Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Career in Human Resources - MBA - HR

Human Resource (HR) managers interpret the progressive needs of the organization and direct individual potential towards a common goal. A Director of Personnel heads a full-fledged Human Resource Department, with managers taking care of recruitments, training (staff/ management) and resource development. Occupational/ industrial psychologists may also form part of the team.

In a small organization, one person may handle many, if not all tasks associated with human resource management. In contrast, in a large corporation, the top human resource executive usually develops and coordinates personnel programs and policies. These policies are implemented by a Director of Human Resources and, in some cases, a Director of Industrial Relations.

HR Managers are responsible for all tasks involving the management of people’s skills, positions and performance within the organization such as Recruitment and placement of people, Appraisals, promotions and internal movements, Training and Development of individual and team skills within the organization, Employee services like leave management, health, work related facilities, welfare services, etc., Labor and Industrial Relations.

The person should be interested in human behavior and the performance and development of people, have good social skills, tact, patience, understanding and persuasiveness, good, communication skills, empathetic, basic quantitative skills are needed for financial calculations and for managing statistical data, analytical and problem solving skills for developing training and appraisal policies, and leadership qualities.

Since almost all corporate offices and MNCs have a full-fledged Human Resources department, finding a job in the industry is relatively easy. One could be employed with any industry in the manufacturing, services or software sector managing human resource issues specific to that industry. Large organizations like HLL, Pepsi, Nestle, Ranbaxy Laboratories, Dabur India etc are leading recruiters of HR Managers.
HR specialists also work with HR consulting / training organizations like Hewitt Associates, Mercer (compensation surveys), Omam Consultant, Ernst & Young and Price WaterHouse.

Leading Placement and Head Hunting firms include Kornferry, Heidrick & Struggles, Egon Zhender, Boyden, Amrop International, Accord and ABC Consulting.

Personality Traits:

  • Analytical inquisitive mind
  • Flexibility and agility in thought processes
  • Imagination
  • Good Judgment
  • Numerical ability
  • Good communication skills
  • Intellectual maturity
  • Strength of Purpose
  • Capacity for long hours of complex mental work

Salaries and Remuneration:
This would be highly dependent on the kind of institute you pursue your degree in. After one of the top ten colleges offering HR Courses, one could expect to earn a starting salary of approx. 4-5 Lacs per annum.

Top salaries range from 50 lacs to INR 1 Crore per annum depending on the company and job profile.

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