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Sample Personal Statement MHRM Master's in Human Resources Management, Chinese Applicant

I will graduate from XXXX University next spring with my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management. I have excelled as a student at XXXX (major GPA of 3.8), I think, because of the great passion that I have for HRM. I like to think that my greatest strength is my ability to find practical applications for theoretical knowledge and I could not be more excited about the prospect of further preparation for a professional lifetime in Human Resources Management; serving as a bridge between technological advancement on the one hand, and human creativity and diversity in organization on the other.

For me, HR is the single most important department in a company – the principal motor of corporate advancement. I could not be more excited about the prospect of a professional lifetime combining strategic HR practices with sound business operations, helping companies to expand, and to maintain workplace environments characterized by high levels of worker engagement and satisfaction. In fact, I can think of no quest more noble than giving one’s all to the development of more ethical, inclusive, satisfying, and sustainable workplace cultures.

My professor with whom I am currently studying Global Human Resources Management, Dr. XXXX, granted me an interview which I treasured greatly. He is thus far the most important role model that I have here in America, and he has been inspiring me for some time since I was also his student for the course “Training and Development” last semester.  Professor XXXX was adamant with me that I must not be short-sighted or sell myself short. He encouraged me to form strategic and tactical goals that were commensurate with my long-term vision of my function in the corporate world and society. HR is for me a dream come true because I never anticipated feeling so engaged, so in love with my career. Increasingly, I have come to more fully appreciate the many ways in which an excellent human manager can never be replaced by AI, simply because robots do not have the human touch.

Back home in my country of origin, China, my principal role model and greatest inspiration in life is my dad. He instilled in me great appreciation for education, books, learning, and helping one’s society to advance. I could not respect him more, and his noble, sustainable vision which resulted in the creation of his company YiDou Inc., dedicated to building mobile libraries for Chinese children between the ages of 3 and 6 years old. While still in China before coming to the USA for my education, I worked with him. My title was International Human Resources Manager.

My father taught me how to manage virtual teams, taught me a lot about compensation and staffing, building trust, and maintaining good relationships with one’s employees. I led my team to establish a compensation system for his company which promoted both efficiency and effectiveness – simultaneously enhancing both employee satisfaction and performance.

The MHRM Program at XXXX University is the only program to which I am applying. My heart is set on attending your Master’s Program because XXXX is where I want to learn HR. I am currently finishing my undergraduate studies in Human Resources at Rutgers and I have an enormous respect for my teachers; thus, I hope very much to continue to learn from them on a graduate level.

For the last several years, studying primarily Human Resources as an undergraduate student at Rutgers, my appreciation for the faculty in HR at XXXX has grown incrementally, as result of their profound enthusiasm for their subject matter, their intense passion for improving the workplace, and the richness and texture of the experiences which they take delight in sharing. A student from China, Rutgers has become like a second home and culture for me and I feel very strongly that my performance as a graduate student would be greatly enhanced if I were to be able to remain at Rutgers for Graduate School, continuing to take advantage of the social support base that I have been cultivating here since my arrival.

As a graduate student in HR at XXXX, I fully intend to also branch out and broaden my understanding of many issues in the business world that are closely related to HR. In this way, I will be able to develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the nature and operations of companies and financials and the complex ways that they are related to the people involved. I look forward to an especially close study of the ability to influence, persuade and sell, the arts of project management and plan execution and quantifying success. I am particularly interested in compensation and managing rewards systems, an area of special emphasis at XXXX.

Finally, I very much appreciate the diversity of the student population at XXXX University as this helps me to cultivate global perspectives. I am becoming more empathetic and humane as a result of the integration of so many varied opinions and platforms, exploring and understanding the world views of others, with special attention always to those that are quite different from my own historical perspectives, under constant flux and evolution in progressive directions.

I thank you for considering my application to the Master’s Program in Human Resource Management at XXXX University.

 

The (uncomfortable) truth of HR and leadership development

Degree sought, field, or place of origin!

Putting the human back into human resources

Great Accomplishments in Human Resources

During Stan Litow’s 31-year career at IBM, one of the most remarkable and insightful Human Resources leaders he worked with was Sheila Forte-Trammell.

After more than 30 years herself in IBM in a diverse range of HR leadership roles in recruiting, placement, compensation, diversity, learning and employee development, she has now retired and consults as the owner of Total HR Services, LLC.

Recently, Stan had a discussion with Sheila about the most key strategic areas in the future for human resources professionals.

Q: As a globally-recognized expert on a broad range of human resources topics, what would you say must be the key focus for HR leaders from today on into the future?

