These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Human Resources Managers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 10 months ago
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It’s tough to be a human resources manager nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a human resources manager isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become human resources managers in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many human resources managers no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former human resources managers to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former human resources managers:

  1. Human Resources Coordinator
  2. Director Of Human Resources
  3. Human Resources Generalist
  4. Human Resources Business Partner
  5. Human Resources Consultant
  6. Recruiter
  7. Senior Human Resources Manager
  8. Office Manager
  9. Human Resource Specialist
  10. Regional Human Resources Manager

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a human resources manager would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former human resources managers to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former human resources managers:

  1. Recruiter
  2. Senior Recruiter
  3. Benefit Specialist
  4. Controller
  5. Operations Director
  6. Employee Relations Specialist
  7. Payroll Specialist
  8. Adjunct Professor
  9. Corporate Recruiter
  10. Office Administrator

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Human Resources Managers

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed human resources manager under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a human resources manager, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former human resources managers.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Human Resources Managers

Job Title Rank %
Human Resources Coordinator 1 10.9%
Director Of Human Resources 2 5.45%
Human Resources Generalist 3 4.17%
Human Resources Business Partner 4 2.74%
Human Resources Consultant 5 2.7%
Recruiter 6 1.63%
Senior Human Resources Manager 7 1.47%
Office Manager 8 1.35%
Human Resource Specialist 9 1.28%
Regional Human Resources Manager 10 1.15%
Senior Human Resources Business Partner 11 1.01%
Administrative Assistant 12 0.94%
Senior Human Resources Generalist 13 0.94%
Operations Manager 14 0.91%
Store Manager 15 0.63%
Senior Recruiter 16 0.6%
Consultant 17 0.58%
Manager 18 0.58%
Benefit Specialist 19 0.57%
Human Resources Lead 20 0.52%
Human Resources Assistant 21 0.48%
General Manager 22 0.48%
Controller 23 0.47%
Senior Human Resources Consultant 24 0.41%
Project Manager 25 0.41%
Owner 26 0.39%
Talent Acquisition Manager 27 0.38%
Customer Service Representative 28 0.36%
Human Resources Analyst 29 0.36%
Program Manager 30 0.35%
Employee Relations Manager 31 0.35%
Human Resources Recruiter 32 0.34%
Director 33 0.32%
Operations Director 34 0.3%
Corporate Human Resources Manager 35 0.3%
Accounting Manager 36 0.29%
Volunteer 37 0.29%
Recruitment Manager 38 0.29%
Account Manager 39 0.29%
Vice President 40 0.29%
Senior Consultant 41 0.28%
Assistant Manager 42 0.28%
Sales Associate 43 0.28%
Executive Assistant 44 0.28%
Senior Director Human Resources 45 0.27%
Employee Relations Specialist 46 0.27%
Payroll Specialist 47 0.26%
Human Resource Advisor 48 0.25%
Human Resources Supervisor 49 0.25%
Teacher 50 0.25%
Payroll Manager 51 0.24%
Corporate Recruiter 52 0.24%
Adjunct Professor 53 0.24%
Senior Manager 54 0.23%
Business Manager 55 0.23%
Benefits Manager 56 0.23%
Substitute Teacher 57 0.22%
Training Manager 58 0.22%
Accounts Payable Clerk 59 0.22%
Administrator 60 0.21%
Assistant Store Manager 61 0.2%
Office Administrator 62 0.2%
Payroll Administrator 63 0.19%
Internship 64 0.19%
Technical Recruiter 65 0.19%
Team Leader 66 0.19%
Director Of Human Resources Operations 67 0.18%
Assistant Vice President 68 0.18%
Human Resource Officer 69 0.18%
Partner 70 0.17%
Sales Representative 71 0.17%
Account Executive 72 0.17%
Senior Human Resources Specialist 73 0.17%
Human Resources Contractor 74 0.17%
President 75 0.17%
Senior Technical Recruiter 76 0.17%
Director, Human Resources And Administration 77 0.17%
Executive Director 78 0.16%
Human Resources Trainer 79 0.16%
Adjunct Instructor 80 0.15%
Bookkeeper 81 0.15%
Business Development Manager 82 0.14%
Business Analyst 83 0.14%
Talent Acquisition Consultant 84 0.14%
Business Developer 85 0.14%
Branch Manager 86 0.14%
Principal 87 0.14%
Owner/Operator 88 0.14%
Chief Finance Officer 89 0.14%
Accountant 90 0.14%
Sales Manager 91 0.14%
Senior Technician Specialist 92 0.14%
Analyst 93 0.14%
Director Of Talent Acquisition 94 0.13%
Training Developer 95 0.13%
Human Resources Generalist/Manager 96 0.13%
Corporate Director, Human Resources 97 0.13%
Human Resources Administration Manager 98 0.13%
Human Resources Administrative Assistant 99 0.13%
Chief Executive Officer 100 0.13%