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      Human Resource Management (HRM), also known as Personnel Management:

          • It may involve: organisation and manpower planning, recruitment and selection, termination of employment, training and development, industrial relations, job evaluation and employee services.
          • Any degree subject is normally acceptable, although law, psychology and business-related degrees (particularly if you have taken a module in HR) are often seen as being particularly 'relevant'. A scientific or technical background can be an asset in some organisations.

      There are three main routes for graduates into HRM:

          • Through a graduate training scheme. The most competitive route in.
          • Following a postgraduate course There are a number of Masters degrees and postgraduate diplomas in HRM Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) courses are available in many locations and modes of study see; .
          • Through a junior role such as Personnel Assistant. This will help you to gain relevant experience that will allow you to progress in your career. Jobs may be advertised in the local press, through recruitment agencies or through websites for specialist industry sectors such as [5] for the public sector.

      Employers: any employer with a sufficient number of employees to justify a specialist personnel section may employ HR managers: e.g. manufacturing or service industries; local government; health authorities; universities and colleges; commercial organisations.
      Experience relevant to personnel work can also be gained in other related fields, particularly retail management [6] and recruitment consultancy [7].
      Qualities required include good communication [8] and negotiating [9] skills; persistence, tact, self-reliance and patience, some analytical and numerical [10] ability and commercial awareness [11].
      Competition for vacancies in HRM is invariably keen and applicants therefore need to be strongly motivated towards this work; to demonstrate that they have considered what the work is likely to involve and whether they are personally suited. Try to shadow a personnel manager, get office experience

    PROFILE: Personnel Manager

    Prospects Job profile
    TIPS: Contact company personnel departments, offer to do vacation work, don't be afraid to take a low paid first job. Competition for jobs in personnel is invariably keen & applicants must be strongly motivated towards this work; to demonstrate that they have considered what the work is likely to involve & whether they are personally suited.

    PROFILE: Equal Opportunities Officer

    Prospects Job Profile
    TIPS: Entry advisable either with exemption from all/part of CIPD qualification or into junior Personnel position. Graduate management training schemes in Personnel are hard to get, but a very good route in.

    PROFILE: Training Manager

    Prospects Job Profile
    TIPS: Apply as a generalist for personnel. Common sense & lack of arrogance a must!


PROFILE Recruitment Consultant




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