If you are a human resources manager, then you probably have a lot of work on your plate. If you find yourself in need of a second opinion, advice on a touchy subject, a community of other HR professionals to chat with, or simply the latest news in your industry, then be sure to check out the following HR and personnel management resources.
HR.com – HR.com is the largest online community for human resources professionals. They not only have a social network with hundreds of new members signing up daily, but they also have current articles, news, webcasts, events, white papers, templates, forms, and best practices. You can also contribute by creating your own member blog to share your advice, thoughts, and experiences in the HR world.
Evil HR Lady – Suzanne spent 10 years in human resources for a Fortune 500 corporation. Her goal is to demystify human resources, one question at a time. She also has a huge list of HR blogs and resources on her website.
Entrepreneur’s Human Resources – An online HR guide for business owners on how to train, manage, and hire employees. You’ll also find great info on compensation & benefits, employment law, and much more.
SHRM – The Society for Human Resource Management is the largest association in the world devoted to human resource management with more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries. Almost half of the members of this society work in organizations with more than 500 employees. The SHRM website offers templates, tools, publications, conferences, and education for human resources professionals as well as local chapters that individuals can join to develop your leadership, managerial, public speaking, and decision making skills.
HR Magazine – Not quite ready to join the SHRM or one of its local chapters? You can still get great information from the most widely read and respected HR publication by subscribing to their monthly publication of HR Magazine.
LinkedIn Groups – LinkedIn, the top social network for professionals, has several groups dedicated to Human Resources. Linked:HR is the top Human Resources Group on LinkedIn with over 697,000 members and hundreds of active discussions monthly. Human Resources Professionals Worldwide is the second most popular with over 45,000 members. The benefit of joining LinkedIn groups other than the discussion is that you will be able to directly connect with other human resources professionals, thus expanding your network.
HR Job Boards – If you’re looking for a position in human resources, but you’re not having luck on major sites like Monster or CareerBuilder, then give HR-specific job boards a try. A few to start with are HR Crossing, SHRM’s HR Jobs and the HR.com Job Board.
Human Resources on Twitter – If following tweets is your thing, then check out the hundreds of Twitter users in the WeFollow directory who have listed themselves under Human Resources. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to add yourself to the directory and tag yourself under Humanresources.
Human Resources Books – Want to do some light (or not so light) reading? Amazon has an entire section of paperbacks, hardcovers, Kindle, and audiobooks on human resources and personnel management. Sort them by popularity, relevance, price, or publication date to find just the book you need!
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