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What is the best training for becoming a hirable hr generalist? What types of ongoing training or certifications are necessary to be an effective hr generalist?

What do non-traditional career paths look like?

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Holly Gray in Charleston, South Carolina

73 months ago

I am also looking for an answer to this question and hope to hear some answers soon.

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Ruben in San Antonio, Texas

60 months ago

Getting your PHRM or SPHRM certification. other career paths are recruiting, organizational development specialist, or specialized as compensation, benefits, in medical credentialing priviledging, and safety coordinator.

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HR Manager in Miami, Florida

58 months ago

My path was through the military. i got out and took a HR Internship, 2 months later accepted an HR position. I was lucky because the HR Coordinator at my company quit 2 weeks after I got there and they promoted me. 6 Months later I was promoted to HR Manager. i got my PHR certification 1 year later. If you are going to be in HR, get your certification. The reason that i say this is because there was so much information in the civilian world that I did not know. The class and books helped me so much. If you want to get into HR and you don't have the experience, try a small to medium size company. Build from there.

Read, read, read everything about laws. Network with other HR professionals.

Good luck.

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DS in Minneapolis, Minnesota

57 months ago

HR Manager in Miami, Florida said: My path was through the military. i got out and took a HR Internship, 2 months later accepted an HR position. I was lucky because the HR Coordinator at my company quit 2 weeks after I got there and they promoted me. 6 Months later I was promoted to HR Manager. i got my PHR certification 1 year later. If you are going to be in HR, get your certification. The reason that i say this is because there was so much information in the civilian world that I did not know. The class and books helped me so much. If you want to get into HR and you don't have the experience, try a small to medium size company. Build from there.

Read, read, read everything about laws. Network with other HR professionals.

Good luck.

Where do you get a PHR? Would an MBA be better?

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DS in Minneapolis, Minnesota

57 months ago

Where do you get a PHR certificate? Would you recommend an MBA or the PHR?

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Diva in Bloomfield, New Jersey

55 months ago

HR Manager, Miami florida, I am also looking for getting a certification in HR but came to know that you should have minimum 2 solid years of HR experience or you should be a recent graduate to be eligible to appear for the test. I qualify for neither so I cannot even apply for the certification....

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Frustrated in Dallas, Texas

54 months ago

I have been in HR for almost 7 years, and I have obtained my PHR. None of it is doing me any good. I have been a coordinator for the majority of the time, and I am so tired of being passed over. I've done everything that has been suggested, "talk to the people that do what you want to do", "get a mentor", "get your PHR", "start as a coordinator". I've done all of the above, and still am in a dead-end job.

I have worked my fingers to the bone, and it has gotten me nothing. I hope you all have better success than I have.

DS, I would recommend that you get your MBA. The PHR is less expensive, but it is an ongoing expense that can be taken away if you let it lapse. No one can take away your Masters degree unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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JD in Oakland, California

53 months ago

I haven't been able to get into HR even with an MBA! The job market is so tought and competitive that companies are hiring younger and more attractive employees. I am 48 and a WMA,
At least I have my sucerity job that barely pays my bills. Otherwise I would be homeless, and then have to worry about paying my health care in a few years. Life is angst right now.

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J Mahan in Seabrook, New Hampshire

52 months ago

JD in Oakland, California said: I haven't been able to get into HR even with an MBA! The job market is so tought and competitive that companies are hiring younger and more attractive employees. I am 48 and a WMA,
At least I have my sucerity job that barely pays my bills. Otherwise I would be homeless, and then have to worry about paying my health care in a few years. Life is angst right now.

I feel all of your pain. I am a young MBA graduate with my PHR and I struggle everyday to get back into the HR field. After having to have two major operations that took me past my FMLA I lost my first HR job of two years. I almost feel like I have to take my MBA off of my resume just to get a job answering phones somewhere. My husband is disablied and I am on the brink of losing everything that I have; my house, cars and more. I have already lost my health insurance as I can not afford cobra. So much for human resources being a good career path for the up and coming generation. I wish I had answers for me and for all of you. The only thing I can say is to keep trying and never give up. Our Country is in a bad way right now and jobs are far and few between. Good luck to you all...

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Kathy Anderson in Harperwoods, Michigan

52 months ago

Frustrated in Dallas, Texas said: I have been in HR for almost 7 years, and I have obtained my PHR. None of it is doing me any good. I have been a coordinator for the majority of the time, and I am so tired of being passed over. I've done everything that has been suggested, "talk to the people that do what you want to do", "get a mentor", "get your PHR", "start as a coordinator". I've done all of the above, and still am in a dead-end job.

I have worked my fingers to the bone, and it has gotten me nothing. I hope you all have better success than I have.

DS, I would recommend that you get your MBA. The PHR is less expensive, but it is an ongoing expense that can be taken away if you let it lapse. No one can take away your Masters degree unless there are extenuating circumstances.

I have a Master Degree and still can't find a job in HR. I don't have the PHR, maybe I need to get one, what do I have to lose at this point. I have three years of experience in HR on the Labor/Employee Relation side, but still can't land a HR job. For someone who is out of work that HR Certification test is costly. But I am gona have to fine a way to bite the bullet and pay for it. It less expensive if I am employed and taking it with a qroup ofco-worker, but I am unemployed so I have to come up with $600. This is sad.

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Joanna Mahan in Hampton, New Hampshire

52 months ago

I have my MBA and my PHR and I CANT get ANY jobs in the HR field since my last position which was as an HR Generalist at a hospital employing more than 1000 employees. I ran the entire workers compensation program, did all the benefits admin, new hire orientation, new hire paperwork/I-9s ect...and STILL CANT FIND WORK since I recovered from two major surgeries. I wish I had somethin more positive to say, but I am in the same boat and always looking for advice also!

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marimar in Phoenix, Arizona

38 months ago

DS in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: Where do you get a PHR certificate? Would you recommend an MBA or the PHR?

To be eligible for PHR certification you need to have following:
1 year of HR experience with MBA or
2 years of HR experience with Bachelor degree or
4 years of HR experience with less then Bachelor degree
You can obtain your certification on HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute); Here is the link for more information: www.hrci.org/
I hope this will help

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MsJones08@comcast.net in Denver, Colorado

31 months ago

Hi JD: not sure if you've secured employment since this post; just wanted to share: this company: www.davita.com; they are a a FORTUNE 500® company, and leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita strives to improve patients’ quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient health-management services. As of September 30, 2011, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 1,777 dialysis facilities, serving approximately 138,000 patients. DaVita supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world. The company’s leadership development initiatives and social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu.

AWESOME company; growing like crazy. I was a patient AND team member with DaVita; sadly, my boss was terminated and my position eliminated, but I'm still trying to get back on (no degree). Just thought I'd share!

Success to you!

elaine

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