The term ‘human resources’ (often abbreviated to ‘HR’) refers to both the human workforce at any given organisation and the staff charged with recruiting, managing and generally getting the best out of this workforce. The term is more commonly used to refer to the latter and, as such we will detail how to find jobs in HR in this article.
Graduate route Due to the often complex, demanding, pressured and intellectual nature of most U.K. HR jobs, employers see a university education and/or professional training as advantageous and often require it. There are not too many specific ‘human resources’ degrees. However, degrees in the fields of business (especially business management), economics and business psychology tie in very closely with human resources. There are also several professional HR courses. Where to find graduate jobs and the nature of them As such, a common place one can find HR vacancies is by looking at graduate recruitment schemes. These can be found in graduate recruitment books (such as The Times’ top 100 graduate schemes book) or online on graduate recruitment sites or companies’ websites. Such schemes typically give successful applicants a (paid) grounding in the practical sides of the business while fast-tracking them into human resources managerial jobs. However, especially in the current economic climate in the UK (and elsewhere), getting such positions is a very competitive business, with up to six application stages and success rates often under 5%.
'Career ladder'/vocational route
The ‘career ladder’ route Although HR careers often require professional training and/or a university education, one does not necessarily need this. For these reasons, the vocational/career ladder route into HR may be preferable for some. By this route, it is meant that one gets an entry-level job in a company and works up the ‘career ladder’, gaining experience and a good reputation within the company. The budding HR person will then hear about promotions within the company which she/he can apply for. However, such people can often find there is a ‘ceiling’ to how far up in the company s/he can go without a degree. Good places to find HR jobs In addition to finding jobs on graduate recruitment sites/books or hearing about them through word of mouth, all of the leading job companies in the U.K., such as Jobsite, Reed and Monster, advertise many HR jobs. On these sites, one can upload one’s CV and search thousands of jobs daily according to individual preferences. There are also many companies which specifically recruit for/advertise HR jobs, such as Simplyhrjobs which advertises in 18 different areas of HR.