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Human Resources

Human Resources


Human resources (HR) officers are involved in the personnel side of a company or organisation. They can be involved with recruitment, training and development and aim to ensure that the people employed by a business or organisation are the right people in terms of skills and experience.

Other areas covered include: working practices, pay, conditions of employment, negotiation with external work-related agencies, and equality and diversity.

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Candidates will need to show evidence of the following:

Source: Prospects

Human Resources

Things to Consider:

The HR profession offers excellent opportunities for advancement and increased levels of responsibility.

A career in human resources offers great flexibility. You may choose to work in a small corporation, where each member of the HR team has a significant level of responsibility. Alternatively, you may prefer to work in a larger firm with a more expansive HR structure, where you would have a narrower range of duties and the opportunity to develop a more in-depth, specialized skill set.

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New graduates entering the profession need to be flexible in terms of geographical location and/or the type of HR work they want as competition for vacancies is usually intense.

During a key recruitment intake or during a time of redundancies, there may often be periods of extended hours.

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Prospects- HR job description Why would I want to work in HR?

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