Human Resources Consultant
“People management and leadership lies on shoulders of managers and HR's job is to equip and support managers in doing that.”
Sharina, Human Resource Consultant
We haven’t been taken over by robots (yet), so most businesses rely heavily on humans to operate. And that’s where the Human Resources (HR) Consultant comes in. They ensure that an organisation’s human capital serves the best interests of the company and vice-versa. Generally, they can be involved in recruitment, hiring and payroll to name a few. However, can choose to specialise in one area alone.
As a HR Consultant, you could be expected to do the following:
- Developing and integrating HR policies, procedures and programs into a company’s daily operations
- Ensure business practices are accordance to set policies and law
- Communicating with employees to ensure business practices are of best fit
- Help train line managers in their leadership and management skills
- Identifying top talents and matching them to job opportunities
- Perfom internal reviews and audit of current systems and policies
- Help deal with employee relation issues
Key Skills & Characteristics
A HR Consultant should:
- Have excellent interpersonal skills with the capability to communicate across all levels
- Be flexible and adapt to change
- Have the ability to multi-task and prioritise effectively
- Possess great planning and organising skills
- Be able to problem solve and have attention to detail
- Have strong influencing and coaching skills
There are no specific qualifications to become a HR Consultant. But it would probably be wise to study a degree in business or something that is related to the industry you want to work in. Because of the competitive nature of the industry a lot of people do a postgraduate degree in Human Resources Management. It’s more about getting relevant work experience under your belt. Easier said than done, I know!
In Sharina’s instance she did a degree in Mathematical Science for Business Industry and Finance. In addition, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management. However, it was her work experience from a variety of HR positions and being a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) that she felt were key in becoming a HR Consultant.
Advice From Our Experts
“Set yourself two or three goals that will help your HR progression. Max out every opportunity in your current role that will give you transferable skills such as working face to face with people, taking part in interviews or working on assessments.”
- Sharina, HR Consultant, on making yourself a more appealing candidate.
- Variety - The role itself brings a lot of variety
- People - Liaising with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds
- Making an Impact - The satisfaction of helping management to deliver targets in an engaging and innovative way
- HR Perception - Often the HR perception as an administrative function hinders the ability to influence at boardroom level
- Difficult People - Working with difficult personalities
- Management - Management limiting the ability to introduce new policies and procedures