go to submitt my resume inm hand??
Hi Preeti, You are very right, step in direct to the venue and keep follwing up. I was doin, n it worked for me.....sure, u vl get a hold soon.....go hunt n keep rockin.......

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