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Human resources manager

What does a human resources manager do?

A human resource manager plays a vital role in managing one of the most valuable assets of an organisation - its employees. Working in human resources (HR) involves both admin tasks and strategic planning with a focus on attracting and retaining staff. Strategic human resources management can include developing performance management systems for employees, preparing reports, training staff, and liaising with unions. In a HR role you would usually work in an office and be part of an organisation’s leadership or management team. There are many industries you could work in, including healthcare, education, finance government or not-for-profit.

Is a career as a human resources manager right for me?

If you’re a natural leader who gets getting energy from interacting with others, you might like being a HR manager. Other helpful skills and attributes beneficial for this role include:

  • a highly organised nature
  • strong decision-making abilities
  • an ability to multitask and manage competing priorities 
  • strong communication skills 
  • good conflict management skills
  • a high ethical standard and the ability to maintain confidentiality.

How to become a human resources manager

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to a career as a human resources manager. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of HR:
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Last updated May 2024.

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