Have you always liked being around people? Talking to them, finding out their passions in life, encouraging them to aim for the upper echelons of career, growth and professional development. Maybe you really get into the nitty-gritty of managing people, coordinating groups, finding out their problems and possible solutions...all within a social atmosphere and environment that oozes compassion, teamwork and friendliness.
If you’ve been nodding your head in affirmation all along, then perhaps a job in Human Resources as an HR professional might be your ultimate calling. While you agree to all the qualities we’ve listed above, there’s much you have to do and learn.
Don’t worry, we’ll tell you as much as you need to know about the world of Human Resources — the skills you need to master, the job responsibilities, eligibility criteria, the jobs and roles, including the hiring companies and so much more.
Without further ado, let’s get started about what it truly means to be a successful HR professional in India, the various requirements of the job, and your chances of landing one in the best firms across the country.
1) The Big Q: What is the function of HR professionals in any industry or sector?
Well, that would totally depend on the industry you’re in, the nature and operations of your company, and finally, your role in the company as an HR professional. All of these parameters will dictate if you’re to focus on one aspect of the HR or handle multiple tasks.
In the case of the former i.e., a particular area of an HR job, you could be given the responsibility to consult with the higher ups and the executives, contribute towards strategic planning or help the business and its leaders connect with their employees.
Multiple roles or a particular area, that’s the name of the game as an HR professional. Or you could say that HR professionals are split into two spectrums —HR specialist and HR generalist.
If you want to take up the role of an HR specialist then your on-the-job duties would most revolve around specific HR work. But this work that you do will mostly focus on either training or recruiting. In most of the large companies and businesses, HR specialists are usually engaged in training, recruiting or both.
On the other hand, HR generalists constantly organize and cope with a variety of undertakings. It could be a number of things that you handle as an HR generalist: pre-screening of potential employees, recruiting, screening, interviewing of shortlisted candidates, onboarding of selected candidates and induction.
And that’s not all. HR generalists also get into the thick of things and oversee payroll, employee benefits, conflict resolution, employee training, and employee relations. Some HR generalists must also shoulder the additional responsibility of handling administrative duties which may include the planning, coordinating and directions the various functions of the company.
There is definitely a fine line that divides the roles of an HR specialist and an HR generalist. It’s more of a blur between the two. And why not? Both HR specialists and generalists have almost similar duties. What’s more, the skills that both possess and the qualities required for both roles overlap at all times.
So, that’s good news, you won’t have to pick one and forget the other. You can start out as an HR professional, get to know whatever there is to know about both HR generalists and specialists, and finally pick one on the basis of your interests, experience and passion.
We’ll have you know that there are many HR roles that you can choose once you get more clarity about the job. You can choose to be a trainer, HR clerk, payroll specialist, HR clerk, development coordinator, HR assistant and so on.
2) Do I need a degree to be an HR professional?
Yes, you will require a degree. But you do have two options when it comes to the degree you will have to pursue to become an HR professional. You could either go for a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Human Resources(HR) or a Master’s Degree in Human Resources.
Please be advised that while the aforementioned are the educational requirements for a career in Human Resources(HR), employers may have a variety of needs and wants which every candidate needs to fulfil. For example, for a vacant HR executive position, an individual with hands-on experience in HR affairs might have an advantage over an entry-level HR professional. The requirements also heavily depend on the reputation and size of the company.
Although an experienced candidate might have an upperhand, never count yourself out of the race as your interpersonal, personality and people skills can dictate the overall outcome.
3) Do HR Jobs in India hold promise in a country like India?
Yes, HR jobs hold great promise for job seekers in India. You’re talking about a country where the startup culture is rampant. What’s more, there are homegrown conglomerates in India that possess global presence. And if that’s not enough, the biggest brands that are not originally from India operate in and out of India on some level. Many countries depend on our country to fulfil their HR obligations. As such, there is always a demand for Indian talent and workforce.
But let’s leave the talent, economy, and the country aside for a moment and talk about Human Resources as a career. Irrespective of the industry or sector, every organisation, big or small, requires HR professionals.
Having said that, bear in mind that work experience matters a lot. If you have experience in handling people from an industry that is similar to the industry you want to join next, then you definitely qualify as a superior candidate for the HR job as opposed to someone who’s not. For instance, if you have a few years of experience as an HR professional in an IT firm then you will definitely be in the box seat as compared to another HR professional from the creative industry.
As things stand, know that you will always have plenty of options as an HR professional because the nature of the role is such that it isn’t limited by any industry. Simply put, you will always have the final say in which industry you want to enter when looking for HR jobs.
To put things in perspective, the following are some of the popular industries(areas) that heavily recruit HR professionals in India.
4) What would an HR professional have to do upon joining a company? Can the various roles and responsibilities of an HR professional be elaborated?
Let’s take a look at some of the common responsibilities of an HR professional in India below.
Let’s just assume that you’re an entry-level HR professional who has recently acquired a degree in HR. So, how and where would you look for HR jobs? The best course of action for a fresher HR professional looking for a job is to apply to vacancies at small businesses and companies.
The reason is simple — HR job opportunities at smaller companies provide you with multiple opportunities to learn all the aspects of HR jobs, including the overall functions. This happens because smaller companies usually do not have openings for HR specialist roles.
