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Employers Hire Etiquette Coaches, White House Declares AI Job Losses, and Getting an HR Job

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News Spotlight

White House admits jobs will be automated by AI. The White House now says that 10% of U.S. workers are in jobs that are most at risk due to the disruption caused by AI (CNN).

Employers are hiring etiquette coaches. 60% of bosses are hiring etiquette coaches to help remote workers better transition to office environments (Business Insider).

Childcare benefits take center stage. Over half of companies say that child-care benefits are the most pressing issue this year, which is why they are offering stipends for babysitters and nannies, as well as more paid time off for new parents (LA Times).

Stat of the Week

52% of college graduates are working in jobs that don’t require their degree and 45% of them are staying underemployed 10 years post-graduation, says a new study of 10 million people who entered the job market over the past decade.

College graduates need to pick the right major, have internships, and get a good first job if they want to have long-term earnings. Otherwise, underemployment has lasting implications for their careers and lives. What’s most difficult is that the job market is constantly changing with CEOs like Nvidia’s Jensen Huang, who recently proclaimed “coding is dead”. Companies and students will continue to bear more of the burden of colleges that can’t keep up with the shifting demands of the workforce brought by new technologies like AI.

Deep Dive Article

Landing an HR Job in Today's Ultra-Competitive Market

If you’ve spoken to anyone who’s been laid off this year, they will tell you that it’s been a struggle to get a new job. Those who still have jobs are worried that they could be next on the chopping block as organizations downsize. A study found that 84 percent of all workers are worried they will lose their jobs in 2024. But, for HR professionals specifically it’s just as, if not more, challenging to get a job because when companies downsize, the HR department is typically the first to go. And, with so many people in HR losing their jobs, the ones that remain are burned out. A separate study found that an overwhelming 98% of them that is.

In today's ultra-competitive job market, landing a job in HR requires a strategic approach, a diverse skill set, and a willingness to adapt to changing industry trends. With the increasing demand for HR professionals who can navigate complex organizational challenges, employers are seeking candidates who possess a combination of technical expertise, soft skills, and a proactive mindset.

HR professionals should be mindful of the potential for job displacement due to advancements in automation, AI, and other technologies reshaping traditional HR functions. Automation has the potential to streamline routine tasks such as payroll processing, benefits administration, and data entry, reducing the need for manual intervention and potentially displacing roles that are primarily administrative or transactional. Similarly, AI-powered tools can analyze large datasets, predict trends, and optimize decision-making processes, leading to increased efficiency and productivity in HR operations. While these technological advancements offer opportunities for HR professionals to focus on more strategic initiatives and value-added activities, there is a risk that certain roles may become obsolete or require reskilling to remain relevant in the evolving workplace landscape.

Furthermore, the rise of remote work and digital transformation has accelerated the adoption of virtual HR solutions and online platforms, further changing the nature of HR roles and responsibilities. HR professionals must adapt to the changing demands of remote work environments, leverage technology to facilitate virtual collaboration and provide support to employees navigating remote work challenges. However, this shift towards virtual HR solutions may also lead to a reduction in traditional HR roles that are centered around in-person interactions and administrative tasks. To remain competitive in the job market, HR professionals should prioritize upskilling in areas such as data analysis, digital HR technologies, and strategic workforce planning to effectively navigate the evolving role of HR in the digital age.

This comprehensive guide outlines the key strategies and techniques that job seekers can leverage to stand out in the competitive landscape of HR recruitment.

Networking: Building Meaningful Connections

Networking remains one of the most effective strategies for landing a job in HR, as many opportunities arise through referrals and personal connections. Job seekers should actively engage with HR professionals, recruiters, and industry peers through various channels, including professional associations, networking events, and online platforms like LinkedIn. Building genuine relationships and staying connected with individuals in the HR community can provide valuable insights, referrals, and job leads that may not be advertised through traditional channels. Additionally, job seekers should leverage their existing network of contacts, including colleagues, mentors, and alumni, to expand their reach and uncover hidden job opportunities in the HR field.

