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The HR industry is developing year by year, new jobs and positions are created. Who will be a recruiter, HR and payroll specialist or HR Business Partner? What qualities and skills are in demand in the Human Resources industry?
Recruiter career - what skills and qualities are welcome?
Open-minded people who like contact with people are perfect for recruiting. Telephone calls and meetings with many different people are an inseparable element of a recruiter's work, so freedom in establishing relationships and ease of expression are extremely appreciated. Listening and empathy are also very important - the recruiter must be able to help the candidate choose the appropriate career path that will be tailored to his preferences and competences. Flexibility and creativity are also important - the recruiting specialist should actively respond to market needs. Extroverts will do well in this position.
The specificity of a recruiter's work is related to the challenges of the changing labor market, often the recruitment process has to be restarted. In addition, clients require the prompt presentation of suitable candidates. Therefore, people who want to develop as a recruiter should be able to work under time pressure and be goal-oriented - comments Katarzyna Prażanowska, who in HRK is responsible, among others, for recruiting consultants.
What studies should a recruiter graduate from?
People who would like to develop in the area of recruitment should think about psychology or human resource management studies. Professional education is not required, but this kind of knowledge will certainly be useful in everyday work. Graduates of linguistic studies can also find their way into the recruitment process - knowledge of foreign languages is useful for verifying the language skills of candidates.
Recently, we have also observed the migration of people who work on the client's side and know a given market well, to recruitment. Then, major studies, e.g. related to engineering or IT, are an additional factor that contributes to a better understanding of the sector for which the recruiter conducts projects - comments Katarzyna Prażanowska, Talent Acquisition Leader at HRK.
The beginning of the recruitment path
People who choose the recruitment path often start from the position of researcher, but not always. A very good knowledge of a specific industry is also valued, so someone who, for example, worked for many years as an Account Manager in an advertising agency, may well find himself in the role of a consultant specialized in recruitment for the needs of the media industry.
Features and skills of an HR Business Partner
People who establish relationships with ease will do well in the position of HR Business Partner. HR Business Partner works with managers in the field of people management, so business attitude, communication skills and good work organization are also important. Working with data is part of the daily duties of HR BP, so analytical skills will certainly be useful. You cannot forget about the substantive knowledge - it is necessary to know labor law.
What education should an HR Business Partner have?
For this position, education in management, human resource management, projects or entrepreneurship is welcome. Sociological and psychological knowledge may also be useful.
Who can become an HR Business Partner?
HR BP should have extensive knowledge and experience in every area of HR - recruitment, training, building development programs / talent management, employee evaluation, benefits, analysis of indicators and market forecasts, and Employer Branding. A HR specialist or HR Generalist may be promoted to the position of HR Business Partner.
The position of HR Business Partner is becoming more and more popular on the Polish market - both among candidates and employers who create such roles in their organizations. HR Business Partner, thanks to extensive knowledge in the field of HR, plays a key advisory role for line managers, which, to some extent, also affects the functioning and strategy of the company. In developed organizations with high HR standards, the role of HR BP is dedicated to a specific business area within one company, which may mean that there are several such positions in one organization. Therefore, it is important that people who want to work in such positions have the ability to work in a team, but also as an independent and proactive unit.
Human Resources and Payroll Specialist - What qualities and skills will be useful?
The person wishing to become an HR and payroll specialist should be able to work with data. In this position, diligence and the ability to plan and organize working time well are important. The HR and payroll specialist works with an internal client, so he should be open to contact with people. The ability to work on HR and payroll systems is also important. Due to changes that often appear in labor law, the HR and payroll specialist should also be open to acquiring new knowledge and constantly expanding their competences. In this position - unlike a recruiting career - introverts will do well.
At work in this position, there will be people who can use their expert knowledge based on the provisions of labor law and remuneration in the daily functioning of the company, while reconciling its interests and meeting the needs of the employee. They must be empathetic people who find themselves in complex, often complicated legal-employee or law-organization situations.
Education of a human resources and payroll specialist
The HR and payroll specialist should have good substantive knowledge of labor law. Education in areas such as finance and accounting, economics, and administration is welcome.
How to become a human resources and payroll specialist?
A person who would like to become an HR and payroll specialist in the future may start their career path as an assistant in the payroll / HR department. In this position, you can learn about HR and payroll systems and learn how to manage documentation.
An increasingly frequent trend on the market, due to the multitude of issues in each of the areas, is the separation of the functions of a human resources specialist or a payroll specialist. In addition, people in these positions are dedicated as expert support for HR BP or managers managing a specific business line. Thanks to their enormous substantive knowledge, they are also involved in the implementation of various projects, including: outplacement, implementation of HR programs, e.g. HR and payroll programs, related to recording working time, co-creating the remuneration budget, as well as creating internal regulations and procedures related to e.g. with a salary or a social benefit fund. They also act as advisors in the field of labor law and remuneration.
So who will find themselves in the HR industry? Actually… everyone! All you need to do is choose the appropriate career path tailored to your predispositions. Extroverts who are open to making contacts will do well as a recruiter. Analytical and meticulous people can choose the path of a HR and payroll specialist or HR Administrator, and the team management skills and business attitude will be useful in the position of HR Business Partner or HR Team Leader.