Top Five Things To Look For When Hiring A Professional HR Consultant
Staffing a business and finding the right people to take your company further can be a challenging proposition. A human resource consultant is a professional tasked with solving or meeting a human resources-related need. Often they are hired to provide high-level solutions and recommendations to leadership and management teams.
If you’re looking for an HR consultant who can solve all your staffing and recruitment issues, AME Consulting has put together a list of the top five things to look for when hiring HR and leadership coaching expertise.
1. Human resource experience
The first thing to look for when hiring a professional HR consultant is human resource experience. Ideally, this person should have at least five years of experience in human resources in varied industries. They should also have an understanding of the latest trends in recruiting, employee and labour relations, benefits administration, training and development, and other related areas.
2. A comprehensive knowledge of HR practices
Another critical factor to consider when hiring an HR consultant is their comprehensive knowledge of human resources practices. The ideal candidate should be well-versed in all aspects of human resources management, from recruitment and onboarding through performance management, compensation and benefits administration, employee and labour relations, and more. Additionally, they should be up-to-date on relevant laws that govern employment, such as those pertaining to equal opportunity employment, workplace safety regulations, and labor laws.
3. People skills
It is essential that the HR consultant you hire has excellent people skills. This includes excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing. It also means having good problem-solving abilities and being able to listen effectively so they can accurately assess any situation or scenario presented by employees or employers. Look for expertise working collaboratively with all levels of clients, from front-line workers to executives.
4. An ability to advise
HR professionals often find themselves advising leadership regarding people management. An ability to assess the situation and offer creative, viable solutions is a game changer for most companies.
5. A track record of successful HR delivery
In addition to possessing all of the aforementioned qualities, it is important that a potential HR candidate has a track record of successful delivery when it comes to HR planning and delivery of the actual human resource service. This includes taking the initiative when necessary without compromising quality standards established by the client while demonstrating creativity whenever possible to solve unique problems encountered, which could potentially save time (and money) down the road if appropriately handled.
If you’re looking for a professional HR consultant, reach out to AME Consulting. I am a Certified Coach & Human Resources (HR) executive with extensive experience leading complex business change and operations within unionized and non-unionized environments. I am also a collaborative and experienced leader, and facilitator with a strong executive presence.
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