Human resources is not for the weak-hearted. Managing the employee experience, recruiting top talent, overseeing benefits enrollment, and processing payroll just begin to scratch the surface of an HR practitioner’s day. All of those responsibilities require a select, unique set of skills and not everyone is cut out for the job.
HR conferences provide a great opportunity to meet like-minded professionals, learn new skills, hear expert advice, and stay up to date on industry trends and compliance changes. Attending an industry conference can be an investment in yourself, your career, and your current company.
Face it, we all love a good TED Talk. While they’ve become somewhat of a cliche in the professional world, akin to motivational quotes from Richard Branson or Wolf of Wall Street memes, they continue to fascinate viewers (this author included).
When it comes to salary negotiations, you might be better off negotiating for a comma in your title rather than just a pay raise. Namely’s HR Careers Report 2019 reveals a surprising salary disparity between two seemingly similar job titles: director, HR, and HR director. While both are director-level titles, employees with the former title earn significantly more than their comma-less counterparts.
If your title is director, HR, you can expect to collect an average salary of $138,929. Without the comma, just $109,181. Unconvinced? We were surprised to find that HR professionals aren’t the only ones getting short-changed. Namely data from over 1,200 companies reveals that the phenomenon holds just as much weight in other departments.
Conferences provide a unique experience, helping professionals to stay up on emerging trends, network with peers, and hear from industry experts. But with some of the year’s most popular conferences quickly approaching, it’s time to win your manager’s approval, so you can secure tickets, finalize your travel plans, and make the most of your conference experience.
With the exception of finance, HR is the department most familiar with employee salaries. It should come as no surprise that HR professionals know how to negotiate for competitive compensation. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that HR specialists bring home a median amount of $59,180 and HR Managers an impressive $106,910—well above the cross-industry median of $44,668.
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In the age of job-hopping, data reveals that it is actually advantageous for HR professionals to move around regularly to ensure that they are receiving competitive compensation. Considering a new job? If relocation is an option, you can now take into account the average HR salary of different regions.
HR professionals spend so much of their day preoccupied with the needs and wants of their workforce, but what about their own HR careers? Whether you’re just starting out or consider yourself a seasoned HR pro, there’s no time like the present to step back and think about your personal career goals.
I pursued a career in HR because I have seen firsthand how HR presence (or lack thereof) can make or break a business. Though I previously saw myself on the chief operating officer “track,” I came to realize that people operations should not be embedded within the business operations function. HR is a dynamic field, and the challenges faced today are different than those of the past. Employees represent most companies’ biggest expense, and this investment needs to be managed as intensively as any other.
Whether you’re just starting your HR career, looking to network with other professionals, seeking a professional certification, or need an outside source for industry trends, joining an established HR association or organization is a great way to expand your exposure to the field.