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Working As A Human Resources Supervisor

  • 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

  • $58,350

    Average Salary

What Does A Human Resources Supervisor 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 Supervisor

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 Supervisor Career Paths

Human Resources Supervisor
Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Corporate Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Human Resources Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Recruiting Coordinator Human Resources Consultant
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll Specialist Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Employee Relations Manager Human Resources Business Partner
Head Of Human Resources
9 Yearsyrs
Service Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resource Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll Specialist Human Resource Specialist
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Employee Relations Manager Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Recruiter/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiting Coordinator Staffing Consultant
Human Resources Staffing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Regional Human Resources Manager Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Personnel Manager 4.3 years
Top Employers Before
Recruiter 3.2%
Supervisor 3.2%
Internship 2.5%
Cashier 2.1%
Manager 2.1%
Top Employers After
Recruiter 2.8%
Manager 2.1%
Supervisor 2.1%

Human Resources Supervisor Demographics

Gender

Female

64.9%

Male

33.0%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

76.9%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.8%

Mandarin

4.3%

French

3.8%

Chinese

3.8%

German

2.4%

Hindi

1.9%

Korean

1.9%

Russian

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Cantonese

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Italian

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Marathi

1.0%

Filipino

1.0%

Portuguese

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Turkish

0.5%

Konkani

0.5%

Baga

0.5%
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Human Resources Supervisor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.6%

Michigan State University

6.9%

Webster University

5.8%

Troy University

5.3%

Strayer University

4.9%

Capella University

4.9%

Ashford University

4.7%

Liberty University

4.7%

Columbia Southern University

4.6%

Central Texas College

4.0%

Kaplan University

4.0%

Villanova University

3.9%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.3%

American InterContinental University

3.0%

American University

2.6%

Saint Leo University

2.6%

Pennsylvania State University

2.5%

University of Missouri - Columbia

2.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

35.0%

Human Resources Management

28.1%

Psychology

5.3%

Management

4.3%

Accounting

3.3%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Communication

2.6%

Education

2.3%

General Studies

1.8%

Counseling Psychology

1.8%

Health Care Administration

1.6%

Sociology

1.6%

Nursing

1.4%

Marketing

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Social Work

1.2%

English

1.1%

Finance

1.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.1%

Law

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.2%

Masters

27.3%

Other

16.3%

Associate

7.8%

Certificate

5.0%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.2%
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Real Human Resources Supervisor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Air Resources Supervisor I California Air Resources Board Sacramento, CA Nov 14, 2014 $115,128
Air Resources Supervisor California Air Resources Board Sacramento, CA Oct 01, 2014 $102,516
Senior HR Supervisor KLA-Tencor Corporation Milpitas, CA Sep 27, 2013 $92,000
HR Assistant Supervisor Bechtel Global Corporation Glendale, AZ Jul 20, 2015 $75,000
Human Resources Supervisor Bechtel Power Corporation Knoxville, TN Aug 12, 2009 $74,610 -
$118,320
Supervisor, Strategy & Human Capital RSM McGladrey, Inc. Chicago, IL Mar 15, 2011 $72,600
Information Reource Supervisor Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX Dec 21, 2015 $66,251
Information Resource Supervisor Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX Dec 22, 2014 $63,664
Information Resource Supervisor Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX Jun 02, 2013 $60,632
Information Resource Supervisor Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX Mar 15, 2013 $60,000
Supervisor, Human Resources Compliance VF Outdoor Inc. Cypress, CA Aug 10, 2010 $58,250
Human Resources Supervisor NYC Healthcare Staffing LLC New York, NY Jun 01, 2016 $57,720

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Top Skills for A Human Resources Supervisor

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Top Human Resources Supervisor Skills

  1. Personnel Actions
  2. Payroll Processing
  3. Disciplinary Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Served as the Command Human Resources Supervisor overseeing all personnel actions during Combat Operation in Iraq.
  • Managed Payroll processing Presented Affirmative Action plan.
  • Develop and implemented a disciplinary procedures.
  • Carry out procedures with managers and supervisors to effectively control accident and health exposures in the organization.
  • Managed five (5) human resources generalists that provided support to 6,400 employee across the U.S.

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