Filling the skills gap - Personnel Officer

In this guide we translate the skills of military personnel officers. General military skills, combined with specialised skills that individuals gain as a personnel officer, can be extremely valuable to commercial business. Especially for employers seeking high-quality candidates in project management, HR or consultancy.

General Military Skills

  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple teams and projects
  • Process design and compliance
  • Flexibility with 'can do' attitude
  • Good breadth of HR experience
  • Coaching and Influencing
  • Excellent communication
  • Leadership and Management
  • IT, Finance and Administrative skills

Specialised Skills

Personnel officers can be skilled in the following areas:

  • Media Relations
  • Welfare Support
  • Career Management
  • Training and Development
  • Facilities Management
  • Human Resources
  • Recruitment
  • Bookkeeping/ Accountin

Skills Employers' Need

  • Service delivery and information. Managing HR information professionally.
  • Organisation design. Managing structural change and ensuring the organisation is appropriately designed.
  • Organisation development. Ensuring the organisation’s workforce, culture, values and environment will enable it to meet goals and perform well in the future.
  • Resourcing and talent planning. Making sure the organisation attracts people who will give it an edge. Managing a workforce with the balance of skills needed to meet short and long-term ambitions.
  • Learning and development. Making sure that people at all levels of the organisation have the skills needed to contribute to the organisation’s success, and that they are motivated to grow and learn.
  • Performance and reward. Making sure that reward systems – principally pay and benefits – are fair and cost-effective. Ensuring critical skills, experience and performances are rewarded.
  • Employee engagement. Supporting employees in maintaining a positive connection with their work, colleagues and the broader organisation, with a particular focus on good relationships between staff and their line managers.
  • Employee relations. Ensure that the relationship between the organisation and staff is managed within a clear and appropriate framework.

Examples of Commercial Roles

  • Facilities Manager
  • Marketing and Media Consultant
  • HR Manager, Assistant or Director (dependant on experience)
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Training Manager
  • Change Manager
  • Project Manager