For a fresher or 1-2 year experienced HRD candidate whats a better opportunity?
A recruiter or an HR executive role in big Corporates with huge manpower, or,
As an HR Manager in small start-up companies?
Please share your opinion with reason.

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Sharmila Das

Dear Ms. Avantika1909,

Though experienced abou 1-2 years or with NO experience, it's always the learnings that takes to the apex. You may not clearly imply that joining in a bigger firm you are sure to learn things that needs to be instigated.

Can you yourself justify being a Manger -HR for a small firm that delivers huge clientele or presuppose that you end up an executive with an outsized company?

No matter whatever you get to do for educating & stepping forward choose that. As per the proposing Human Resources areas there are few things which you need to concentrate -

- Recruitments & Selections

- Compensation

- Payroll

- File Keeping - Personal files, confidentialrecords

- Labour laws, disciplinary procedures, labour compliance

- New staff orientation, Employee Handbook, Safety & Health of employees, Career planning

- Employee Communication - Newsletters, Recognition programs, Performance appraisal.

- Employee exit, Retirement Programs and Employee Assisting programs and many more....

You need to self- evaluate for the benefit of knowledge in mapping an entire department exactly where consistency proves reliability -- then you are SUCCESSFUL. By this time I hope you know what to do.

From India, Visakhapatnam

Dear Sharmila Thanks for your valuable advice!! I still have a question- dont you think that some proper guidance is required from experienced Manager?? Thanks Avantika
From India, Calcutta

Small companies, especially start-ups, have big challenges since one has to define & introduce HR policies & processes. Simultaneously, you have to launch & implement the same. This requires not only convincing the management, but also making the employees appreciate the need for these processes. This needs a creative urge, presentation & communication skills, convincing power, ability to accept non-sense, a flexible approach to redefine/ modify processes (to suit the dynamics of your company environment) and tremendous patience at all times. In case you have these attributes as a part of your personality, you can fit well as a one-person HR in a small company. And once you succeed, despite all odds, you develop the confidence to be able to steer HR in any environment. Thereafter you can graduate into mid size/ large companies.
All depends on your personality & attitude. So do some introspection & decide. You will be successful if you follow the voice from within.

From India, Delhi

Hai avantika,
friends sharmila, bhatia have given best threads, one have told whole responsibility in organisation and another told the real experience in hr.
The positive attitude people only get success in the hr profession. One should use common sense in their day to day work. What is common sense it is decided by the situation. Not only the hr person should bear with the non sense first and should be balanced in all circumstances.
Knowledge is the power and expression is gift to mankind. Not only hr person, in private sector all the responsible persons should use knowledge and expressions in very preciously to lead the position.

From India, Visakhapatnam

Look at the job profile and opportunities for learning but not at the size of the company and your inclination to learn, grow and lead shall be the criteria in choosing the company.To extract a kilogram of gold, you need to mine a tonne of soil.Are you prepared for it?That's how you add value to your talent and skills and will be in a position to trade your skills to get what you want in your career.All the best.

From India, Mumbai

Dear Avantika,

Choosing each one got it's own characteristics. From my experience I can advocate taking up the HR Manager in a start up company. The reason being, it depends on how you are going to take it. If you got the zeal and urge in you to learn things in a hard way which would add to your profile then it's most suited. Because either you would have half knowledge or no knowledge at all of your portfolio and thus you are compelled to know each and everything step by step,in the process you might commit errors and may miss some, never mind them, but it will definitely help you to master things and face any challenges at any level. Once you acquire basic knowledge on all HR related areas, especially legal provisions and procedures you crossed half way there and if you would master IR/Human Relations & man-management you'll be near to perfection. Such opportunities seldom you get in big organisation where you'll be allocated a small portion of HR from time to time . You should be lucky to work in other potions and by the time, by rotation, if you have to cover other areas you'll be superannuated only to become a Consultant after retirement.

On the other hand a Recruiter/HR Executive will be able to cover only that potion of the assignment during such period(s). And unless and until you are rotated to other areas you will not be able to learn nuances of HR especially legal issues.

It's like as the saying goes, "it's all whether you like to be head of a cat or just a tail of a tiger." You might be carried away by branding the tail as "tiger's tail" but what it matter is the "head" which is the life. Choice is yours.


From India, Bangalore

Thanks everyone for advice.!!
But I am feeling that there is lack of proper guidance as in my company only manager is me and rest other are technical geeks.
My boss/ director is also fresher in management side. How can that be overcome.

From India, Calcutta

MOREOVER in a small company (with 10-15 employees) people have easy access to bosses for their issues and there is lot of interference and micro-management. I am facing the issue of responsibilty without authority as well :(
From India, Calcutta

Hay Avantka,
The entire world is before you. It's all by yourself. You should be proactive and push forward. The interferences shouldn't be looked at as such because when the Boss is interfering it means he/she shares your responsibilities, errors & misses. It's upto you to make impediments into achievements. For that you should be thorough in all legal provisions & procedures and keep posting all such references to the Boss as he should be know of these things. If he takes a decision which is against the legal provisions it's upto him to face the consequences. You should be careful enough to place on record what are all the penalties for noncompliances. On the other hand you will have the satisfaction of "I did what is just". Its your fortune that there exists none to compare your performances & misses & precedents. So all the best.

From India, Bangalore

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