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Here's What You Need to Know to Build Your Career In Human Resources:

Human resource staff are responsible for managing a company's workforce. Their tasks revolve around job safety, employee relations, new recruitment, training and development, labour law compliance and compensation and benefits.

Whether you are working in-house or working as an outsourced HR individual, almost every organisation requires a human resource department in some form or another to manage their structure and business needs.

Is Human Resources Right For You?

It goes without saying to work in HR you need to have strong communication skills. Your duties are to advise on behalf of your employer and verbally deal with other employees. What you say carries weight, so you need to be clear and concise in how you express what needs to be said in a professional manner.

As well as being an effective communicator you must be able to demonstrate strong conflict management skills. Human resource professionals should use critical thinking when matters of conflict arise in a workplace to defuse the situation if things get out of hand. Gathering information, identifying issues and coming up with solutions and negotiating possible outcomes will ensure levelheadedness prevails in a workplace.

Other requirements for working in human resources are good ethics and strong organisational skills. You need to be discreet in this job and everything must be in working order to ensure the smooth running of the operation. Being able to demonstrate these traits in a human resource role will see you have a long and prosperous career within the HR industry.

Job Opportunities

If you are contemplating a career in human resources, here are some figures and facts you'll be happy with from the Australian Government Job Outlook Initiative:

  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,336 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • They mainly work in: Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 37.0 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Human Resource Clerks work in most parts of Australia.

Types of Courses

Short courses in human resources are plentiful. They are offered to residents living in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Australia wide. Offered both online and face to face, discovering which one is right for you all depends on where you are at in your career, beginning or furthering your position, there's a short course for everyone.

Here are a few qualifications for you to consider:

Certificate IV in Human Resources

This course is undertaken over a year and is designed for individuals looking to take on a managerial role in a human resources environment such as human resource assistants, coordinators or administrators and payroll officers.

Career Outcomes

A career in human resources could see you influencing some of the biggest companies. Here are some potential job titles you could hold:

  • Human Resources Officer
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Office Manager
  • Work Health & Safety Assistant
  • Team Leader
  • Supervisor
  • Safety Manager
  • Safety Officer
  • Safety Advisor
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Office Administrator
  • Operations Manager
  • Department Manager
  • Project Leader
  • view all

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