Careers in Business, Management and HR - CV Plaza

Careers in Business, Management and HR

Overview

Do you have outstanding organisational skills?
Do you enjoy working with people?
Then a career in Business, Management and HR, could be the right option for you!

Business, Management and HR are at the heart of every company, organisation and charity.

Professionals working in these areas work closely together to ensure the proper and efficient running of the organisation or company they are employed by.

This sector is the main driving point behind any company you as an individual have ever come in contact with; ranging from small local businesses to large international companies. They will all have managers, HR officers and/or professionals working on the day-to-day running of the business.

Professionals working in this sector range from CEOs (Chief-Executive Officer) and Operations Managers to Customer Service and Human Resources Managers.

It is this sector that recruits individuals for the correct job and supports them by offering them training, support, and advice to ensure that they are fully familiar with the products and services of the organisation.

Working for this sector gives you the chance to work with people from every background, meeting new people and developing new policies for the organisation you work for.

Specific areas of work

This sector is divided in the following four key areas:

1) Business

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Business as a sector covers many areas and ultimately offers numerous opportunities to the professionals working within it. A candidate wanting to work within this area could secure a job in a large corporate company or even start a business of their own.

Should an individual wish to work for a company, this role would be very much based on offering advice, especially in regards to management or the way that the company is run. Their ultimate aim would be based around increasing the performance of the business.

As many individuals do choose to work for larger companies, it’s important to acknowledge that they will be asked to work in different areas which may include; finance, insurance, HR or management.

2) Management

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Working within Management is based around working effectively and efficiently with people.

This aspect of the sector is primarily involved with productivity as well as gaining an understanding of what the company’s goals and objectives are and to motivate staff to achieve those.

Similarly to Business, this sector is extremely broad and an individual may work for a large corporate company and be office-based or they may work in retail and be based on the shop floor.

Many roles in this area share some have common duties, including:

  1. Developing and implementing new record systems, which highlight the development of their particular sector or store;
  2. Recording budgets and working with finance to keep record of external and internal expenditure;
  3. Carrying out staff performance reviews as well as discipline when necessary;
  4. Working with requirement to provide training and induction of new members of staff.

3) Recruitment

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Recruitment is an area which involves all employers and employees. The ultimate aim of this sector is to hire people for opening job roles within a company. As this role is very broad a candidate will be given the opportunity to work in a variety of industries such as healthcare, engineering and retail.

An individual will often be involved in the whole recruitment process from producing the job description to conducting interviews and supervising candidates in assessment centres.

In start-ups or small companies an individual may even be asked to develop a recruitment policy.

4) HR

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The role is based on advising other individuals within the company on areas which may affect their employment rights. This area is quite different to the recruitment or management roles as HR professionals are often asked to produce reports or analyses on staff-related issues.

An individual working in HR is not only responsible for ensuring the well being of its employees (rights, training and progression) but also to ensure that the organisation employs the correct balance of skills and experience in order to make the business successful.

Education and qualifications

Entry requirements for a trainee, apprentice or entry-level positions vary but candidates with GCSEs grades A-C or equivalents are generally accepted.

Should a candidate wish to apply for a higher position, at a graduate level, they will be expected to have a minimum of a 2:2 degree.

A degree in any of the following areas would support a strong application:

  1. Human Resource Management
  2. Business/ Business Management / Business with Languages

A candidate may also be expected to have obtained experience within the field, through either a sandwich year placement or a summer internship. This, however, is dependent upon the company but generally the more experience one has of working “in the real world” the better their chances will be of securing an interview and ultimately getting the job.

