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I recently got my first salaried position as an HR assistant. I'm not exactly sold on the occupation as a lifelong career, but I have a hunch that much like many other business-related careers, there is a lot of suck early on which translates into a relatively more comfortable position as time goes by. At this point I am happy to be employed; however, I will have to begin thinking about getting the professional designation soon if I choose to stay the course and would like to hear the experiences of others.

Is there anyone here working in HR that can shed light on the profession? What industries do you work in? Are people working as generalists, recruiters, health and safety nannies, or in talent management? What can I expect in the position? Worst thing you ever had to deal with?

Outside of that... non-HR folks, feel free to share frustrating/funny/rage-inducing/ whatever stories about your experiences with HR. I am lucky enough to be in a non-traditional, very non-corporate work environment (digital media) so I would love to hear the worst you have to share as I haven't yet encountered the stereotype of the corporate HR drone yet.
post #2 of 7
Don't listen to anything I have to say and you should be happy that you have a job and I am sure that its a great opportunity for you but I can't think of a worse, less respected job in the corporate world than human resources. Any place I've worked, the janitors have been held in higher esteem. It seems to be a great place to throw in young pretty girls and useless older middle management types.
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post

Don't listen to anything I have to say and you should be happy that you have a job and I am sure that its a great opportunity for you but I can't think of a worse, less respected job in the corporate world than human resources. Any place I've worked, the janitors have been held in higher esteem. It seems to be a great place to throw in young pretty girls and useless older middle management types.

Heh, duly noted - to me, the field seems almost entirely extraneous and is more a byproduct than today's politically-correct workplace than an actual need for the department. With that being said, I don't see workplaces becoming any less burdened by all kinds of legislation, and somebody's gotta do the filing... it seems to be a field that will only grow in demand.

Everything I've ever heard about corporate HR is in line with what you said, though. I did do an internship at a corporate training vendor and given every position in the office was HR-related in its function, I didn't see much "ugh, HR" going on. The idea of being a typical corporate HR drone nagging people on the operations side of things seems dreadful to me, though.
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In my experience, HR is the liaison between management and the outside employment lawyers.
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In my experience, HR is the liaison between management and the outside employment lawyers.

+1.

You work for mgt...not the employees...
post #6 of 7
The company I work for's HR department is really tiny, relative to company size; and is split into 2 groups. First are the staff management types - pretty girls who are little more then secretaries.

Then there are the HR Analysts. These people, closer to Business Analysts/IT then traditional HR .. do some pretty heavy lifting around here. Here is one of the recent posting I saw:
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Desired Skills & Experience

This role will be responsible for:

Support the implemented Biz X modules of SuccessFactors
Provide training and support to HR users
Ensure all training guides are kept current and available to end users
Maintain process and related reporting documentation
Manage upgrades and enhancement (including testing and training activities)
Actively engage in related HRIS project work streams
Manage the overall occurrence of the BizX Suite for the company
Manage the configuration of the implemented modules
Proactively deal with process and system issues in partnership with IT, HR and SuccessFactors
Provide overall Systems governance in partnership with module SME’s

Education, Experience, Technical

Proven experience in the SuccessFactors BizX suite
Demonstrated technical expertise with SAP HR system and or similar system
Have a working knowledge of the core SAP HR implementation to understand integration points
Experience with governance models an asset
Exceptional attention to detail and the ability to thrive in a dynamic and changing work environment
Minimum three years of Human Resources experience with a HR diploma or degree

Candidate Profile

Skilled in managing multiple activities and uses resources effectively
Possess strong analytic skills; identify causes and develop solutions
Skilled in anticipating issues, problem solving and planning accordingly
Ability to build effective relationships with others using diplomacy and tact
post #7 of 7
HR is responsible for creating the bullshit type of job postings shown above. These people should be lashed.
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