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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Head of Global Talent Acquisition||Uber Technologies, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 04, 2015||$250,000|
|Head of Global Talent Acquisition||Mediabrands Worldwide, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 08, 2015||$210,000 -
|Technical Recruitment Specialist||Collabera Inc.||Morristown, NJ||Jan 11, 2016||$180,000|
|Head of Talent Acquisition||Intersection Parent, Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 20, 2016||$150,000|
|Recruitment Specialist||J.R. Bechtle & Company||Boca Raton, FL||Jan 02, 2015||$140,000|
|Recruiter||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jul 23, 2016||$131,640|
|Global Talent Specialist||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Oct 15, 2015||$130,707 -
|Talent Acquisition Recruiter||DYNO Nobel Inc.||Salt Lake City, UT||Jan 02, 2016||$120,000|
|Recruiter||Google, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jun 18, 2015||$116,000|
|Retail Recruiter||Apple Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 19, 2016||$113,925 -
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