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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

  • $59,000

    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
Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist 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
Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Employee Relations Specialist Human Resources Consultant
Employee Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Administrative Manager
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Benefits Analyst Benefits Manager
Compensation And Benefits Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Talent Acquisition Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Benefits Analyst Human Resources Analyst Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Business Partner
Head Of Human Resources
8 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Senior Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Corporate Recruiting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Senior Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Program Manager And Recruiter
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Administrative Manager Human Resources Administration Manager
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Benefits Analyst Human Resources Analyst Human Resources Supervisor
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Staffing Manager
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Compensation Analyst Compensation Consultant Senior Human Resources Specialist
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Human Resources Generalist
Recruiter 5.5%
Internship 2.0%
Top Careers After Human Resources Generalist
Recruiter 6.4%
Consultant 1.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$59,000
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$39,000
Min 10%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$59,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Materion
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Human Resources Generalist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Human Resources Generalist in the United States is $59,109 per year or $28 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $87,000.

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 Kate Spade LLC New York, NY Nov 30, 2015 $80,000
Human Resources Generalist Le Technology, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jan 18, 2016 $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

  1. Income Tax Returns
  2. Disciplinary Procedures
  3. Personnel Files
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Processed inter-company invoices (Japan, South Africa, etc; also income tax returns.
  • Developed standardized disciplinary procedures and tracking system that insulated company from legal risk and ensured consistent and fair discipline processes.
  • Preserved confidentiality of personnel files.
  • Develop appropriate job descriptions and maintain a database for online access to job descriptions and compensation information.
  • Mentored coordinator in reducing intermittent FMLA usage through management and implementing second opinions.

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Human Resources Generalist Demographics

Gender

Female

72.5%

Male

18.9%

Unknown

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.0%

French

6.0%

Portuguese

4.0%

German

2.8%

Chinese

2.3%

Italian

2.1%

Mandarin

1.9%

Russian

1.6%

Japanese

1.4%

Carrier

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Hindi

1.1%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Cantonese

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Tagalog

0.4%

Dakota

0.3%

Gujarati

0.2%

Urdu

0.2%
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Human Resources Generalist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.5%

Webster University

7.5%

Strayer University

6.7%

Michigan State University

5.4%

Capella University

4.6%

Villanova University

4.5%

University of Maryland - University College

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

Ashford University

3.7%

Troy University

3.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

University of Houston

3.4%

Cornell University

2.9%

Oakland University

2.8%

American InterContinental University

2.6%

Walden University

2.6%

Kaplan University

2.6%

Texas A&M University

2.4%

Liberty University

2.3%

Central Michigan University

2.3%
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Majors

Human Resources Management

34.3%

Business

32.3%

Psychology

6.0%

Management

4.6%

Communication

3.2%

Counseling Psychology

2.3%

Accounting

1.9%

Sociology

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Political Science

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Health Care Administration

1.2%

English

1.2%

Law

1.0%

Public Administration

1.0%

Public Relations

0.9%

Finance

0.9%

General Studies

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.6%

Masters

30.2%

Other

11.2%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

4.7%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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