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Working As A Human Resources Consultant

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $72,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Human Resources Consultant Do

Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees. 

Duties

Human resources managers typically do the following:

  • Plan and coordinate an organization’s workforce to best use employees’ talents
  • Link an organization’s management with its employees
  • Plan and oversee employee benefit programs
  • Serve as a consultant with other managers advising them on human resource issues, such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of specialists and support staff
  • Oversee an organization’s recruitment, interview, selection, and hiring processes
  • Handle staffing issues, such as mediating disputes and directing disciplinary procedures

Every organization wants to attract, motivate, and keep qualified employees and match them to jobs for which they are well suited. Human resources managers accomplish this by directing the administrative functions of human resource departments. Their work involves overseeing employee relations, regulatory compliance, and employee-related services such as payroll, training, and benefits. They supervise the department’s specialists and support staff and ensure that tasks are completed accurately and on time. 

Human resources managers also consult with top executives regarding the organization’s strategic planning. They identify ways to maximize the value of the organization’s employees and ensure that they are used as efficiently as possible. For example, they might assess worker productivity and recommend changes to the organization’s structure to help it meet budgetary goals. 

Some human resources managers oversee all aspects of an organization’s human resources department, including the compensation and benefits or training and development programs. In many larger organizations, these programs are directed by specialized managers, such as compensation and benefits managers and training and development managers. 

The following are examples of types of human resources managers:

Labor relations directors, also called employee relations managers, oversee employment policies in union and nonunion settings. They draw up, negotiate, and administer labor contracts that cover issues such as grievances, wages, benefits, and union and management practices. They also handle labor complaints between employees and management and coordinate grievance procedures. 

Payroll managers supervise the operations of an organization’s payroll department. They ensure that all aspects of payroll are processed correctly and on time. They administer payroll procedures, prepare reports for the accounting department, and resolve any payroll problems or discrepancies. 

Recruiting managers, sometimes called staffing managers, oversee the recruiting and hiring responsibilities of the human resources department. They often supervise a team of recruiters, and some take on recruiting duties when trying to fill high-level positions. They must develop a recruiting strategy that helps them meet the staffing needs of their organization and effectively compete for the best employees.

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How To Become A Human Resources Consultant

Candidates need a combination of education and several years of related work experience to become a human resources manager. Although a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for most positions, some jobs require a master’s degree. Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills.

Education

Human resources managers usually need a bachelor’s degree. There are bachelor’s degree programs in human resources. Alternatively, candidates may complete a bachelor’s degree in another field, such as finance, business management, education, or information technology. Courses in subjects such as conflict management or industrial psychology may be helpful.

Some higher-level jobs require a master’s degree in human resources, labor relations, or business administration (MBA).

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

To demonstrate abilities in organizing, directing, and leading others, related work experience is essential for human resources managers. Some managers start out as human resources specialists or labor relations specialists. Others gain management experience in a variety of fields.

Management positions typically require an understanding of human resources programs, such as compensation and benefits plans; human resources software; and federal, state, and local employment laws.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is voluntary, it can show professional expertise and credibility and may enhance advancement opportunities. Many employers prefer to hire certified candidates, and some positions may require certification. The Society for Human Resource Management, Human Resource Certification Institute, WorldatWork, and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans are among many professional associations that offer a variety of certification programs.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Human resources managers must be able to balance the strengths and weaknesses of different options and decide the best course of action. Many of their decisions have a significant impact on workers or operations, such as deciding whether to hire an employee. 

Interpersonal skills. Human resources managers need strong interpersonal skills because they regularly interact with people. They often collaborate on teams and must develop positive working relationships with their colleagues. 

Leadership skills. Human resources managers must be able to direct a staff and oversee the operations of their department. They must coordinate work activities and ensure that workers in the department complete their duties and fulfill their responsibilities. 

Organizational skills. Organizational skills are essential for human resources managers. They must be able to prioritize tasks and manage several projects at once.

Speaking skills. Human resources managers rely on strong speaking skills to give presentations and direct their staff. They must clearly communicate information and instructions to their staff and other employees.

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Human Resources Consultant Career Paths

Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Senior Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Regional Director, Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Director Of Human Resources
Corporate Director, Human Resources
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Supervisor Training Manager
Organizational Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Talent Acquisition Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Business Partner
Head Of Human Resources
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Corporate Recruiting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Benefits Manager
Compensation And Benefits Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Senior Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Senior Recruiter
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Employee Relations Manager
Director Of Employee Development
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Manager Human Resources Vice President
Vice President Talent Management
14 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Organizational Development Manager
Organizational Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Program Manager And Recruiter
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Supervisor Labour Relations Manager
Labour Relations Director
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Training Manager Organizational Development Manager
Organizational Effectiveness Director
11 Yearsyrs
Talent Acquisition Consultant Senior Human Resources Specialist
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Human Resources Consultant
Recruiter 4.5%
Consultant 2.3%
Manager 1.5%
Top Careers After Human Resources Consultant
Recruiter 5.5%
Consultant 4.7%
Manager 1.7%

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Human Resources Consultant Demographics

Gender

Female

61.7%

Male

28.8%

Unknown

9.5%
Ethnicity

White

60.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.3%

French

9.2%

Portuguese

5.4%

Chinese

4.3%

German

3.5%

Japanese

3.1%

Mandarin

3.0%

Arabic

2.2%

Italian

1.8%

Russian

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Hindi

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Carrier

0.9%

Swedish

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%

Greek

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Bengali

0.6%
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Human Resources Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.5%

