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Working As a Personnel Coordinator

  • 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

  • $49,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Personnel Coordinator 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 Personnel Coordinator

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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Personnel Coordinator Career Paths

Personnel Coordinator
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Senior Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Senior Human Resources Generalist Director Of Human Resources
Regional Director, Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Office Manager Director Of Human Resources
Corporate Director, Human Resources
12 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Supervisor Training Manager
Organizational Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Office Manager Administrative Manager
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Benefit Specialist Benefits Manager
Compensation And Benefits Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Payroll Administrator Human Resources Analyst Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Senior Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner
Head Of Human Resources
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Senior Technical Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Talent Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Senior Manager Senior Human Resources Manager
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Staffing Coordinator Recruiting Coordinator Human Resources Analyst
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Staffing Coordinator Human Resources Recruiter Staffing Manager
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staffing Coordinator Benefit Specialist Senior Human Resources Specialist
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Personnel Officer 4.5 years
Personnel Manager 4.4 years
Top Careers Before Personnel Coordinator
Cashier 7.4%
Secretary 4.8%
Clerk 2.6%
Supervisor 2.6%
Teacher 2.4%
Top Careers After Personnel Coordinator
Recruiter 4.8%
Manager 2.3%
Cashier 2.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$49,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Schlumberger
Highest Paying City
Oakland, CA
Highest Paying State
Virginia
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Personnel Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Personnel Coordinator in the United States is $49,231 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $65,000.

Real Personnel Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Asset and Personnel Coordinator Schlumberger Technology Corporation Denver, CO Mar 21, 2016 $84,000
Personnel Coordinator Schlumberger Technology Corporation Sugar Land, TX Jan 05, 2016 $84,000
Personnel Coordinator Florida East Coast Travel Services, Inc. Hialeah Gardens, FL Apr 07, 2015 $63,752
Personnel Coordinator-Technical Kellton Tech Inc. New Brunswick, NJ Nov 14, 2014 $56,160 -
$65,000
Personnel Coordinator Friendly Consultants Inc. Princeton Junction, NJ Sep 15, 2015 $45,656
Personnel Coordinator Ipearl Inc. Apex, NC Aug 09, 2016 $42,000
Personnel Coordinator Association of International Agricultural Research Alexandria, VA Sep 01, 2013 $38,000
Student Personnel Coordinator University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN Jun 01, 2012 $36,105

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Top Skills for A Personnel Coordinator

  1. Weekly Payroll
  2. Background Checks
  3. Personnel File Format
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinate weekly payroll and productivity reports for all temporary employees.
  • Administered benefit programs and ensured all applicable licensing and background checks were conducted.
  • Process all employment data and ensure personnel file format.
  • Provide excellent customer service to seniors and caregivers by managing high-volume incoming calls from clients and caregivers.
  • Maintain Workers Compensation records for Risk Management Division.

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Top 10 Best States for Personnel Coordinators

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  2. Massachusetts
  3. Maine
  4. Vermont
  5. North Dakota
  6. Virginia
  7. New York
  8. Idaho
  9. Maryland
  10. California
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Personnel Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

70.9%

Male

20.7%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

17.8%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.1%

French

6.7%

Chinese

5.6%

Arabic

4.4%

Hindi

3.3%

Korean

2.2%

German

2.2%

Urdu

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Swedish

1.1%

Nepali

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Cayuga

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Thai

1.1%
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Personnel Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.9%

Webster University

6.9%

University of Houston

6.4%

Nicholls State University

5.3%

University of North Texas

4.8%

Ashford University

4.8%

Strayer University

4.8%

Bowling Green State University

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

Colorado Technical University

3.7%

Wayne State University

3.2%

Michigan State University

3.2%

Cornell University

3.2%

American InterContinental University

3.2%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.2%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.2%

Purdue University

3.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%

University of Memphis

3.2%

Western Illinois University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

35.6%

Human Resources Management

13.0%

Psychology

8.2%

Criminal Justice

4.3%

Communication

4.2%

Accounting

4.2%

Management

3.9%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Political Science

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.3%

Human Services

2.3%

Education

2.1%

Sociology

2.0%

Nursing

1.9%

Medical Assisting Services

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

School Counseling

1.7%

Legal Support Services

1.7%

Computer Science

1.6%

Elementary Education

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.3%

Other

22.0%

Masters

16.3%

Associate

11.1%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.5%
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