The role of HR executive generalist is getting more significant these days, especially because of the presence of different types of employees in an organization, i.e., Full-time, Part-time, Temporary, Leased etc. An HR executive takes care of the Human Resource zone of an organization and is responsible for all employee paper works, benefits, training, employee welfare etc. HR executive generalist plays a significant role between the organization and employees. Though HR executive is more loyal to the company, he/ she have to win the confidence of the employees and assure them about their work place welfare. So it’s a balanced role, and lot of communication, understanding, listening and convincing activities required. If you are a kind of individual who don’t like to communicate with lot of people then I can assure you that you are not going to fit for this role. And if you are the perfect opposite, this role is made for you only.
HR Executive Vs Recruitment & Training:
Technically recruitment and training is not a part of the hr generalist profile but not-so-big companies let their hr executives generalists to handle the recruitment activities for the sake of the limited human resource. Especially HR executives with 0 to 2 years of experience start from the recruitment activities. Certainly recruitment is a part of HR (human resource) but it’s not a core area of HRM (Human Resource Management). It’s a good platform for fresh HR executives/ professionals to gain some confidence and little bit of core HR activity exposure before they start doing hardcore HR delegates like joining formalities, .relieving formalities, grievances, salary administration, employee welfare activities, Performance Appraisal etc.
Undoubtedly a master degree in human resource (MBA (HR)) is the most sought after qualification for an HR executive, HR generalist or HR Manager position, because it’s the perfect mix of general management and human resource management.
Other preferred degrees are:
- MA in Human Resources
- Master of Employment Relations
- Master of Science in Employment Law
- Master of Labour Law and Relations (MLLR)
- Master of Workplace and Employment Law
- MA Industrial Relations & Managing Human Resources
Personality & Attitude:
Cool and calm personality with the patience to listen is perhaps the most desirable quality of an HR professional. An HR professional must feel comfortable in communicating with every employee.
For that excellent verbal and written communication is indispensible. Creative thinking and thinking out of the box is best weapon of a smart HR professional.
- Effective managerial and organizational skill
- Ability to plan and implement strategies
- Ability to drive and inspire
- Confidence level should be sky high
- Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
- Quick decision-making abilities
HR management is perhaps one such field where fresh/ no-experienced candidates don’t feel discriminated. If you have the right approach, attitude, basic HR knowledge then you won’t find it too hard to find your dream job.
IT – Computer Skill of an HR Executive:
MS Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, MS Access
(MS Access is a database (Data Management System) where candidates’ records are kept, managed and retrieved.)
Job Search Strategy:
Recruiters prefer taking telephonic interview of the HR executive candidate to further shortlist the candidate list. So be prepared. A mock interview is a great technique to get ready for the real one.