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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:
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.
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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Hispanic or Latino11.3%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Phoenix22.9%
University of South Florida4.4%
University of Texas at Austin4.4%
Grand Canyon University4.4%
California University of Pennsylvania3.6%
Michigan State University3.4%
San Jose State University3.4%
University of Alabama3.2%
University of Southern Indiana3.2%
San Francisco State University3.2%
Community College of the Air Force3.2%
Eastern Michigan University3.2%
Nova Southeastern University2.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Resource Specialist||Themesoft, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Mar 28, 2016||$93,915 -
|Information Resource Specialist||Tiger Asia Management, LLC||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2010||$90,000|
|Resource Specialist||Sunnyvale School District||Sunnyvale, CA||Dec 08, 2015||$87,462|
|Wind Resource Specialist||ENEL Green Power North America, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Aug 09, 2016||$86,145|
|Global Enterprise Resource Specialist||Vegas Tunnel Constructors||Boulder City, NV||Jul 23, 2015||$83,485|
|Solar Resource Specialist||ENEL Green Power North America, Inc.||Andover, MA||Jul 25, 2016||$83,000|
|Resource Specialist||Sunnyvale School District||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 01, 2014||$82,532|
|Wind Resource Specialist||ENEL Green Power North America, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Sep 08, 2015||$82,000|
|Resource Specialist||Sunnyvale School District||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 01, 2015||$77,769|
|Information Resource Specialist||The University of Kansas Medical Center||Kansas City, KS||Sep 24, 2013||$76,300|
|Resource Specialist||Mt. Diablo Unified School District||Concord, CA||Aug 26, 2014||$74,219|
|Technical Resource Specialist||SRS Consulting Inc.||Fremont, CA||Jun 25, 2015||$74,000|
|Heman Resources Specialist||Atieva USA, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Nov 05, 2016||$69,493|
|Resource Specialist||Mt. Diablo Unified School District||Pleasant Hill, CA||Sep 06, 2014||$69,193|
|Air Resources Specialist||Puget Sound Clean Air Agency||Seattle, WA||Oct 01, 2011||$65,160 -
|Resource Management Specialist||Auritas LLC||Sanford, FL||Sep 01, 2015||$65,000|
|Special Education Resource Specialist||Palo Verde Unified School District||Blythe, CA||Sep 21, 2015||$64,621|
|SDC Teacher-Resource Specialist||Loma Prieta Joint Union School District||Los Gatos, CA||Aug 17, 2009||$64,328|
|Air Resources Specialist||California Air Resources Board||Sacramento, CA||Sep 05, 2015||$60,408|
|Information Resource Specialist||Prairie View A&M University||Prairie View, TX||Jun 15, 2012||$54,000|
|Resource Specialist||Lodi Unified School District||Stockton, CA||Oct 31, 2013||$53,944|
|Production Resource Specialist||The Hanor Company of Wisconsin||NC||Dec 14, 2015||$53,789|
|Information Resources Specialist||Prairie View A&M University||Prairie View, TX||Jun 02, 2010||$53,000|
|Production Resource Specialist||The Hanor Company of Wisconsin LLC||NC||Sep 30, 2015||$52,562|
|Resource Specialist||Sunnyvale School District||Sunnyvale, CA||Jun 10, 2015||$52,166 -
|Organic Wastes To Resources Specialist||Washington State Department of Ecology||Yakima, WA||Sep 21, 2010||$50,568|
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