How to become a human resources manager

Oversee the activities and experiences of an organisation’s workforce cycle, from recruitment through to exit.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete an undergraduate degree business, majoring in human resource management, or another relevant qualification related to human resources management.
  2. Already studied an undergraduate degree? Change careers or progress your career with a postgraduate degree. This can open more doors to roles in directing, consulting or advising.

What does a human resources manager do?

Duties and tasks

  • Act on behalf of organisations in determining salary, benefits and conditions of employment and negotiating with unions
  • Create and administer periodic performance management systems to evaluate individual and group effectiveness and make efforts to improve overall performance of the organisation
  • Develop and evaluate human resource policies and strategies to fulfil company needs
  • Develop company policies on equal opportunity, anti-discrimination and other employee policies and ensure that relevant governmental employment and occupational laws are adhered
  • Develop occupational health and safety procedures as well as company policies on workers compensation and ensuring compliance with local safety standards
  • Manage employment budget and productivity and facilitate cut-backs and dismissal policies and procedures
  • Manage the hiring process with other Managers for open positions, including recruitment strategies and interviewing techniques to hire the most qualified candidates

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