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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-17-2005, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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I've been deciding on my major and was looking at human resource. Can anyone tell me anything that they've heard about this major. I guess I want personal opinions (as far as job security, etc...) rather than descriptions because I know the jist of what it's about. Thanks.
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You really need to research the major. I think HR is a bit different in real life application that what you are learing. Also the type of company you want to be employeed at will determine a lot of characteristics of your job.

I work for a fortune 500 company and we have learned to fear the HR person in our office. If you ever have a meeting and he shows up....say goodbye to your job. that's pretty much the only time we see him.

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1st thing is 1st.

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you're fired!

lol...Sorry, I forgot to add that I'm also already working as a recruiter for a temp. agency and to tell you the truth they call me the grim reaper because I like calling people and ending them off assignments, not cold hearted just tired of people not taking their jobs serious enough to keep it.

Even though I'm already kind of in HR, I haven't experienced being in an actual HR position from a corporate standpoint.
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If you like benefits administration it's a good field. That's a large part of it. Typically manager's, with some assistance from HR, do their own hiring. If disciplinary action is required HR excercises oversight to make sure everything is in order and appropriate action is taken. Dismissals are not done without the manager's involvement and documentation so, at least at our company, it's not like you're the grim reaper.

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I would think that HR would have the same stability as any other office job. If a company flurishes you will have a large work load and high job security, as a company shrinks your work load will as well as your job security

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All firing jokes aside, HR covers a wide variety of diff jobs. I currently manage an eLearning group that falls under the realm of HR. I would actually have a discussion with a college advisor or career counselor about the options that are open to you if you took on such a degree.
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Learn Spanish fluently if going into HR. You'll have alot more opportunities. Regarding job security, not sure if that exists anymore.

Best of luck.

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"Human Resources" is actually a very broad field. You can opt to pursue specialities such as Compensation, Benefits Administration, Organizational Development... or seek a Generalist role.

Recruiting is really more of a sales-type job than HR, although it does require some basic HR knowledge.

SHRM, the Society of Human Resource Management, is a good resource.

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Ohhhh, touchy touchy.......I hate HR... Not what it used to be and most are crotchety non helpful people that are fake and are not really for helping the employee...... RED tape bureaucracy is what the majority live for...

Sorry not to affend those that are in HR and do a great job, and are there for the people....

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Ohhhh, touchy touchy.......I hate HR... Not what it used to be and most are crotchety non helpful people that are fake and are not really for helping the employee...... RED tape bureaucracy is what the majority live for...
The HR at the company I'm at is very nice and very helpful all the time. Not to mention the HR office is stocked with hot chicks, I visit them everyday just to say hello!

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The HR at the company I'm at is very nice and very helpful all the time. Not to mention the HR office is stocked with hot chicks, I visit them everyday just to say hello!
So that is awesome, you are the exception... and I hope for that company, they are able to keep it that way and maintain the atmosphere.

HR shopuld be the rah rah for the people department, benefits, help, questions, concerns etc.

Not the Gastopo at the water cooler / break rooms.. I hire managers to take care of that and manage theri people and departments, do not need HR to police every nook & cranny of the company, they should be there for guidance and help in situations for managers and employes.


So glad to hear you have a good HR, most do not.....


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The Hot chicks is just a bonus in any position... yeah baby!!! That department having them is a bit ironic having hotties with all the Her'assment going aroung these days...opppps did I say that!.. Sorry

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I got my grad degree in Industrial Labor Relations (fancy term for HR) and now work as a software consultant. The degree got me in the door because I initially worked on HR software but other than that I hardly ever use what I learned. How many people actually work in the field they received a degree in? An HR degree should open plenty of doors.
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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-18-2005, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the insight, and the society for hr is def. a good website. It answered some of the questions I had. As far as it being a broad field, I'm not sure which particular field of hr to get into yet.

I do recruiting now and I love it and I don't have to worry about the sales part of recruiting so it takes a lot of pressure off my shoulders
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