Learning at smaller companies widens your understanding of HR functions and various responsibilities. In a way, you could say that starting out small prepares you for jobs at bugger organisations. What’s more, since you will get a feel of almost every aspect of HR, figuring where your interests lie and what specialisation in the HR world you would want to take up in the future will be all the more easier.
Now comes the part where you actually need to apply for HR jobs at companies. The basic rule to finding your area of specialisation is zeroing in on the industry and the employer. When choosing the organisation you want to work for, be sure to reflect your interest and personality. Doing this will convey to the potential employer that you seek a professional relationship at the workplace that delivers absolute meaning.
When push comes to shove and you, in reality, have to impress the employer or the interviewer, shrewdly craft your resume so that you stand out from the crowd. Make use of every space on your curriculum vitae. Of course, details such as skills acquired, work experience, education etc. are the key highlights of your professional growth and career.
But only mentioning these doesn’t necessarily mean that you should miss out on the finer and smaller details such as the subject line, the salutation for the interviewer, the structure of the resume, the content you put in it, the signature etc.is one of the first things everybody sees on the resume. Be strategic about every little detail on your resume — that’s the bottomline.
Do you know what’s elementary to HR jobs? Some would say the work experience, or a college degree from a prestigious institution etc. Yes, you could say that. But even more than these are your personality, communication and people skills. If you do get an opportunity to flaunt your communication and written skills, take it.
It’s also important to note that HR professionals are also expected to be well-groomed and smartly dressed. Make it a point to be professionally dressed and groomed, at all times, but especially during the interview rounds.
On Waah Jobs, just about any eligible candidate can sign up for HR jobs in India. We list the eligibility requirements for HR openings so that you know the criteria for such a role.
There have been instances where HR professional jobs have opened the doorway for promotions to other higher job roles in other departments. Also, getting an HR job puts your administrative and management abilities on display. In India, candidates who dream to be an HR guru have a postgraduate degree in HR(as mentioned up top).
On Waah Jobs, you can find HR jobs that are perfect for both entry-level & experienced candidates. On this page, you can find HR executive job openings advertised by the best companies in India.
Since all the HR jobs listed here are verified by our expert team of recruiters and AI-enabled algorithms, you can go ahead and apply the filters on the left-hand-side to shortlist all the HR executive vacancies in India that meet your own requirements.
Once you’ve done that, follow the steps given below to apply:
What then? All you have to do is wait for the recruiter to respond. To track the progress of your applications for HR jobs in India, you can click on the “Applications’’ tab up top.
Here are some of the benefits of working as an HR professional in India.
As mentioned earlier, you will need a degree to be an HR professional. Let’s take a look at the educational requirement in detail. It’s important to note that the field of Human Resources requires a specialized degree. Most of the universities in India teach this subject only at the postgraduate level.
Interested candidates who want to take up Human Resource Management(HRM) as a postgraduate specialization must’ve completed their 10th, 12th and graduation(any discipline) from institutes and universities recognized by the Government of India. Furthermore, to do a PG in HR, the aggregate marks in 1oth, 12th, and Graduation must at least be 50%.
Many colleges accept students for a PG in HRM based on the aggregate % they receive in their 10th, 12th and graduation. However, the premier institutes in India require students to sit through a competitive examination where their aptitude, personality and critical thinking abilities will be tested. On successfully making the cut-off, shortlisted candidates have to take part in Group Discussions and also appear for interviews.
The competitive examinations are usually for government-funded organisations. Bear in mind that in the competitive examinations, candidates who belong to categories, such as SC, ST, OBC(NCL), EWS, PwD, are offered some respite in terms of the cutoff where it may be lowered.
As for the skill requirements to excel in the field of HR, the following are what you should possess or work on. Again, organizations necessitate the following skills or traits.
1) Project management
HR jobs require professionals to handle many projects. You could say that HR professionals are always pursuing, managing, and planning projects. They could be organising events or formulating(altering) organizational policies. If you’re a seasoned HR professional then it’s always best to highlight the details of the projects you handled. However, if you’re a fresher, you can jot down details of the HR-related courseware or completed internships in your resume.
2) Knowledge or skill in HR software
HR software systems are intrinsic to an HR professiona’s roles and responsibilities. While you may not be familiar with HR systems and software, make it a point to highlight your desire to learn new things.
3) Listening skills
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — a true HR professional is a people person who excels at solving their problems. That said, you can only solve problems if you have the often-ignored trait of good listening.
This unique skill is something you should develop from the get-go. Or polish if you have it already. If you’re looking for a new HR professional job then make it a point to put your listening skills on display. Maybe you could mention instances where you solved problems faced by employees(or people) by listening to their grievances.
Waah Jobs is the right place to start your hunt for HR job opportunities in India. We have an assortment of HR executive jobs, from part-time HR executive jobs in India to permanent HR manager career opportunities for freshers and experienced.
On our platform, you can be assured of finding jobs in the HR domain. Not only that, but you can also seamlessly search for HR executive openings on the basis of your qualification. Once you sign up on our platform and set your filters based on salary, education, company, etc., free alerts about any new Human Resources employment opportunities in India will be sent directly to your email inbox.
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1) How much can I earn as an HR Generalist in India?
Here's what we have found for HR Generalist jobs in India according to recent compensation software and data reports.
2) How much can I earn as an HR Specialist in India?
Here's what we have found for HR Specialist jobs in India according to recent compensation software and data reports.
3) How can I find an HR job in India?
4) What is the application fee to be paid by job seekers for HR jobs on Waah Jobs?
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