Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter 1 Laying the Groundwork for Success
Help Wanted: Competent and Confident HR Professionals
Making Development a Priority
Bring Who You Are To What You Do
Chapter 2 What Does an HR Career Look Like Today?: Opportunities, Appeals, and Challenges
The Opportunities: A Multitude of Options in Crafting an HR Career
The Many and Varied Appeals of an HR Career
The Challenges of an HR Career
Chapter 3 The Many Hats HR Professionals Wear
A Few Caveats
Primary Skills Required of Each Role
Choosing One’s Role—Some Guidelines
Chapter 4 The HR Career Success Model
Why a Model?
Underlying Assumptions of The HR Career Success Model
Chapter 5 Actions to Take: Learning About Yourself
Experience—The Great Teacher
What Skills Do You Bring to the Table?
Traits—What is the Way You Approach the World?
Values—What Would You Fight For?
Likes and Dislikes—Knowing What Excites (and Deflates) You
Emotional Intelligence—How Do We Manage Ourselves and Our Relationships?
More Strategies for Gaining Self Knowledge
Chapter 6 Actions to Take: Learning About the Fie