Upskilling: Enhancing Competencies and Expertise

In today's dynamic job market, HR professionals are expected to possess a diverse skill set that goes beyond traditional HR functions. Job seekers should invest in continuous learning and upskilling to stay competitive and relevant in the field. This may include acquiring certifications in specialized areas such as talent acquisition, employee relations, or HR analytics, as well as developing proficiency in emerging technologies and tools used in HR management. Additionally, job seekers should focus on honing soft skills such as communication, problem-solving, and emotional intelligence, which are highly valued by employers in the HR profession. By continuously enhancing their competencies and expertise, job seekers can demonstrate their commitment to professional growth and position themselves as valuable assets to potential employers.

AI is one of the most valuable skills in any profession, but especially in HR as it affects every aspect of the employee lifecycle from attraction to offboarding. Nearly two-thirds of HR teams haven’t even embraced AI in their operations, yet 65% of CHROs expect it to have a positive impact on the function over the next two years. That’s why now is the time to get educated on AI!

Many online platforms offer courses and certifications in AI, data analytics, and other technologies relevant to HR. Look for courses that cover topics such as AI in HR, data analysis, machine learning, and predictive analytics.

With emerging technologies, like AI, it’s critical that you experiment with the tools and platforms to gain first-hand experience. Many software vendors offer free trials or demo versions of their products, allowing users to explore features and capabilities firsthand.

Tailoring Application Materials: Customizing Resumes and Cover Letters

Customizing application materials to align with the specific requirements of each job opportunity is essential for standing out in the competitive HR job market. Job seekers should carefully tailor their resumes and cover letters to highlight relevant experiences, skills, and achievements that demonstrate their suitability for the role. This may involve customizing the resume's objective or summary statement to reflect the job seeker's career aspirations and the employer's needs, as well as incorporating keywords and phrases from the job description to optimize the resume for applicant tracking systems (ATS). Additionally, job seekers should use the cover letter as an opportunity to showcase their personality, passion for HR, and understanding of the employer's culture and values. By crafting compelling application materials that resonate with hiring managers, job seekers can increase their chances of securing interviews and standing out from the competition.

Showcasing Experience and Achievements: Building a Strong Portfolio

In today's competitive job market, employers are increasingly looking for evidence of a candidate's ability to deliver results and drive impact in HR roles. Job seekers should build a strong portfolio that showcases their relevant experience, achievements, and contributions in previous HR positions. This may include quantifying accomplishments, such as reducing employee turnover rates, implementing successful recruitment strategies, or improving employee engagement scores, to demonstrate tangible results. Additionally, job seekers can showcase their expertise through case studies, project summaries, or work samples that highlight their problem-solving abilities, creativity, and strategic thinking in HR management. By providing concrete examples of their past successes and contributions, job seekers can differentiate themselves from other candidates and demonstrate their potential value to prospective employers.

Preparing for Interviews: Demonstrating Readiness and Fit

Interviews are a critical opportunity for job seekers to demonstrate their readiness and fit for HR roles in today's competitive job market. Job seekers should thoroughly research the company, its culture, and the specific requirements of the job before the interview to demonstrate their understanding and preparedness. Additionally, job seekers should practice answering common interview questions and prepare specific examples and anecdotes that showcase their relevant skills, experiences, and achievements in HR. During the interview, job seekers should focus on articulating their value proposition, emphasizing their ability to solve problems, drive results, and contribute to the organization's success in HR roles. Additionally, job seekers should ask thoughtful questions about the company's HR practices, culture, and growth opportunities to demonstrate their interest and engagement in the role. By effectively preparing for interviews and showcasing their readiness and fit, job seekers can make a positive impression on hiring managers and increase their chances of securing job offers in today's competitive HR job market.

Landing a job in HR in today's ultra-competitive job market requires a strategic approach, continuous learning, and a commitment to excellence. By leveraging networking opportunities, upskilling, tailoring application materials, showcasing experience and achievements, and preparing effectively for interviews, job seekers can position themselves as strong candidates and stand out from the competition. With perseverance, determination, and a proactive mindset, job seekers can navigate the challenges of the competitive HR job market and secure rewarding opportunities in the dynamic field of human resources.

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