If you could go back in time to your first HR job, what advice would you give yourself?

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CHRO in Services (non-Government), 1,001 - 5,000 employees
I would tell myself to learn the entire business, not just HR. I would have focused much more on how we can move the business forward, not just how we can process a new hire, or recruit a new person.
CHRO in Consumer Goods, 501 - 1,000 employees
Given that I joined HR as a director having had many other business experiences, I don't know that I would have any advice that's different. I would just share what those other experiences did for me in terms of professional development, which I think in retrospect was huge.
Senior HR Manager in Consumer Goods, 10,001+ employees
Make at least one friend in Finance, one in Legal, and one in IT. Those relationships can be leveraged to drive proactive strategic results through information, connection, and support.
Director, Learning & Organizational Development in Government, 10,001+ employees
Prioritize learning about the business and partner administrative functions as much as your specialty. The earlier you learn about those functions and the business, the faster you will be able to get things done and make the largest impact possible.
Manager Total Rewards and Org Design in Finance (non-banking), 501 - 1,000 employees
To truly listen to your instincts and just be mindful of them. The reality is nothing we do is black and white, but at the same time, HR needs to constantly change. So if you can really trust your instincts and your perspective and bring that through as you grow in your HR career, that's going to help continue to evolve HR.
HR in Telecommunication, Self-employed
I would advise to use agile HR principles in the daily work. Not everything has to be perfect. You can always experiment and test new things out.
VP of HR in Finance (non-banking), 1,001 - 5,000 employees
I spent a lot of time trying to get involved in other efforts, so if there was a project or initiative, I would raise my hand and be willing to work the extra hours. I also took extra time to research and really understand what other companies are doing. It’s important to understand that it doesn't mean that your company's going to adopt all those things, but it does show your passion for the discipline and your willingness to go the extra mile.
Director of Marketing, Self-employed
Spend time in the business working closely with the people you are going to support from an operational and strategic perspective. Learn their roles and functions so that your advice comes from a knowlegeable place.
Director of HR in Transportation, Self-employed
First, I would tell myself is that HR is one of the business functioning roles and NOT a business support / administrative role. HR is very much part of the business strategy.

Second, be more open and never fear to take up any new responsibilities. Ask for help when you get stuck.

Last and the most important, I would explain the importance of networking with people, both formally and informally. You learn more on the business, reflect on where & how you can contribute and build your career track.

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