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The one thing to avoid when preparing your Master of Human Resource Management application essay responses

Posted by Rob C and Alison M on Oct 30, 2014 4:38:46 PM

The application requirements for the Ohio State Master of Human Resource Management program are straightforward and are posted here. You do not need to be an HR major to successfully apply to this program - in fact, the program is desired for any major(s). (The most common major we tend to see in the program is psychology.)

When I ask someone why s/he is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Human Resource Management, a common response is, "Because I like to work with people." That response may very well be truthful - but the problem with the response is it does not answer the question or - more likely - it is an indication that the person does not know what human resource professionals do.

If you think about it, the vast majority of professions in a wide variety of contexts require that you "work with people." Below is a tiny sample of professions that involve "working with people:"

  • Teacher
  • Grocery store clerk
  • Program manager
  • Auto mechanic
  • Janitor
  • Waiter/waitress
  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Financial analyst
  • Camp counselor
  • Tax accountant
  • Sales person
  • Actor/actress

All of these professions require those people to "work with people."

Capture "Working with people" is not exclusive to HR professionals

Do you see why "I like to work with people" is, by itself, a very poor response to the question, "Why are you interested in pursuing a degree in human resource management?" A better response to that question ties back to what is it that human resource professionals do and connect that to your strengths and interests. Human resource management is a very broad field that includes but is not limited to training and development, retention, staffing, compensation, organizational effectiveness, etc. Research what it is that human resource professionals do. See if you can talk to someone in the field about what s/he does.

Doing this background prep work on your part will help you write a much better essay for your application and give you much more confidence that this is the right decision for your academic and professional career!


Topics: MHRM Application Tips, essays, MHRM

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