What's it like to be a Human Resources Officer?
As a Human Resources (HR) Officer your main role is to help manage people across a wide range of areas to ensure the wellbeing of all employees and foster effective workplace relations. Human Resources Officers assist the Human Resources Manager and wider team with tasks such as recruitment and hiring, employee performance, remuneration and rewards, training and inductions, employee relations, and workplace health and safety.
Tasks and duties
- Providing advice and assistance on HR policies, projects and procedures.
- Assisting the HR Manager in recruitment activities such as preparing job descriptions, advertising roles and conducting interviews.
- Overseeing the onboarding of new staff and assisting in the development of onboarding procedures.
- Preparing reports for the HR Manager and maintaining employee records.
- Developing training and development programs.
- Assisting with performance management processes and devising staff remuneration, rewards and recognition and wellbeing programs.
- Dealing with workplace relations issues such as complaints, conflicts, grievances and misconduct.
- Coordinating workplace health and safety initiatives.
- Organising counselling or support for staff members dealing with a workplace accident or personal trauma.
- Reviewing employment and working conditions to ensure legal compliance.
- Managing staff succession planning.
What can I earn as a Human Resources Officer?
How to become a Human Resources Officer
- Undertake a qualification in human resource management, such as a Diploma in Human Resources Management. These courses will help you to develop skills in such areas as talent management, recruitment, and workplace health and safety.
- If you wish to undertake further study, you might consider completing an Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources) or Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) or alternatively specialising in a particular area of human resources such as completing a Graduate Diploma of Business (Industrial Relations and Human Resources).
- Gain work experience. You may choose, for example, to do an internship in the HR department of a company, take on an administrative support role in an HR department or do volunteer HR work at a not for profit organisation.