Human Resources School Leaver Jobs - Careers Guide

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Human resources involves training, developing and managing staff. In most jobs, training doesn't stop when someone wants to hire you – if anything, that's where it all gets interesting as you put the skills you've learned into practise and find out what else you need to progress in your job.

Some companies employ people to keep track of what kinds of training and development all the employees need, and that's where human resource officers come in.

What’s it all about?TOP ^

Human resources or HR officers are generally in charge of a company's employees as a whole– they sift through the CVs that come in when there's a vacancy going and they're looking for staff to recruit, help to resolve differences between colleagues, develop and implement workplace policies, manage employee records and make sure everyone's paid on time. Personnel management is seen as a more specialised role within human resources, handling the administrative aspect but not getting too involved with creating policies.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is a professional organisation that supports people who work in this industry, and offers a lot of opportunities to develop a career in human resources at a variety of levels. Some jobs will ask for someone who is CIPD qualified.

You'll work fairly regular hours in this job, with limited travel (depending on the company). You will need to know the latest laws and regulations around employment and employee rights, as it's your job to make sure a company complies with them.
People will be bringing their complaints to you more often than they'll tell you how much they like the company, so you've got to be good at handling difficult situations that require tact and diplomacy.

What will I earn? TOP ^

Human resource officers earn around £18,000-£25,000, with senior managers making well over £50,000. Personnel administrators start off with a salary of £15,000-£20,000, and can earn over £30,000 as a personnel manager.

Where can I work? TOP ^

You can enter a human resources job through experience in office administration so you can get straight in as a school leaver, but you'll need qualifications in personnel management and human resources to progress.

Human resources roles are available in almost every industry and business, as employers increasingly look to improve the output of their employees. You will work on recruitment, improving staff performance, initiatives and training.

What skills will I need for human resources? TOP ^

This kind of job needs a lot of organisation, so the ability to multitask will keep you on top of everything. You’ve got to have good people skills, the ability to listen well and bags of self-motivation to complete a variety of time-sensitive tasks.

Working with people with be a large part of your job in HR, so you will require skills in communication and teamwork. These skills are essential to effectively manage the employee needs of your employer. As conflict management will also be central to your HR job, skills in this area are also beneficial.

Some of the skills that human resources recruiters might look for are:

What entry level human resources jobs can I do? TOP ^

Human resources is a relatively new concept in industry, so it is still possible to get into the industry without a degree, although these are increasingly popular.

Some entry level human resources jobs include:

  • Human resources officer
  • Careers adviser
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Human resources administrator
  • Training and development officer
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