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If you want to work in HR, an interest in people and good communication skills are prerequisites, given the nature of the profession, but depending on the role, HR can demand a range of other capabilities. There are many specialist disciplines within HR (or People) and wealth of career opportunities.
HR leaders and strategists need strong analytical and financial capabilities. In employee relations, you may need legal knowledge. If you go into recruitment, you’ll need sales and negotiation skills. You might also need creativity, empathy, influencing skills, gravitas, approachability, resilience, management expertise, organizational and administrative flair.
Successful HR professionals give diverse reasons for enjoying their role and continually finding motivation. Discover why fifteen different HR experts love their jobs.
With the war for talent and an ever-changing employment landscape, employers from start-up to corporate understand the value of HR strategy, so there’s growing demand for high caliber professionals with board-level potential. Pay varies widely: a junior HR officer might earn £25K but at a senior level in a large commercial organization, six figure salaries and bonuses are common. Successful recruitment consultants earn substantial commissions.
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