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Human resources specialists must usually have a bachelor’s degree.Education
Applicants seeking positions as a human resources specialist must usually have a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field.
Coursework typically includes business, industrial relations, psychology, professional writing, human resource management, and accounting.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Some positions, particularly human resources generalists, may require previous work experience. Candidates can gain experience as human resources assistants, in customer service positions, or in other related jobs.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Many professional associations that specialize in human resources offer courses intended to enhance the skills of their members, and some offer certification programs. For example, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) offers the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Although certification is usually voluntary, some employers may prefer or require it. Human resources generalists, in particular, can benefit from certification because it shows knowledge and professional competence across all human resources areas.Advancement
Human resources specialists who possess a thorough knowledge of their organization, as well as an understanding of regulatory compliance needs, can advance to become human resources managers. Specialists can increase their chance of advancement by completing voluntary certification programs.Important Qualities
Decisionmaking skills. Human resources specialists use decisionmaking skills when reviewing candidates’ qualifications or when working to resolve disputes.
Detail oriented. Specialists must be detail oriented when evaluating applicants’ qualifications, performing background checks, maintaining records of an employee grievance, and ensuring that a workplace is in compliance with labor standards.
Interpersonal skills. Specialists continually interact with new people and must be able to converse and connect with people from different backgrounds.
Listening skills. Listening skills are essential for human resources specialists. When interviewing job applicants, for example, specialists must pay careful attention to candidates’ responses, understand the points they are making, and ask relevant followup questions.
Speaking skills. All specialists need strong speaking skills to be effective at their job. They often give presentations and must be able to clearly convey information about their organizations and jobs within them.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Employment Specialist||Medical Dynamic Systems, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 31, 2011||$73,024|
|Recruiter/Employment Specialist||The Ford Agency, Inc.||Washington, DC||Jan 09, 2016||$55,000|
|Canadian Employment Specialist||Pinnacle Technical Resources Inc.||Dallas, TX||Jul 31, 2016||$53,352|
|Employment Specialist||Williams College||Williamstown, MA||Jul 18, 2016||$53,000|
|Recruiter/Employment Specialist||The Ford Agency, Inc.||Washington, DC||Jan 09, 2016||$52,000 -
|Faculty Employment Specialist||Purdue University||West Lafayette, IN||Jan 19, 2016||$48,450|
|Hotel Employment Specialist||Portals Hotel Site, LLC||Washington, DC||Dec 15, 2009||$48,350|
|Hotel Employment Specialist||Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.||Washington, DC||Dec 15, 2009||$46,350|
|Hotel Employment Specialist||Portals Hotel Site, LLC||Washington, DC||Dec 15, 2009||$46,350|
|Employment Specialist||Gs Pharmacy LLC||New York, NY||Sep 25, 2016||$45,434|
|Employment Policy Specialist||Cosmos Foundation, Inc.||Houston, TX||Nov 10, 2010||$45,000|
|Personal Recruiter/Employment Talent Specialist||The Fountain Group LLC||Tampa, FL||Oct 01, 2012||$44,000|
|Employment Specialist||Gs Pharmacy LLC||New York, NY||Sep 05, 2015||$43,806|
|Employment Specialist||Senba USA Inc.||Hayward, CA||Dec 10, 2010||$41,114|
|Employment Specialist (Education and Skills)||Skillsmart, Inc.||Germantown, MD||Sep 30, 2016||$40,300|
|Employment Specialist Behavioral Intervention Prog||Chinese American Service League||Chicago, IL||Jul 25, 2014||$40,000|
|Employment Specialist||Bay Cove Human Services, Inc.||Boston, MA||Oct 01, 2011||$38,000|
|Employment Specialist||PRS, Inc.||McLean, VA||Feb 24, 2010||$37,677|
|Employment Specialist||The Fortune Society||Dix, NY||Mar 01, 2010||$35,000|
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