Complete Guide toNetworking for Human Resources Jobs

Interfor Corporation - Peachtree City, GA 3.4

Interfor is one of the largest lumber companies in the world and we’re growing in exciting directions. We have an annual production capacity of 3 billion board…

EXCELth, INC - New Orleans, LA 

Assist with new hire/onboarding process, including new hire paperwork, verification, background checks, etc. Coordinates with other departments to ensure that…

County of Solano - Solano County, CA 4.1

Extra-help employees who work less than 29 hours per week do not typically receive or accrue benefits of regular employees during their period of employment.

$47,000 - $58,000 a year

State of Illinois - Sangamon County, IL 3.8

CERTIFICATION IDENTIFIED ON STANDARDS, THE PHRASE "SAME AS SPECIFICATION” CAN NO LONGER BE USED. CMS Examining will no longer accept CMS-100B applications…

$4,400 - $6,400 a month

617MediaGroup - Massachusetts 

617MediaGroup, the Northeast's fastest-growing progressive communications agency, is looking for a part-time Human Resources Assistant to join our growing team.

Estimated: $34,000 - $47,000 a year

City of Phoenix - Phoenix, AZ 4.2

Only the highest qualified may be posted to the eligible to hire list. Human Resources Aides perform paraprofessional, technical and specialized administrative…

Estimated: $46,000 - $63,000 a year

State of Illinois - Cook County, IL 3.8

Actual salary will be determined at the time of hire based on current salary plans and/or collective bargaining agreements, if applicable.

$3,400 - $3,900 a month

Springfield Public Schools - Missouri - Springfield, MO 3.9

Administer a wide variety of personnel transactions and programs within the Human Resources Information System to comply with District policies, relevant laws,…

$17 - $25 an hour

Amazon.com Services LLC - United States 3.6

Associates must be able to listen actively to employees concerns and questions, and provide complete and accurate information about HR policy, time off policy,…

Loom - Remote 4.2

As a People Operations Generalist at Loom, you will be the operational backbone of the People team supporting Loommates all over the world.

Estimated: $53,000 - $72,000 a year

Central Intelligence Agency - Washington, DC 4.3

The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing. See our work in action:

$61,000 - $86,000 a year

Sportsfield Specialties - North Carolina 3.8

Sportsfield Specialties is seeking a Human Resources Assistant for its Salisbury, North Carolina division to assist with the administration of company policies,…

Estimated: $29,000 - $40,000 a year

State of Illinois - Cook County, IL 3.8

Actual salary will be determined at the time of hire based on current salary plans and/or collective bargaining agreements, if applicable.

$3,900 - $4,300 a month

City of Fort Oglethorpe - Fort Oglethorpe, GA 

$26.00 to $38.00 per hour DOQ. Seven years of increasingly responsible experience in human resources work. This position is responsible for managing, planning,…

$26 - $38 an hour

Prince William County Government - Woodbridge, VA 3.7

The core hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. Administer new employee on-boarding and orientation. Respond to escalated human resources and payroll inquires.

$59,000 - $88,000 a year

BNSF - Fort Worth, TX 3.6

Normal office hours, Monday through Friday, with weekend or evening work as required. Relocation assistance may be provided to those who are moving more than 50…

$58,000 a year

Uline - Hudson, WI 3.1

Assist with onboarding, including sending employment information to new hires and completing both pre-employment screening items and internal new hire…

$60,000 - $80,000 a year

Complete Guide toNetworking for Human Resources Jobs

Success in the human resources field sometimes is based on your professional connections, so we have put together a guide to networking for human resources jobs.

How to Network

Your first option for networking for human resources jobs is to reach out to your first degree network. Contacting each group in this network has its pros and cons.

Classmates will want to help you because they have known you for a long time and do not necessarily have any type of professional rivalry with you.

However, your classmates may not know who you are professionally. This means that they may not understand your particular situation or skill set in regards to human resources.

Colleagues have worked with you and know what you are like as a worker. They may want to help you as a result of their respect for you.

You may not necessarily be able to trust your colleagues to be discrete and observe your need for privacy with your requests.

Friends are most likely to help you because they usually have no other interest besides helping you.

While your friends have good intentions, they may not be in the best position to give you assistance and insight in regards to your professional human resources career.

Your family are the people closest to you and would have no other motivation or expectation of something in return for talking to you.

While your family wants to help, their ability may be limited since they may not be in the same professional field as you.

Another way to network involves finding online opportunities. With this form of networking, you want to make real connections.

You should reach out to everyone who is suggested to you by LinkedIn as a connection and give them a compelling reason to accept your request. Most human resource professionals have LinkedIn pages, so make sure to look among your connections to see who is connected to them. LinkedIn is a place where people go to network, so people expect to be asked for help.

An effective way to make real connections and better engage with the people in your network is to personalize your request to connect to a person. Also, it's important to post, like, share and comment regularly, and once in a while, use images because they will increase the chances of people engaging with you.

When using Facebook, join both local and national human resources groups in your area of interest and participate constructively in discussions. Make sure that you always have something to add to the conversation and never be negative. Follow up with a message if you connect with someone.

If you see that people like something you do, make sure to connect with them because once you have a conversation with them, their contacts will see you, which can quickly lead to more meaningful connections for you.

Twitter is a highly democratic forum. Feel free to take a shot at connecting with people who you would otherwise never be able to speak with like top executives. The way to successfully navigate Twitter is to be bold and approach everyone because you lose nothing.

However, first impressions do matter, even on Twitter, so ensure your profile is a good representation of you. Also, be sure to act in an appropriate way with each person you connect with. Regularly monitoring Twitter will give you an insight into how you can make a good first impression with the people you want to get to connect with.

After you have reached out to your first network and used social media, look for local organizations.

Many cities have local organizations where professionals can connect. For human resources connections, check to see if there is a local chapter of an organization like SHRM. If they are running an event locally, make sure that you attend. Also, consider finding a local chamber of commerce or business gathering because every company represented should have a human resources function.

You should also consider going to conferences for human resources jobs.

Some of the top human resources conference where you can network include the HCI Workforce Planning & People Analytics Conference, SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference and the Health and Benefits Leadership Conference. Make connections at the breaks and try to engage with the presenters and panelists about their talks.

Networking tips

Networking is a business activity so always make sure you remain professional and think of every contact as work-related. If you are going to an event, make sure to dress with the appropriate degree of formality. Make sure that you have your contact information handy to make it easy for someone to take down your details. Preferably, this should be done through business cards because not everyone wants to enter your information into their device. Another tip from this guide to networking for human resources jobs is that you should always try to offer whatever help you can to the person with whom you are speaking to make it a two-way relationship where you are not just in the role of recipient.

Common mistakes

Any contact that you make is a valuable one and you should always make sure to follow-up. Having a discussion and not getting back to the person with a "thank you" means that the conversation is forgotten. At the same time, you need to make sure that you are not insincere. There is a fine line between networking and appearing to be using someone to help you. Insincerity is what causes you to cross that line. Spending too much time talking during a conversation is also a common networking mistake since the point of the conversation is to hear what someone else has to say.