There are many valid reasons for choosing a career in Human Resources as an Advisor, Business Partner, or HR Manager. However, there are a number of common reasons for choosing a HR career which can sometimes result in a poor fit between a person’s capabilities and interests and the role requirements. Let’s take a look at them.
1. “I am a ‘people person’ ” So you love talking with people, meeting new people and helping people? Well, that’s great. But it doesn’t necessarily mean you will be good at or enjoy a HR role.
The HR function exists as a partner to the rest of the organisation to support the achievement of business strategy. Therefore HR Business Partners need to have strong business acumen and an interest in business performance (profits, growth, sustainability etc).
Sure, HR professionals need to communicate well with, influence and have a genuine interest in people (but hey, doesn’t the same apply for most jobs?) but they certainly do not need to fit the stereotypical ‘people person’ mold*.