A: The 21st Century has presented a variety of new challenges and business complexities that HR Leaders are dealing with because organizations are functioning in a competitive knowledge economy and it makes it important for leaders to create processes for employees to acquire the right business skills in a timely manner.

Speed to competence, learning agility, innovative application of knowledge and the easy distribution of relevant information throughout the organization have become critical in maintaining competitiveness since 2000.

Q: How do leadership development and succession planning fit in with this complex business environment?

A: The development of the leadership pipeline has taken center stage now more than ever. HR leaders should no longer restrict the use of succession planning as a means to identify the next generation of executive leaders.

The succession planning process must be expanded to include the identification of critical technical and key functional skills at all levels of an organization. This approach ensures there is an adequate pool of employees who have the capabilities to execute on the tactical and strategic plans.

Q: Can you talk a little more about this expansion of succession planning to a broader set of employees. Why is this so important?

A: Many organizations are “lowering the center of gravity”, allowing business decisions to be made at lower levels within an organization. So the new normal is to create a high trust culture where knowledge transfer occurs at all times.

In addition, employees must be encouraged to take bold but intelligent actions that deliver measurable results. Empowering employees in this manner helps them to value themselves and the process.

Q: What is the role of HR leaders in fostering this richer employee and leadership development environment?

A: When employees feel that they are valued, engagement and retention tend to be high. However, given the dynamic and disruptive nature of business today, HR leaders also have to communicate business vision with better clarity and help employees develop greater flexibility and adaptability to perform in an ever changing environment.

HR leaders are expected to help employees develop the skills to show resilience and resolve in the face of challenge so they are able to see the business opportunities that reside within disruption, challenge and crisis, instead of retreating in response to it.

Q: You have accomplished so much so far in your past career, Sheila, and you still have a tremendous impact within the Human Resources Community. Which accomplishments that you are most proud of?

A: In partnership with Dr. Lisa Dragoni and others from the Cornell University Industrial Relations School, a longitudinal study was conducted to show how supervisors facilitate leader development among transitioning leaders; the results of this study were published in the Journal of Applied Psychology in January 2014.

They also reinforced that leaders must model the way and provide instructions and guidance to new leaders. This approach has proven to enhance and accelerate the development of transitioning and new leaders.

Another accomplishment that I am proud of is mentoring others over the course of my career. At one point, I had 25 mentees. To help them, I had to get creative and engage in many lots of different forms of mentoring: I utilized group mentoring, individual mentoring, just in time mentoring, virtual mentoring and speed mentoring to connect with my mentees.

The relationships that I developed were reciprocal in nature: learning was bi-directional. I always tell my mentees that “their success is my reward” and as I watch them develop, I achieve a great sense of pride and accomplishment.

Despite the fact that I am retired, I am still a mentor. One of my mentees sent me a note in 2014. It said: “I wanted to send you a thank you note for all you’ve done for me during my time at IBM. You believed in me when I lost faith in me. You planted a seed in me that is growing daily.”

Additional Responses for Application to a Master's Program in HRM

The MHRM Program at XXXX University is the only program to which I am applying. My heart is set on attending your Master’s Program because XXXX is where I want to learn HR. I am currently finishing my undergraduate studies in Human Resources at XXXX and I have an enormous respect for my teachers; thus, I hope very much to continue to learn from them on a graduate level.

For the last several years, studying primarily Human Resources as an undergraduate student at XXXX, my appreciation for the faculty in HR at XXXX has grown incrementally, as result of their profound enthusiasm for their subject matter, their intense passion for improving the workplace, and the richness and texture of the experiences which they take delight in sharing. A student from China, XXXX has become like a second home and culture for me and I feel very strongly that my performance as a graduate student would be greatly enhanced if I were to be able to remain at XXXX for Graduate School, continuing to take advantage of the social support base that I have been cultivating here since my arrival.

As a graduate student in HR at XXXX, I fully intend to also branch out and broaden my understanding of many issues in the business world that are closely related to HR. In this way, I will be able to develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the nature and operations of companies and financials and the complex ways that they are related to the people involved. I look forward to an especially close study of the ability to influence, persuade and sell, the arts of project management and plan execution and quantifying success. I am particularly interested in compensation and managing rewards systems, an area of special emphasis at XXXX.

Finally, I very much appreciate the diversity of the student population at XXXX University as this helps me to cultivate global perspectives. I am becoming more empathetic and humane as a result of the integration of so many varied opinions and platforms, exploring and understanding the world views of others, with special attention always to those that are quite different from my own historical perspectives, under constant flux and evolution in progressive directions.

I thank you for considering my application.


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