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Become A Human Resources Generalist

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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

The human resources generalist is responsible for performing personnel duties and works closely with personnel management, and often supports a specific department, business unit or geographic regions.

How To Become A Human Resources Generalist

Human resources specialists must usually have a bachelor’s degree.


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. 


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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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 -
HR Generalist-Pathways Program Honeywell International Inc. Spokane Valley, WA Aug 28, 2016 $85,000
Associate Human Resources Generalist Citigroup Management Corp. Islandia, NY Mar 15, 2015 $85,000
Human Resources Generalist II Gerdau Ameristeel Us Inc. San Diego, CA Dec 08, 2016 $83,179 -
HR Generalist Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Houston, TX Jul 27, 2016 $80,995 -
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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.

Top Human Resources Generalist Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Human Resources Generalist

  1. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  2. Boeing
  3. Target
  4. Robert Half
  5. Macy's
  6. Paychex
  7. Randstad USA
  8. Cargill
  9. Kellogg
  10. The Home Depot
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