As an HR professional, are you focused on developing your skill set to meet the changing needs of today’s employers? Even if you are not looking to change jobs now, you should be in the future.
Adding to your skill set now prepares you to take on a new role when needed. Because the future is uncertain, doing what you can today to enhance your value to employers increases your ability to secure employment down the road.
So, what are some of the top skills you should be focused on to advance your HR career?
1. Data Analytics
Data is becoming known as the new currency for HR professionals. According to the mentoring platform PushFar, 80% of HR professionals will need to be skilled in data analytics in 2022. Because HR departments are becoming more data-driven, many companies implement new technologies to collect and analyze information. The information is used to make more data-based decisions about candidates, salaries, employees, and related issues.
New technologies are opening up additional opportunities for HR professionals. This includes artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and robots in HR processes. These advancements require programming, data science abilities, and related skills. Your ability to serve in these areas increases efficiency in business operations and provides additional value.
3. Interpersonal Skills
Machines cannot replicate the soft skills that HR professionals show. This is why organization, communication, and empathy are needed to be a top professional in the field. Flexibility, negotiation, and leadership are important as well. The desire to work individually and collaboratively and continuously learn is important for long-term success.
4. Workforce Planning
The demands for a skilled workforce increase the challenges involved with recruitment and retention. This includes managing talent pipelines as employer demands for skills continue to evolve. As a result, you must accurately predict your workforce’s skills gaps and what to look for when hiring. The more proactively you maintain your talent pools, the better prepared you are to continue business operations.