Do you want a career in human resources but not too sure that it might entail? The human resources department has to make sure that firstly, the company hires the most suitable employees and secondly, that those employee's rights and benefits are properly satisfied. This includes maintaining employee relations, ensuring health and safety standards are met, advising employers on employment law, pay and benefits, hiring, firing and training. Working in human resources can take on a few different forms; working in a large company hiring new employees, a small (but important) part of a company, agencies specialising in a niche industrial or working within a recruitment agency sourcing job hunters for new businesses. Within this last category there are also 'headhunters' who are responsible for sourcing executive and professional employees.
Typical skills for human resources include:
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills as the largest part of this job deals with people;
- Good team-skills and able to get on with a wide variety of people;
- Good organisational skills;
- Good administrative and management skills;
- Highly flexible and adaptable;
- Good with numbers and budgets;
- Computer literate.