Human Resources Officer

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The role of a Human Resources Officer is to provide support services for the recruitment, employment and training of staff within an organisation. The roles and tasks of Human Resources Officers may vary depending on the type and size of the organisation in which they are employed. Typically, they are involved with recruitment (assessing applications, interviewing applicants, administering selection tests, preparing reports and consulting management regarding staffing appointments), industrial relations, training and development, award interpretation, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and anti-discrimination policy, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and salary administration.

Human Resources Officers must have good planning, analytical and decision making skills, be able to interact and build rapport with a variety of people, and have a willingness to work in a team environment. They also require a strong knowledge of their organisation and industry.

Educational qualifications in Psychology, Human Resources, Business or a related field are often necessary to obtain a job as a Human Resources Officer. Experience in human resources functions and knowledge of OH&S is also desirable. Specialisation in various fields, such as Anthropology or International Affairs will open up the possibility of working with businesses that focus on these disciplines.