How to become an HR Advisor

HR Advisor


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Want to get ‘personnel’? You should be an HR Advisor…

HR Advisors work within a business’s Human Resources department, actively supporting the organisation and the needs of its employees. This could range from conflict management and improving the morale of current staff, through to supporting their training and development, and even recruiting new members of staff to fit into the team.

Day-to-day responsibilities may vary depending on business size and level of previous experience, but typical duties could include:

  • Providing information and advice to employees on workplace regulations and employment legislation
  • Updating personnel records, contracts and salary information
  • Writing job descriptions, analysing CVs and conducting interviews to fill roles across the business
  • Helping with any grievance or disciplinary situations
  • Providing training and development to help employees move forward in their career

You’ll be dealing with people day in and day out, whether they’re current staff or people you’re looking to recruit, so excellent interpersonal skills and a friendly and welcoming manner all need to be part of the package. If you prefer to work solo, this may not be the right role for you.

You’ll also often be dealing with potentially sensitive information, such as personal grievances or disciplinary hearings, so confidentiality and tact should never be underestimated.

Other key skills include:

  • Excellent admin and organisational skills
  • The ability to communicate with people at all levels
  • Research and analysis skills
  • In-depth knowledge of recruitment law, and pro-activity to stay up-to-date with the latest developments
  • Conflict management and problem solving
  • Excellent listening skills

HR Assistant

Up to 25,000

HR advisor

Up to 30,000

HR Manager

Up to 40,000

Working in HR is about much more than being a ‘people person’ (cliché cringe). It’s about recognising the value people bring to your business, and learning how to get the most out of them. Sometimes it can be hard to deal with difficult situations, and you can’t always be everyone’s friend, but I love it. You get to help contribute to the culture of the brand, and bring out the best in people – and it’s the people that really make a company.

Get qualified

It is not a necessary requirement to have a degree to become a HR Advisor. However, it is recommended to have some qualifications specific to the industry, with good examples including the CIPD Level 3 Certificate or the CIPD Level 5 Certificate.

CIPD Level 3 Certificate in HR Practice

This CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate teaches all the fundamentals of Human Resource Practice, equiping you with the practical skills and knowledge needed to progress in the industry. Fully available online and no prerequisites.

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CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate

If you want to further your HR career and progress to the next level, the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in HR Management will provide you with an in-depth understanding of all aspects of the profession.

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