Suggests Need for Trained Human Resource Professionals

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A recent report generated by educational resource revealed that "how to fire someone" is the number one topic for the Web site from January to August 2006. With Ford, Kodak, and AOL making significant cuts in employment this year, the importance of knowledgeable and qualified human resources people to properly and legally terminate employment is escalating.

The article on titled "How to Fire Someone" has been the most popular topic for the Web site to date this year ( With big corporations needing to shrink costs, they're relying more heavily on human resources department to efficiently process layoffs. The popularity of the employment termination topic suggests that many people may not have enough training and knowledge in the area. As labor laws become more complex and specialized from state to state, more employers are concerned about the repercussions of improperly terminating an employee.

"The popularity of the article 'How to Fire Someone' seems to suggest that many companies like Ford, Kodak, and AOL, need more trained and knowledgeable human resource professionals," said Lee Adams, spokesperson for

Since January 2006, Ford has been in the process of laying off 30,000 workers, and media group, AOL, expects to cut 5,000 workers as a means to save $1 billion in costs. Kodak looks to drop 2,000 workers, bringing a three year total to 27,000 workers. Obviously, the topic of how to let go of employees is a big topic in many corporate minds.

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts faster than average growth for human resources, training, and labor relations managers through 2014. Several factors contribute to the strong demand for human resource professionals, including:

  •     An abundant supply of qualified college graduates and job seekers
  •     An aging and retiring workforce
  •     Increasingly stringent OSHA and labor legislation and court rulings
  •     Increasing complexity and costs of health care administration

The BLS reports, "The educational backgrounds of human resources, training, and labor relations managers and specialists vary considerably because of the diversity of duties and levels of responsibility." The BLS also reports that many of these jobs require various levels of education, from a bachelor's degree in business administration to an MBA in human resource management. offers educational resources to succeed in the competitive world of business, whether visitors wish to earn an MBA or even a business technology degree. Visitors may browse a directory of business schools or visit an extensive library of articles focused on business programs.

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