Welcome to the world of HR writing! One of the great things about freelancing as an HR writer, is that there are so many topics to write about.
For example, this is the list under the HR Topics menu on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website:
- Behavioral Competencies
- California Resources (oh,California…)
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Global HR
- Organizational & Employee Development
- Employee Relations
- Labor Relations
- People Management
- Talent Acquisition
With so many options, how do you choose? And once you’ve decided on a topic that interests you, how do you learn more about it?
Explore what you already know
No matter how long you’ve worked in HR, you probably have some stories to tell! And there’s a good chance you’ve learned more than you realize.
Take the time to do a brain dump to list all the skills you’ve used in your HR work. Don’t just focus on the hard skills, either. List all the soft skills that go along with keeping businesses running.
Now highlight those tasks/skills that you enjoy the most, they will be the ones that are easiest to write about. What’s your unique perspective, and what tips can you share about these topics?
Read HR Publications
One of the nice things about working in HR, is that there is no shortage of resources when you have a question. There are dozens of HR publications, blogs, and news sites.
Use these resources to learn more about HR. Read, read, and read some more. Search, take notes and bookmark helpful articles in a specific browser folder or your project management program.
HR Societies are another great way to learn more about HR. Try a few out and see which ones provide the most support for you.
There are many types to choose from, as well. There are general societies that encompass the overall HR and ones that focus primarily on specific areas.
Consider training and development, compensation and benefits, or ethics and compliance. All of these topics fall under the overall HR umbrella, but are complex enough that you’ll find societies dedicated to each of them… and more.
To get you started, here’s a list of human resource management associations on Wikipedia.
Certifications can be helpful to HR writers as well as HR professionals. If you’re interested in learning more about HR, studying for a certification can be a great way to do so.
SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, certifications are the most respected and recognized in the industry. Check out their certification FAQ page for more information.
I personally built my business for 6 years before completing my SHRM certification. This is not something you have to do right away, but it can make you look more professional to potential clients, give your writing more credibility, and provide a powerful confidence boost.
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