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About the role We have a new opportunity for a 12 month internship as a Human Resources (HR) Intern from November 2018 until October 2019 in a busy HR team. This is a great opportunity to not only learn about the HR function but to be part of a European c
HR stands for Human Resources. HR professionals are the people who look after the employees of an organisation. Their duties include finding the very best candidates and hiring them, or developing training and professional development plans for existing members of staff. They also intervene if there are any personal or legal issues that might happen in the workplace.
Consequently, HR can require a delicate touch. You’ll need to be compassionate and able to cope with difficult situations (for instance, you may need to make an employee redundant). Emotional intelligence is a must. You’ll also have to keep in mind the commercial goals of the business and balance these against employee needs. It can be a rewarding experience too, as you’ll get to solve employee problems and create a calmer, happier workplace.
HR incorporates many roles, including recruitment, learning and development, and Workplace Health and Safety (WHS). You’ll be the human face of the company for your employees, so a level of kindness and professionalism is required. HR sets the standard for employee behaviour, so in some regards the HR department should act as a role model for the rest of the company.
HR departments often run events to foster coordination in a company, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to express yourself creatively.
Often, although not always, you’ll need a degree to get a permanent position in a HR department.