BRAIN FOOD: How to get ahead in human resources

1 As a young graduate, target a company with an impressive reputation for developing tomorrow's HR directors, such as Diageo and Ford.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

2 Obtaining the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development's professional development scheme qualification will aid your climb through the managerial ranks.

3 Don't specialise too soon in one sector or HR function unless you wish to stay there. Move between firms for broad business experience.

4 Keep up to date with the latest thinking and employment law. Read industry sources and talk to colleagues in other successful companies.

5 Be proactive and network. Volunteer for new projects. This lets you work with people from other functions - useful sounding-boards.

6 Demonstrate your value. Identify performance measures by which your work can be judged and show how HR is integral to strategy.

7 Apply what you have learnt to the personal development of other staff - coach and lead them. Show yourself to be an authority figure.

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