There are a number of different areas to specialise in within as an HR professional such as, Payroll, Procurement, Operations and Employee Relations but is most commonly associated with Talent Acquisition. Have you taken a particular interest in that aspect of your HR role or have a background in recruitment and are considering this to be your next step?

What makes a good HR Specialist?

As a successful HR specialist you will first and foremost need to be an expert in your area of human resources as you will be the go to person within the organisation on all things related to your position. If you are a great communicator, detail orientated and have a passion for finding the right people for the job then this is the perfect position for you!

HR specialists will work within the HR department and depending on the organisation will report directly into the HR Director and in most cases will have a team of internal recruiters/recruitment administrators to line manage.

It is crucial for an HR Specialist to have an in depth understanding of how each department operates, how the employees work and the importance of each role within the organisation in order to recruit effectively. This will also be fundamental in ensuring employees are happy in turn having a positive effect of employee retention. They are required to work closely with the management of each department, feeding back information to the senior management team promoting ongoing business success.

It is the responsibility of the HR Specialist to ensure the entire recruitment process runs smoothly acting as the face of the company during the interview process remembering that an interview is also a good opportunity for the candidate to get a good feel of the company too. Having a solid understanding of labour legislation and the payroll process is also essential.

Key responsibilities might also include:

  • Shortlist and conduct candidate interviews
  • Put together a new starter pack including a contract, offer letter and company handbook outlining company policies and procedures
  • Overseeing the hiring process
  • Terminations of employment
  • Responsible for dealing with any employment related issues & complaints
  • Identify new opportunities within the business
  • Co-ordinate employee benefits and rewards

Following usually around 2 years’ experience within an HR Advisory role you may feel that your natural progression would be to step into a more senior HR Specialist position particularly drawn to that specific area of an organisation. To support your working experience you may have already completed or studying towards a CIPD qualification, we would recommend this a chosen path of study and to obtain level 5 and /or 7 is highly sort after in today’s market.

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.

CIPD level 7 will give you a good understanding of developing skills for business leadership, resourcing and talent management, reward management, managing employee relations and more. Explore the CIPD level 7 qualification.

HR Specialist’s average salary banding in the East Midlands - £28-40k per annum but this does vary depending on the organisation you’re in.