Companies want to make sure that they have a steady flow of resources in order to keep daily operations from being disrupted. Resources can include both supplies and human resources, which are staff members who work for a particular organisation. In order to ensure that adequate resources always exist, a resource officer is sometimes hired.
The resource officer must conduct regular inventory of resources in order to get a sense of when resources need to be restocked. The resource officer must locate good resource vendors and must negotiate prices to the lowest point possible. Human resource officers help organisations recruit the right workers so that all of the organisation’s needs are met, according to FAS. This involves determining both what skill sets the organisation needs and also developing a methodology for assessing whether or not a particular candidate has the skills needed in order to fulfil a particular role. These resource officers are responsible for training new employees, assessing the contributions that the employees make to the company and determining whether or not any further talent is needed in order to meet company goals.
The work environment for a resource officer is mostly a clean and comfortable office. There are some cases when resource officers are able to spend some of their work day at home. However, there is also sometime spent travelling in order to attend job fairs and college campuses. Some resource managers must also travel to facilities in order to get a sense of the resource needs of the particular facility. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that these resource officers mostly work 40 hours a week. Longer work is sometimes needed when deadlines are nearing.
Fantastic communication skills and interpersonal skills are needed in order to be a resource officer, according to FAS. These officers must also have good conflict resolution skills since human resources do not always agree to the terms of the employer-employee contract. These officers must work well with numbers in order to assess the needs of the organisation.
Between 2008 and 2018, the need for human resources managers is expected to grow by 22 per cent and the need for purchasing agents is expected to grow by 7 per cent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the need for purchasing agents is driven by population growth, human resources managers can experience faster growth due to the need to train employees further in order to prepare them for increasingly complex job positions.
Those in human resources earned a median annual wage of £56,225 and purchasing agents earned a median wage of £57,954. The highest 10 per cent of these officers earned more than £95,582, while the lowest 10 per cent earned less than £18,843.
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