Webster University

8.2%

Michigan State University

6.3%

Villanova University

5.7%

Capella University

5.6%

Cornell University

4.6%

Strayer University

4.3%

DePaul University

3.9%

New York University

3.7%

Georgia State University

3.5%

Walden University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

Troy University

3.1%

Nova Southeastern University

3.0%

Chapman University

2.9%

University of Houston

2.9%

George Washington University

2.6%

Northern Illinois University

2.6%

University of Maryland - University College

2.6%

Ohio State University

2.6%
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Majors

Human Resources Management

31.6%

Business

29.8%

Psychology

6.2%

Management

5.5%

Counseling Psychology

3.8%

Communication

2.9%

Law

2.4%

Marketing

1.9%

Education

1.9%

Political Science

1.8%

English

1.8%

Accounting

1.6%

Sociology

1.5%

Public Administration

1.4%

Finance

1.2%

Computer Science

1.1%

Public Relations

1.1%

Liberal Arts

1.0%

School Counseling

0.8%

Criminal Justice

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

39.9%

Bachelors

39.6%

Other

9.5%

Certificate

4.5%

Doctorate

3.4%

Associate

2.4%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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$49,000
Min 10%
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Median 50%
$72,000
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Human Resources Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Human Resources Consultant in the United States is $72,656 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $49,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $107,000.

Real Human Resources Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Consultant, Human Resources-Global Operations Biogen IDEC, Inc. Cambridge, MA Aug 30, 2015 $185,000
International Human Resources Consultant Occidental Petroleum Corp Houston, TX Apr 19, 2016 $154,690
International HR Consultant Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation CA Sep 24, 2015 $146,182
International HR Consultant Occidental Petroleum Corporation Houston, TX Sep 15, 2015 $143,000
International HR Consultant Occidental Petroleum Corporation Houston, TX Aug 24, 2016 $143,000
Principal SAP HR Consultant Avenue Hr LLC Roswell, GA Mar 25, 2016 $140,000
HR Management Consultant POIT LLC Houston, TX Sep 15, 2016 $132,662 -
$145,000
Oracle HR Techno Functional Consultant Thompson Technologies, Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 08, 2016 $126,880
Oracle HR Consultant Thompson Technologies, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 19, 2016 $126,880
SAP HR Renewal Consultant Amicus Systems Inc. Milwaukee, WI Aug 08, 2016 $120,000 -
$150,000
Sap-Hr Consultant Royal Technocrats Inc. Houston, TX Jan 23, 2015 $112,133
Human Resources Consultant Corning Incorporated Corning, NY Aug 29, 2015 $110,000
Associate Organizational and HR Effectiveness Consultant AON Consulting, Inc. Chicago, IL Feb 09, 2016 $99,000
HR Consultant Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Smithfield, RI Sep 01, 2015 $85,000 -
$108,000
HR Consultant Netscout Systems Texas LLC Plano, TX Dec 16, 2016 $85,000 -
$118,450
SAP HR Functional Consultant IBM India Private Limited Houston, TX Jun 12, 2015 $84,880
SAP HR Functional Consultant IBM India Private Limited Houston, TX Aug 02, 2015 $84,880
SAP HR Payroll Consultant IBM India Private Limited Piscataway, NJ Jun 01, 2015 $84,690 -
$88,865
SAP Abap HR Application Consultant IBM India Private Limited San Jose, CA Jul 29, 2015 $83,101 -
$99,047
SAP HR Technofunctional Consultant Amazech Solutions, LLC Naples, FL Sep 30, 2016 $82,000
SAP HR Consultant IBM Corporation Coppell, TX Mar 03, 2016 $81,952 -
$126,620
Consultant, Human Capital, HR Transformation Deloitte Consulting LLP Tampa, FL Sep 23, 2016 $74,673 -
$128,000
SAP Abap/Hr Consultant G3 Infotek Inc. Newark, NJ Jan 18, 2016 $74,000
Consultant, Human Cap, Organization Transformation & Talent-Strategic Change Deloitte Consulting LLP Houston, TX Jan 14, 2015 $73,779 -
$90,730
SAP Abap-Hr Consultant IBM India Private Limited Baton Rouge, LA Jan 15, 2015 $73,650
SAP HR Functional Consultant Arete Systems, Inc. Danville, IL Oct 20, 2015 $73,500
SAP HR Consultant IBM India Private Limited Glendale, CA Jan 01, 2016 $73,445
Peoplesoft HR Techno-Functional Consultant Erp Analysts, Inc. Chadds Ford, PA Nov 28, 2016 $73,445
HR Consultant Oracle America, Inc. CA Aug 25, 2015 $72,112 -
$97,398

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Top Skills for A Human Resources Consultant

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  2. Procedures
  3. Payroll
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  • Analyze and modify compensation and benefits policies to establish competitive programs and ensure compliance with legal requirements.
  • Advise managers about proper disciplinary procedures and assist them with disciplining and counseling employees when appropriate.
  • Supervised payroll information to ensure accuracy of benefits for new hires.
  • Collaborated with Operations Manager in auditing personnel files to ensure corporate and governmental compliance.
  • Recommended all employee relations actions; disciplinary actions; terminations; assisted with performance reviews and performance improvement plans.

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