What you need to succeed… Ideally, you will be educated to degree level and have graduate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, along with at least three years’ experience at HR officer level.
A familiarity with interviewing techniques and a detailed knowledge of employment legislation would be advantageous, as would previous experience of managing high-volume recruitment campaigns.
What is involved… As the job title suggests, you will have overall responsibility for the organisation’s recruitment needs. In many instances, this will not be limited to simply filling vacancies, but will also involve dealing with staff who are leaving, transferring internally or relocating, and going on maternity leave. You may also be responsible for the induction of new employees.
As with most HR roles at this level, you are likely to be asked to monitor, review and amend processes and procedures, in line with changes to company policy and employment law.
Prospects… Good, if you wish to remain working for a larger organisation. The more staff, the greater the need for someone to take overall responsibility for a company’s recruitment needs, whereas within the smaller companies, the role is more likely to fall within the remit of an HR officer or HR manager.