So you want to be a HR manager and want to know the hows of this trade? Well read on...

Think about this. If you take away all of Wipro's staff where will that leave Azim Premji, the richest Indian? Nowhere.

If you still haven't figured out what I am driving at, take another shot. The total value of any organisation is the strength of the people working for it. Is your perception of a HR executive restricted to grilling prospective employees and handing out salary cheques? Then read on.

Of course, the most important and immediate task of HRD is that of a matchmaker. No, not the matrimonial kind but to match the right job with the best candidate. He/she nurtures the work force to make sure that the best staff never leaves the organisation.

Human Resource is increasingly making an appearance in the balance sheets of companies. In fact HR is now termed as human capital so much so that in finding the true value of a company, the value of human capital is crucial.

In the past a personnel manager handled everything from recruiting, selecting, inducting, training, compensating, maintaining and helping people retire in a company. But today a need has been found to develop a fully functional department that would cater to better employer –employee relationship, strategies to increase employee productivity and take care of various employee requirements.

Your Main Areas Of Work
* Not just recruiting anybody but actually headhunting for the best talent to work for the company
* Motivating and guiding the right people to join the company
* Cultivating a positive attitude among the selected employees
* Carving a career growth path for the employees
* Training and developing them to take on more and more responsibilities
* Deciding the right compensation/remuneration package so as to motivate the employees to perform better
* Building a sound working environment and work culture
* Building an attractive performance appraisal system with incentives
* Developing appropriate strategies and policies for separating non-performing and aged people (who are due to retire) from the company


* A keen interest in meeting various types of people, communicating with them - basically understanding human psychology
* Ability to take on high pressures
* Good communication skills and listening abilities
* High leadership abilities
* Willingness to take initiatives and an enterprising nature
* Good organising ability
* Extrovert nature
* Good foresight (ability to peek into the future)
* Hard working

That's as far as the personal qualities are concerned. Now let's see the academic route to a career in HRD.

* Your best entry route into the career is through a MBA or an equivalent PGDM/PGDBM with a specialisation in HRD.
* M.A in Personnel Management/MBA with specialisation in Personnel Management or Personnel Management & Industrial Relations
* Post graduate diploma in HRD
* M.A in HRD
* Post graduate diploma in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations
* Master of Human Resources Development or any other related course
Upgrading your HR skills on a continuous basis with the happenings and trends in the industry is required to sustain in this filed. This is a must as the interest and aspirations of people change with the socio-economic situations.