Written by Kimberley Startup | March 5, 2014
HR recruitment is a central part of Webrecruit’s work and HR itself attracts many job seekers who consider themselves ‘people persons’ and who would like to work in an office role. A HR officer, also known as a personnel officer, is typically involved in work ranging from the hiring of staff and working alongside other staff for the planning of future staff requirements, to providing staff training and development and keeping employee records.
There are many more responsibilities that you may find yourself taking on as a HR officer. You may field enquiries from workers in your firm who claim not to have been paid, or you may arrange staff services like counselling or welfare. HR recruitment is also carried out by companies that require someone to deal with complaints and discipline procedures, give advice on such matters as pay negotiations and redundancy or write staff handbooks.
While those working in smaller firms tend to get involved in all of these aforementioned aspects and more, those employed by larger organisations often specialise in just a few key areas. With HR officer work being largely office-based, except for those times when you may need to travel to a meeting on another company site, you can expect to work the usual Monday to Friday office hours – although part-time and temporary work may also be possible. Income in such a role ranges from the £15,000 to £19,000 a year that can be commanded by a HR assistant administrator, to as much as £50,000 a year or more for the most seasoned and capable HR managers.
But what do you require to attract the attentions of firms involved in HR recruitment and to begin climbing this particular career ladder? Well, you will certainly need the right skills, interests and qualities, such as a tactful and friendly – but also firm – manner, as well as the ability to build good working relationships with all types of colleagues. You should also be good at organising yourself, be able to treat confidential information with discretion and possess sound computer and administration skills.
You will also be well-served by a good all-round standard of education and previous office work experience. It can be advantageous to approach an employer while already holding human resources management qualifications, such as those offered by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), although you may also be able to work towards these in post – studying part-time alongside a role as an assistant administrator in a firm’s HR department, for example.
Relevant CIPD qualifications for making an impact in your desired next employer’s HR recruitment drive or for furthering an existing HR career range from the Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Human Resources Practice to an Advanced Level Diploma in Human Resource Management. Such qualifications could assist you in achieving CIPD membership, opening up further continuing professional development opportunities.
Speak to Webrecruit today about all manner of HR recruitment, including landing your first HR officer role.