How to become a human resources professional

Coordinate and administer employee recruitment and facilitate workplace negotiations.

What does a human resources professional do?

HR professionals maximise a business’s investment in staffing. They work hard to recruit the right people, keep them safe and happy in the workplace, and if retention is no longer viable, offboard employees fairly and efficiently.

Duties and tasks

  • Collect job vacancy information and advertise job openings internally and externally on career websites and other resources and narrow applicant pool based on position qualifications.
  • Evaluate legislation, employment contracts, salary payment procedures and dispute settlement actions to advise organisations policies.
  • Facilitate the orientation of new employees including collecting and completing all required paperwork, specifying job expectations and salary, benefits and other details.
  • Generate cooperative contracts such as salary adjustment procedures, policies for relations in the workplace and implementation of updates.
  • Give management information and feedback regarding policies and procedures in the workplace, employee assessments and corrective matters.
  • Handle disagreements and grievances in the workplace and discuss terms of employment.
  • Manage employee records and human resources data systems.

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