Timely Ascent: The Upsurge in Human Resources

Human resources as a profession is currently enjoying a bit of a renaissance. The traditional roles and job functions of HR managers and directors are being reinvented, as HR people

Human resources as a profession is currently enjoying a bit of a renaissance. The traditional roles and job functions of HR managers and directors are being reinvented, as HR people increasingly play leadership and strategic roles within their companies. Long gone are the days when merely interpreting employment laws, explaining employee benefits and managing workplace conflict were nearly all that was expected.

The modern HR director plays a clear leadership role, influences company strategy, and effectively structures the organization for optimal performance. With an expanded role, of course, comes greater responsibility, more recognition and higher salaries and benefits.

JOBS, JOBS, MORE JOBS

Human resources professionals are enjoying a period of job growth within their industry. That’s partially due to the expanded role that HR is playing everywhere. Job listings are increasing, and HR job availability is projected to grow at an impressive rate over the next several years, despite a mixed-bag of overall economic trends. And salaries continue to rise steadily.

It’s an ideal time to earn a human resources certificate or human resources certification, or both. You’ll certainly be more marketable, and you can set yourself apart as a candidate who is serious about career advancement and dedicated to the profession. Those fancy letters after your name are as attractive to hiring managers as they are to you.

The accompanying infographic points to a few notable trends in HR. Industry numbers are unquestionably encouraging. The HR job market is healthy, but as competitive as ever. For HR professionals, it’s an ideal time to get an HR certificate or HR certification, or both. The name of the game is personal marketability, and naturally, education and credentials. It looks like it’s going to be another great year for HR in 2012.

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