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Become A Resource Specialist

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Working As A Resource Specialist

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $30,830

    Average Salary

What Does A Resource Specialist Do

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle tasks related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.


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 Resource Specialist

Human resources specialists must usually have a bachelor’s degree.


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. 


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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Resource Specialist Career Paths

Resource Specialist
Programming Specialist Program Director General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Therapist School Counselor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Assistant Director Office Manager
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Therapist Program Director Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Business Developer Business Development Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Programming Specialist Program Coordinator Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Operations Manager Sales Consultant
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Educator Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Service Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Educator Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Program Coordinator
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Sales Manager Office Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
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Resource Specialist Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Arabic

  • Vietnamese

  • Somali

  • Italian

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Hmong

  • Dutch

  • German

  • Swahili

  • Tagalog

  • Cherokee

  • Hindi

  • Estonian

  • Hawaiian

  • Welsh

  • Turkish

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Real Resource Specialist Salaries

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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Top Skills for A Resource Specialist


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Top Resource Specialist Skills

  1. Child Care
  2. Customer Service
  3. Financial Assistance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Obtain information from policyholders to verify the accuracy of information on child care claims forms, and related submitted documents.
  • Implement the mission, vision, and values of Catholic Charities by setting the standard for customer service.
  • Budgeted, calculated and monitored usage of funds for financial assistance programs, notating each patient record as necessary.
  • Researched funding and community resources for families and individuals that are in need of service.
  • Write Behavior Intervention Plans including IEP's and oversee the implementation of such plans.

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