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Become A Senior Human Resources Specialist

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Working As A Senior Human Resources Specialist

  • 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

  • $65,710

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Human Resources Specialist 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 Senior Human Resources Specialist

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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Senior Human Resources Specialist Career Paths

Senior Human Resources Specialist
Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Corporate Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Regional Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Human Resources Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Recruitment Manager Human Resources Manager
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Supervisor Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resource Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Supervisor
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Senior Corporate Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Chief Executive Officer Specialist
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Recruiter/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator Staffing Consultant
Human Resources Staffing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Recruitment Manager Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Manager Director Of Employee Development Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Supervisor Recruiter Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Assistant Vice President Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Executive Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Senior Human Resources Specialist Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    71.8%
  • Male

    25.1%
  • Unknown

    3.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.8%
  • Asian

    6.9%
  • Unknown

    1.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    61.5%
  • French

    7.7%
  • Arabic

    7.7%
  • Portuguese

    5.1%
  • Hawaiian

    2.6%
  • Vietnamese

    2.6%
  • Japanese

    2.6%
  • Dakota

    2.6%
  • Cantonese

    2.6%
  • Mandarin

    2.6%
  • Korean

    2.6%
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Real Senior Human Resources Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Human Resources Specialist Activision Publishing Inc. Santa Monica, CA Nov 13, 2015 $130,000
Specialist Sr., Human Cap., Actuarial, Reward & Analytics, Adv. Analytics & Model. Deloitte Consulting LLP McLean, VA Nov 17, 2016 $125,051 -
$167,200
Senior Human Resources Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jul 27, 2015 $101,180
SR. Human Resources Specialist, Employee Relations Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Feb 01, 2016 $100,000
Senior Human Resources Specialist Bank of China New York Branch New York, NY Jan 01, 2016 $96,026
Senior Human Resources Specialist Tektronix Texas, LLC Plano, TX Dec 15, 2013 $95,320
Senior Human Resources Specialist Cummins Inc. Shoreview, MN Nov 19, 2015 $94,286 -
$97,500
Senior Human Resource Specialist Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Jul 31, 2014 $85,000
Senior Human Resources Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 02, 2013 $85,000 -
$116,000
Senior Human Resources Specialist, Employee Relati Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 02, 2013 $85,000 -
$116,000
Senior Analyst, HR Specialist United Technologies Corporation Bakersfield, CA Apr 26, 2016 $83,179 -
$90,000
Senior Manager Jc45-Human Resources Specialist Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation College Station, TX Jul 13, 2016 $79,664
Senior Analyst, HR Specialist United Technologies Corporation Farmington, CT Jul 22, 2015 $78,000
SR. Human Resources Specialist Instart Logic, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 22, 2014 $75,000
Senior Human Resources and Training Specialist Agnes Vorbrodt-Schurma DBA VVS | Architects & Cons Canton, MA Sep 30, 2010 $70,958
Senior Human Resources and Training Specialist Agnes Vorbrodt-Schurma DBA VVS | Architects & Cons Canton, MA Oct 01, 2010 $70,958
Senior Human Resources and Training Specialist Agnieszka Vorbrodt-Schurma Canton, MA Oct 01, 2010 $70,958
Senior Human Resources Specialist Modern Mexican Restaurants Inc. Denver, CO Sep 06, 2016 $67,558 -
$80,121
Senior Human Resources Specialist Modern Mexican Restaurants Inc. Denver, CO Jun 09, 2016 $67,558 -
$80,121
Senior Global HR Specialist Development Alternatives, Inc. Bethesda, MD Apr 14, 2014 $66,408 -
$110,680
Senior Human Resources Specialist Tech Data Corporation Clearwater, FL Oct 01, 2010 $65,000
Senior Human Resources Specialist Human Rights Watch New York, NY Aug 08, 2014 $64,713
SR. HR Specialist DHR Operations, LLC Phoenix, AZ Apr 01, 2011 $63,690
Senior Manager Jc45-Human Resources Specialist Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Tampa, FL Nov 20, 2016 $62,754

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Top Skills for A Senior Human Resources Specialist

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Top Senior Human Resources Specialist Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Personnel Actions
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Formulated human resource procedures and policies based on the interpretation of regulations and directives.
  • Gathered personnel records from other departments and employees; examined employee files to answer inquiries and provided information for personnel actions.
  • Reviewed and monitored budgets submitted by divisions to ensure compliance with University guidelines.
  • Managed timekeeper record for payroll processing.
  • Lead and train human resources specialists.

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