Skills and personal attributes

  • Communication skills: Individuals working in this sector will be working with people (colleagues, customers, third-parties and the general public) on a daily basis so having excellent communication skills is essential.
  • Written skills: Individuals are often asked to produce reports or documents which highlight any progress or downfalls within their area; therefore they must be capable of interpreting and presenting data in a clear and concise manner.
  • IT skills: The majority of companies operate digitally and as such a candidate must be able to use Microsoft Office, spreadsheets, email and the internet on a daily basis.
  • Team working skills: It is expected of individuals within this sector to work with large groups of people, especially when it comes to developing business strategies or best practises. Team working skills are vital throughout this sector regardless of the job role.
  • Work on your own initiative: An individual within this environment will often be expected to make a decision based on their own initiative as well as later being able to explain their actions. This is extremely important, particularly in Business and Management roles.
  • Organisational skills: Business is a fast-paced environment and organisational skills will ultimately ensure that an individual can keep up to date with projects they have been assigned to complete.

Pay and benefits

On average, professionals working within sector can enjoy good salaries and are eligible for other benefits such as paid travel expenses and bonuses based on their performance.

Depending on which area the individual will work in will ultimately determine their salary.

The breakdown below highlights the salary differences:

  1. Business: Starting salary of around £25,000 per year, increasing to £45,000 with experience.
  2. Management: Starting salary of £18,000 – £30,000, increasing to £50,000 with experience.
  3. Recruitment: Starting salary of around £14,000 – £20,000, increasing to £26,000 with experience.
  4. HR: starting salary of around £19,000, increasing to £25,000 with experience.
    1. Figures are intended as a guideline only.

      Likes and advantages

      • Working in any field: Working within this sector gives an individual the chance to work within any field of their interest because this sector is at the heart of most (if not all) organisations across the different sectors.
      • Rewarding: Given the nature of these roles the individual will be able to see what they have achieved within the company which can be really rewarding; especially in areas where they bring in reform or where they advise or support other people to improve their work.
      • Hands-on Role: This sector is very much a hands-on industry as a professional will be expected to work with a huge variety of people on numerous different tasks.
      • Fast-Pace Environment: As an increasing number of businesses operate within a fast-paced environment, an individual will have the opportunity to work on numerous projects in different areas of the company, making no two days the same!
      • Job Progression: With experience comes job progression- and the more an individual learns and develops through experience, the more chance of progressing in the ranks. Large international companies tend to be very supportive of promoting internal staff.

      Challenges

      1. Long Hours: A candidate may be expected to sometimes work long hours, possibly late nights and in some cases weekends. Managers are expected to put the extra hours when required.
      2. Paper Work: An individual may be asked to produce numerous documents and reports. Even though the role involves communicating with people, they also have to record, track, present and analyse all the information and data!
      3. Stressful: There is a huge pressure on businesses to perform well, which subsequently results in pressure being put on its staff, especially those who are working with customers and advising senior members of staff.

      According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) there are 2.45 million registered businesses in the UK with a rise of 89,000 (3.8%) between March 2014 and March 2015.

      The recent growth in management consulting is also noteworthy as more and more businesses require expert advice and support for their business progression and development.

      This sector is one of the largest industries in the UK and is expected to continue with this upward trend in the coming decade.

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    OVERVIEW

    • SALARY RANGE
      £14.000 – £50.000
    • ENTRY
      Degree or Relevant Work Experience
    • WORKING HOURS
      37 – 45 hours per week

    SKILLS PROFILE

    • Business Knowledge
      Having a sound knowledge of business conventions, practises and strategies
    • Communication Skills
      Ability to communicate effectively with clients and customers
    • Social Skills
      The ability to use social skills to create business relationships
    • Listening Skills
      Excellent listening skills during meetings and other business interactions
    • Organisational Skills
      Ability to keep organised and meet tight deadlines
    • Management
      Exceptional leadership skills to manage, inspire and lead a team
    • Customer Service
      Ensuring the customer’s needs, expectations and requirements are met
    • Telephone Manners
      Ability to making phone calls in a clear and professional manner
    • Bookkeeping
      Keeping records of all the financial affairs of the business

    JOB DESCRIPTIONS