"When you look at the way that my career's developed, in hindsight every move looks logical but at the time some of the moves seemed a little out of place." Simon left school after his A-levels and went to work for a bank, before moving to Spain to learn Spanish. He came back to England, set up his own business and studied for a master's degree, then took a job with one of his clients. He now works in human resources, focusing on training and other ways to help staff do their jobs better.
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Human resource managers and directors plan, organise and direct the personnel, training and industrial relations policies of organisations, advise on resource allocation and utilisation problems, measure the effectiveness of an organisation’s systems, methods and procedures and advise on, plan and implement procedures to improve utilisation of labour, equipment and materials.
There are no pre-set entry standards, although entry is most common with a degree or equivalent qualification. Off- and on-the-job training is provided and professional qualifications are available. NVQs/SVQs in relevant subjects are available at levels 3, 4 and 5.
- Determines staffing needs
- Oversees the preparation of job descriptions, drafts advertisements and interviews candidates
- Oversees the monitoring of employee performance and career development needs
- Provides or arranges for provision of training courses
- Undertakes industrial relations negotiations with employees’ representatives or trades unions
- Develops and administers salary, health and safety and promotion policies
- Examines and reports on company and departmental structures, chains of command, information flows, etc. and evaluates efficiency of existing operations
- Considers alternative work procedures to improve productivity
- Stays abreast of relevant legislation, considers its impact on the organisation’s HR strategy and recommends appropriate action.
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