Careers Service

Human Resources

Sometimes known as personnel management, human resource management involves supporting and effectively managing the people who work for an organisation. HR is a key business function with professionals making decisions and choices that enable organisations to operate effectively, competitively and profitably.

Getting into the role

There are various entry routes into HR work. Typical entry is either via a established graduate scheme, combining work experience with a Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) recognised qualification or as a junior HR administrator or officer.

Employers will be looking for people with communication and influencing skills, people who work well and can make decisions in pressurised environments and can work with and manage others effectively.

  • Try to get as much relevant work experience as possible before making your graduate job applications. Use Careerslink to search for relevant internships and placements.
  • Volunteering to do specific projects within an organisation such as reviewing absence or induction policies may also be a good way of gaining experience. See our advice on volunteering to help you.
  • Develop your commercial awareness and business understanding. Read industry specific journals such as People Management. Back issues of this journal are available in the Careers Library.
  • Think about becoming involved in societies - organising events or managing teams will also demonstrate relevant skills to employers.

Vacancy Sources

  • Careerslink Careers Service database enables you to search for HR vacancies, work experience or volunteering opportunities.
  • TARGET Jobs Find graduate jobs and work experience.
  • Changeboard Search for a range of role in HR.
  • Personnel Today Browse HR vacancies by job area.
  • Simply HR Jobs Search for HR roles via location and salary.