Why specialise your HR skills


Due to ongoing uncertainty in the global economy as well as across the local mining and agricultural industries, there was an increase in demand for HR specialists in the market.

Highest demand within transformation, organisational design, organisational development and employment and industrial relations professionals, and demand for HR specialists is set to continue.


As specialist HR recruiters, Robert Walters receives hundreds of CVs each month from a range of talented HR professionals looking for their next career challenge. Many of these CVs are from HR generalists who have a wide range of HR experience and a solid career foundation but no specialist skills. However, more and more employers are looking for HR specialists to help face the business challenges of acclimatising their operating models and structures.

So what should HR generalists do?

If you want to take on a specialist role, you may consider a stepping stone position to give you a foot in the door.

  • Highlight your most relevant skills - Look at your CV and focus on your key skill sets and experience, pulling out the information and skills that are relevant to the employer's requirements.
  • Be flexible - If you want to take on a specialist role, you may consider a stepping stone position to give you a foot in the door. For example, if you want to become a transformation specialist you may have to take on a mixed role that includes this specialism to gain the knowledge and experience, before you can become a full-time transformation specialist.
  • Be prepared to wait - The recruitment process is likely to be lengthy as employers initially look for the 'perfect fit' candidate. With HR specialists in short supply, these specific requirements will delay the recruitment process. So be prepared to wait.

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For more career advice please contact:

Nic Sephton-Poultney, Country Manager (South Africa)
+27 (0) 11 881 2414



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