As the head of HR for a company in a growing tech sector, you’re not just an HR person, but also a key cog in the hiring and firing process.
It’s easy to lose track of who you should be focusing on, and where you need to focus your attention, says Mark Naylor, president of the consulting firm Naylor & Associates, in a video that shows you how to find out what you’re best suited for.
We’ve created this guide to help you become the best HR manager for your company.
Understand your career paths.
You might be surprised by how many HR roles involve the use of a specific role-tracking system.
“Hiring managers, HR consultants, and senior managers all have to use HR tools and systems to get hired, and most of these tools and solutions aren’t well-designed and implemented,” says Naylor.
“It’s important to understand your career path and be aware of the role that each job might have.
What you’re good at and what you might be best at are going to be different.”
Look at the job description.
Asking yourself, “What is my best fit?” will help you find your best fit for the role.
It will help to review the job descriptions of the people in the job and how you might fit in the team.
If you’re looking for a new HR manager, look at the positions in the industry where you have experience and see how they can fit your needs.
For example, if you have the experience of a C-level manager, you might find the position in your industry a great fit.
Look for opportunities in other industries.
A HR professional can be hired for the same job with the same salary, but the employer might want to hire someone with the experience, skills, and abilities that the new HR person has, says Nathan.
The HR team might want someone with a broader experience in the field.
This person might have to know more about the business and understand the company’s culture, says Sareen R. Khan, founder and CEO of Sareens Global HR consulting and research firm.
This will help them find a job that best suits them, which can also be a positive thing.
Ask for references.
Ask your HR manager to send you references for other HR professionals who might be qualified to fill the job.
This could include a job search for a team leader or project manager.
For a job with a HR department, ask for references from the same department or agency that hires the HR person.
If a position has multiple HR positions, you should also ask for help from outside HR departments to narrow down the search.
“In most cases, if someone is qualified for the job, it’s very unlikely they’ll be hired,” says Khan.
Know your job description and the job needs of the industry.
HR teams often hire different HR professionals depending on the job they’re working in, so it’s important that you know what you’ll need and can get in line with.
“For example, an HR professional working in the healthcare field may be better suited to fill a senior roles, while an HR manager with a different area of expertise might be better able to fill HR roles,” says R.K. Khan.
“This is especially true if you’re a new hire and you want to know what the requirements are and how the HR department can better fit your skills and needs.”
Use a job-tracking tool.
A job-tracker like Glassdoor is an invaluable tool to help identify what you need in your job, says Khan, and if you find a position you want, you can compare it with the job postings to find the right fit.
Work with HR professionals.
HR professionals are experts in the area of HR, and they can help you narrow down your options for a specific HR position.
“If you’re considering a job in the tech industry, be sure to speak to your HR team for advice on what you can expect and how to get the best fit,” says Sreen Khan.
Be open to learning new skills.
The more you know about the HR industry and its needs, the better you will be able to meet those needs, says R Khan.
You can also learn from the HR professionals in your field and learn from them what they know.
If the HR manager you’re talking to has a great relationship with their organization, you may have an advantage.
Work from home.
If it’s a job you want and you don’t want to work from home, you will need to work remotely.
For HR professionals, it can be challenging to work with employees who work remotely, says T.M. Shah, vice president and general manager of the McKinsey Global Institute.
“The challenge for the HR profession is that most HR professionals don’t work remotely at all,” says Shah.
If working from home is an option, it will be best for you if you