Human Resources Management

As a Human Resource Manager, you will be responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the functions related to human resources such as recruitment, training, compensation etc. in an organization.

What do Human Resource Managers do?

Human resource managers with an expertise in each core disciplines of HRM are responsible for formulation and approval of policies regarding human resources, directing and managing the department and the employees, preparation of handbooks, dealing with complaints and disciplinary procedures etc. HR managers serve as a link between the organization’s management and the its employees.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Explaining human resources policies, procedures, laws, and standards to new and existing employees
  • Checked Evaluating policies regarding staff performance and health and safety
  • Checked Overseeing the hiring process which includes coordinating job posts, reviewing resumes, and performing reference checks
  • Checked Reviewing and resolving issues of pay, working conditions, performance management, equal opportunities, and absence management
  • Checked Advising on pay and other remuneration issues including promotions and benefits
  • Checked Administering compensation and maintaining employee records
  • Checked Processing personnel action forms and ensuring proper approval
  • Checked Analysing training needs in conjunction with departmental managers
  • Checked Dealing with grievances and implementing disciplinary procedures
  • Checked Developing HR planning strategies which consider immediate and long-term staff requirements
  • Checked Planning and sometimes delivering training including new staff inductions

What are the main specialisations in Human Resource Management?

Specialization in training and development comprehends the knowledge in company operations, professional needs, training methodologies etc.. They train both new and existing employees.
Specialists in this area will be aware of the industry standard of pay for each position, will be an expert in making appropriate suggestions regarding compensation and benefits packages for the employees on the basis of experience, seniority, and company contribution.
Specializing in this area, will enable one to take responsibility of curating resumes of job seekers, and making recommendations to the human resources department for specific hires on the basis of experience and personal interaction.
This specialization equips people with knowledge in assisting other company managers in development of effective leadership techniques and to mediate any disputes between company employees.
With this specialization, a person will earn expertise on preparing budget for departments and will be responsible for ensuring budgetary guidelines by the departments.

How to become a Human Resources Manager?

Step 1
Take any stream in 10+ 2

Candidates who have chosen any stream at the plus two level is eligible for higher studies in management subjects. But a plus two in commerce is always an added advantage.

Step 2
Take a Bachelor's’ Degree

To build a career in Human Resources Management, you can either opt any bachelor's’ degree or opt the common courses offered at the UG level in the field of management like BBA/BMS/BBM. Afterwards you can choose core specialisation courses in Human Resources at the PG level. The duration of the bachelor’s programs is usually 3 years.

Step 3
Take a Masters in Human Resource Management

Choice of a reputed institute for management degree courses sometimes plays a greater role than the choice of a particular program of study.

The most common and recommendable path way to an HR Career is MBA/PGDM in Human Resources. MHRM (Masters in Human Resources Management) from reputed institutes are also equally good. The IIMs, the top management institutes in the country, offer various specialisations in management under the name ‘Post graduate Programs’. The duration masters in any management specialisation is usually 2 years.

Note: MSW - Human Resource Management

A few institutions provide MSW (Master of Social Work) in human resource management.

Step 4
Take an MPhil/PhD

MPhil & PhD in Human Resources are available in different institutes. MPhil is a one year program suitable for candidates who wish to pursue their careers as academicians and researchers. PhD aspirants can do in-depth research works in different functional areas.

Note: FPM (Fellow Program in Management)

FPM is a 5 year full time Doctoral programme provided by Indian Institutes of Management(IIMs).

Human Resources Management Colleges

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Requirements for Masters in Human Resources Management

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (from National Academy of Sports Management (Master of Sports Management)

  • A bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognised university.
  • Interview & Test
  • Shortlisted candidates will be called for personal interview based on marks obtained in graduation
  • Final selection is based on graduation marks and performance in personal interview.

Foreign (from EU Business School, (Barcelona, Geneva, Montreux Munich) for MBA in Sports Management)

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Proof of English level: TOEFL overall score 89 (internet-based); IELTS - Overall Score of 6.5.
  • A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A satisfactory score on the GMAT or GRE.
  • An interview with the academic dean.
  • 2 letters of recommendation.
  • 1 written or video essay

To see the entrance exams, scholarships and UG admission details, click here

Skills Required

Employee Relations

It is necessary for human resource managers to possess the ability to manage conflict and be an advocate for both the employer and its employees.

Performance Management

Skills in setting expectations for employees, monitoring performance, developing their capacity to perform and rating performance is very essential for an HR manager and these skills rely heavily on strong communication and interpersonal abilities.

Teamwork and Collaboration

This skill requires a mix of interpersonal, problem solving, and communication skills needed for a group to work together towards a common goal.


Managers are required to direct,a team towards pre-set goals.

Problem solving and analytical skills

An essential skill required in this field as managers analyse situations and reports to provide solutions to complex problems.

Adaptability to change

According to the changing trends and needs of people, managers need to adopt new techniques and methods to deal with them.

Time management

Managers must plan tasks and make sure efficiency is maintained in its completion, thus management of time is highly important.


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