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I am a new college grad (3 months out) and I am now an HR Associate for a Fortune 100 company. I interned through my school for 8 months at the company and they hired me months before I graduated.
Focus on getting administrative skills (work in an office, etc), your analytical skills (organizing data, which can usually be used when working in an office), and customer service skills (cashier, etc). Leadership and volunteering are also great things to have on your resume. If you are in college/school, try to do as many internships as possible. It will make it A LOT easier to get a job right out of college. If you are not in school, try finding work that will help you with the skills I mentioned above (Administrative assistant, secretary, team leader/supervisor). What matters most is getting as much experience as possible. Don't worry as much about an "HR" title because HR is a huge field with many different roles. Focus your attention on getting diverse experience and exposure to administrative and customer service work.
I would also suggest looking for Development Rotational Programs at various companies. Many of them are entry level, pay well, and offer great experience in various roles.
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Human Resources can be a challenging field to get into from the beginning, but once you get your foot into the door, the opportunities can be limitless. For example, I started my career off 9-years ago as an HR Assistant for an Engineering company. Fast forward to today, I am with the Talent Acquisition/Recruiting Team at my Oil & Gas company. In between that time, I went back to school to pursue my MBA in Human Resources Management, which helped me out quite a bit, too and increased my pay. So, I would say that it just depends on your situation. You could go to school to obtain a degree in Human Resources Management, because it always looks good on your resume. You could join groups like SHRM to obtain a lot of HR knowledge. You could apply to entry-level HR positions to get your foot into the door and some work experience under your belt. Once you get some experience, you could study for your PHR Certification. You could join social media pages such as LinkedIn, which is actually a Professional Networking site and join groups on there to network with others such as yourself trying to get into the field. Overall, there are many things you can do to get a job in Human Resources and I hope I've given you some insight on how to do so.
You can start by looking for an internship.
Look into paid/unpaid HR-related internships at nearby colleges. Pay is less important at this point t\\haahn the experience. It will look good on your resume. I also suggest you take a look at the SHRM.org website for HR information for students.