At this stage in your HR career, you will now have a good understanding of how an HR team works and the structure of how you see your career progressing. You’re ready to take one step further into the exciting world of human resources?

What makes a good HR Advisor?

As a successful HR Advisor you will need to be a good people person, detail focused, able to negotiate, process driven, assertive, objective and unbiased. It is also important to remain patient and calm, as an HR Advisor you will have to multi-task and communicate with colleagues at all levels.

HR Advisors are the go to people within an organisation for all junior level employees to reach out to for advice on all human resources related issues and to provide an understanding of policies and procedures outlined by the senior management team.

HR Advisors are often seen to be the ‘middle man’ relaying information from the senior management team to department managers and other employees. They will get a great insight into how an organisation is ran and a good understanding of each departments specific needs. Depending on the size of an organisation the HR advisor will work as part of a team of other advisors, report into the HR Manager or their direct senior and help to coach/advise the HR Administrator/Assistant in their progression.

Other key responsibilities might also include:

  • Provide recruitment advice to hiring managers
  • Provide advice on policies, procedure and legislation
  • Write company policies and procedures ready for management approval
  • Advise staff on development opportunities and training processes
  • Assist with management of staff’s professional development
  • Sit in on formal meetings
  • Assist with any change processing for the organisation
  • Negotiate terms and conditions of new starters including start date & salary

Moving into an advisory role is usually the natural next step from an assistant or administrative position however you may have gained your experience a different way i.e. a managerial position with HR related duties. Often organisations are looking for a minimum of 2 years working experience within human resources and ideally a professional qualification with level 3 and/or 5 CIPD. It is worth bearing in mind that many organisations will offer some form of study support, don’t forget to ask!

CIPD level 3 will give you a good understanding of the role of HR in an organisation, resourcing new talent and the recruitment process, good practice in performance and reward management, using HR information and more. Explore the CIPD professional qualifications. 

CIPD level 5 will give you a good understanding of employment law, reward management, how HR impacts and benefits business, using HR information, employee relations and more. Explore the CIPD level 5 qualification.

HR Advisors average salary banding in the East Midlands - £21-28k per annum but this does vary depending on the organisation that you’re in.