I love HR. But in all honesty, sometimes I forget why I love it. There are so many bells and whistles these days, so many technology-driven tools, so much reliance on social media, that I sometimes lose sight of HR’s core function: finding great jobs for great people in great organizations. When that happens the way it should and often does (and too often doesn’t) there is a bone-deep satisfaction.
HR changes lives. It’s as simple (and profound) as that.
The Changing Work Of HR
As mentioned, however, it’s become a lot more complicated than it used to be in the days before technology turned the world into a global talent pool and sophisticated data-mining software made talent-hunting and winnowing so scientific. Don’t get me wrong. These tools are a good thing. A great thing even. Technology and social media have taken a lot of the guesswork and gut-work of HR, and enabled organizations to find stellar talent with speed and pinpoint precision. But mastering these news tools requires the right mindset, software and skills. HR is and should always be at the forefront of leading the charge for change and adaption.
Let’s take a look at the top HR competencies you should lookout for this year.
5 Top HR Competencies For 2014:
1) Applicant Tracking Software. Successful HR pros need to master this software. It’s the mothership that allows you to find talent and then manage it through the entire application and hiring experience.
2) Big picture thinking. The great HR pros know they don’t exist in a vacuum. They’re part of an organization and they have to stay (at least) one step ahead of where the organization is going. When you see a future need, prepare to fill it with the right talent. That way when the opening becomes official, you can hit the ground running. Analyze your organization’s short- and long-terms needs, and plan accordingly.
3) Human Resources Information System. This essential software streamlines the management of HR departments and employees alike. It frees up leaders from many prosaic tasks and allows them to focus on finding and hiring superior talent.
5) Talent management and people skills. Yes, we live in a technological age, but HR at its heart is about people, not technology. Stellar talent won’t stick around if it’s not well managed. Coaching, benefits, perks, partnerships for personal growth are all essential tools.
My passion for HR is what drives me. It gets my adrenaline and endorphins flowing. We are fortunate to be in a field where we can build careers and enhance lives, and foment creativity, productively and profits. Master these 5 competencies and you will see results. The kind of results that make a difference. That build a culture employees can rally around. That utilize collaboration and continuous growth. After all, when you’re passionate about HR, you’re at the core of human capital management.