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Working As A Human Resources Generalist

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Staffing Organizational Units
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $53,525

    Average Salary

What Does A Human Resources Generalist Do

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle tasks related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

Duties

Human resources specialists typically do the following:

  • Consult with employers to identify employment needs
  • Interview applicants about their experience, education, and skills
  • Contact references and perform background checks on job applicants
  • Inform applicants about job details, such as duties, benefits, and working conditions
  • Hire or refer qualified candidates for employers
  • Conduct or help with new employee orientation
  • Keep employment records and process paperwork

Human resources specialists are often trained in all human resources disciplines and perform tasks throughout all areas of the department. In addition to recruiting and placing workers, human resources specialists help guide employees through all human resources procedures and answer questions about policies. They sometimes administer benefits, process payroll, and handle any associated questions or problems, although many specialists may focus more on strategic planning and hiring instead of administrative duties. They also ensure that all human resources functions comply with federal, state, and local regulations. 

The following are examples of types of human resources specialists:

Human resources generalists handle all aspects of human resources work. They may have duties in all areas of human resources including recruitment, employee relations, compensation, benefits, training, as well as the administration of human resources policies, procedures, and programs. 

Placement specialists match employers with qualified jobseekers. They search for candidates who have the skills, education, and work experience needed for jobs, and they try to place those candidates with employers. They also may help set up interviews.

Recruitment specialists, sometimes known as personnel recruiters or head hunters,” find, screen, and interview applicants for job openings in an organization. They search for applicants by posting listings, attending job fairs, and visiting college campuses. They also may test applicants, contact references, and extend job offers.

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How To Become A Human Resources Generalist

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.

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Human Resources Generalist Career Paths

Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager
Corporate Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Senior Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Human Resources Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Employee Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Head Of Human Resources
9 Yearsyrs
Recruitment Manager Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Supervisor
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Executive Recruiter Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Recruiter Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Recruiter
Human Resources Recruiter/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Recruitment Manager Staffing Consultant
Human Resources Staffing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Consultant Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Recruitment Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
Employee Relations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Recruiter 5.4%
Internship 1.7%
Top Employers After
Recruiter 6.3%
Consultant 1.2%

Human Resources Generalist Demographics

Gender

Female

78.1%

Male

19.9%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

78.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.6%

French

6.2%

Portuguese

4.0%

German

2.8%

Chinese

2.3%

Italian

2.1%

Mandarin

1.9%

Carrier

1.6%

Russian

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Japanese

1.3%

Hindi

1.1%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Korean

0.9%

Cantonese

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Dakota

0.4%

Gujarati

0.3%

Greek

0.3%

Swedish

0.3%
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Human Resources Generalist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.5%

Webster University

7.8%

Strayer University

6.6%

Villanova University

6.5%

Michigan State University

5.5%

Troy University

4.6%

Capella University

4.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.4%

Cornell University

4.2%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

Ashford University

3.4%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Liberty University

3.2%

Oakland University

2.7%

University of Houston

2.6%

Indiana Wesleyan University

2.6%

Central Michigan University

2.5%

George Mason University

2.5%

American InterContinental University

2.5%

Kaplan University

2.4%
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Majors

Human Resources Management

34.2%

Business

32.2%

Psychology

6.0%

Management

4.6%

Communication

3.3%

Counseling Psychology

2.2%

Accounting

1.8%

Sociology

1.7%

Education

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%

Political Science

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Criminal Justice

1.1%

Law

1.1%

English

1.1%

Health Care Administration

1.0%

Public Administration

1.0%

Public Relations

1.0%

General Studies

0.8%

Elementary Education

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.5%

Masters

30.6%

Other

12.0%

Associate

5.4%

Certificate

4.9%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Real Human Resources Generalist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
HR Generalist III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Feb 16, 2015 $133,000
HR Generalist California Creative Solutions, Inc. Poway, CA Jan 13, 2016 $94,515
HR Generalist Take Enterprise Services, Inc. Princeton, NJ Jan 11, 2016 $93,370
HR Generalist-Pathways Program Honeywell International Inc. Morris Plains, NJ May 10, 2016 $92,000
Human Resources Generalist Gallega Software Solutions, Inc. Alpharetta, GA May 04, 2016 $89,750
Principal HR Generalist Mediatek USA Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 04, 2016 $88,130 -
$105,756
Associate Human Resources Generalist Citigroup Management Corp. Islandia, NY Mar 15, 2015 $85,000
HR Generalist-Pathways Program Honeywell International Inc. Spokane Valley, WA Aug 28, 2016 $85,000
Human Resources Generalist II Gerdau Ameristeel Us Inc. San Diego, CA Dec 08, 2016 $83,179 -
$89,544
HR Generalist Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Houston, TX Jul 27, 2016 $80,995 -
$96,428
Human Resources Generalist Le Technology, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jan 18, 2016 $80,000
Human Resources Generalist Kate Spade LLC New York, NY Nov 30, 2015 $80,000
Human Resources Generalist S.S. White Technologies Inc. Piscataway, NJ Dec 12, 2016 $79,893
HR Generalist Nimbus Development, Inc. San Mateo, CA Sep 20, 2016 $78,000
Human Resources Generalist Juice Generation, Inc. New York, NY Mar 10, 2016 $65,000
Human Resources Generalist TCG Interest, Ltd. Houston, TX Jan 01, 2015 $65,000
Human Resources Generalist American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc. New York, NY Mar 15, 2016 $64,922
Human Resources Generalist Giant Magellan Telescope Organization Corp. Pasadena, CA May 16, 2016 $63,403
International HR Generalist Liebert North America, Inc. Columbus, OH Nov 18, 2015 $61,800 -
$79,600
Line Human Resources Generalist Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Nov 08, 2016 $61,600 -
$84,700
Recruiting Coordinator/Hr Generalist Cloud Gate Consulting Elmhurst, IL Sep 11, 2016 $52,000
HR Generalist CMI USA Inc. Chino, CA Sep 29, 2016 $52,000
Human Resource Benefits Generalist Providence College Providence, RI Jan 11, 2016 $51,000
Human Resources HR Generalist Dharamjeevan Forever, LLC Richmond, VA Dec 09, 2016 $50,856
Human Resource Generalist SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC Moses Lake, WA Oct 27, 2015 $50,814 -
$64,000
Line Human Resources Generalist Cummins Inc. Nashville, TN Sep 09, 2015 $50,300 -
$70,700

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Top Skills for A Human Resources Generalist

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Top Human Resources Generalist Skills

  1. Payroll Processing
  2. Disciplinary Procedures
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed transfer process which included obtaining leadership approvals, communication with employee, payroll processing and system updates.
  • Developed standardized disciplinary procedures and tracking system that insulated company from legal risk and ensured consistent and fair disciplinary processes.
  • Analyze and modify compensation and benefits policies to establish competitive programs and ensure compliance with legal requirements.
  • Created and updated job descriptions, associate personnel files and internal communication memos and postings.
  • Created and presented training on FMLA changes, Affirmative Action guidelines and Generational Differences in the Workplace.

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