Hello and welcome, emerging professionals in Human Resources (typically those with 5 or less years of experience in HR)! Whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to enhance your skills, the field of HR offers endless opportunities for growth and development. As you navigate the industry, it's important to know that you are not alone. There are many resources available to support you on your journey, and one of the best is the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

SHRM is a professional organization that provides a wealth of resources for HR professionals at all levels. As an emerging professional, you may be particularly interested in their resources for students and early career professionals. These include webinars, articles, and networking opportunities to help you build your skills and connect with others in the field.

Another great resource for HR professionals is the Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association (NOARK). NOARK is a local chapter of SHRM that offers events and educational opportunities specifically for HR professionals in the Northwest Arkansas area. Whether you are looking to learn more about a specific aspect of HR or simply want to connect with others in your community, NOARK is a great place to start.

If you prefer to learn on-the-go, there are also several podcasts available that cover HR topics. For example, “Career Compass”, a podcast from SHRM and the SHRM Foundation to inspire students and emerging professionals as they pursue their careers. Tune in to hear from HR professionals, workplace leaders and experts as they share their career insights for success in navigating the current and future career landscape."HR Happy Hour" is a popular podcast that covers a wide range of HR issues, from recruiting to employee engagement. "The Talent Development Hot Seat" is another great podcast that focuses on leadership development and talent management.

In conclusion, if you are an emerging professional in Human Resources, there are many resources available to help you succeed in your career. From SHRM to NOARK to podcasts, there are a wealth of opportunities to learn, grow, and connect with others in the industry. So don't be afraid to reach out, explore, and take advantage of all that these resources have to offer!

By: Camille Dunshee
March 2023