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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

  • $77,284

    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 Director Of Human Resources
Corporate Director, Human Resources
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Corporate Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Supervisor Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Staffing Consultant Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Manager Director Of Employee Development Human Resources Business Partner
Head Of Human Resources
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Vice President Benefits Consultant Benefits Manager
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Manager Regional Director Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Vice President Office Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Supervisor Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Senior Account Manager Recruiter
Human Resources Recruiter/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Regional Human Resources Manager Director Of Employee Development Human Resources Business Partner
Human Resources Team Leader
5 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Senior Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner
Senior Human Resources Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Regional Human Resources Manager Talent Acquisition Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Senior Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Recruiter 4.1%
Top Employers After
Recruiter 4.6%
Consultant 2.0%
Manager 1.7%

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Senior Human Resources Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

72.0%

Male

25.0%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.1%

French

6.8%

Arabic

6.8%

Portuguese

4.5%

Mandarin

4.5%

Hawaiian

2.3%

Chinese

2.3%

Vietnamese

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Dakota

2.3%

Hindi

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

Korean

2.3%
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Senior Human Resources Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.6%

Webster University

10.7%

Strayer University

6.6%

University of Maryland - University College

5.4%

George Mason University

5.0%

Troy University

4.5%

Georgia State University

4.1%

Chapman University

4.1%

Ashford University

3.7%

University of Houston

3.3%

Columbia Southern University

2.9%

University of North Texas

2.9%

George Washington University

2.9%

Michigan State University

2.9%

American InterContinental University

2.9%

Capella University

2.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.9%

American University

2.9%

Colorado Technical University

2.9%

Northeastern University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

33.1%

Human Resources Management

28.0%

Management

7.4%

Psychology

6.0%

Communication

3.2%

Counseling Psychology

2.7%

Accounting

1.9%

English

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Political Science

1.7%

Public Administration

1.6%

Sociology

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Public Relations

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Health Care Administration

1.1%

General Studies

0.9%

Social Work

0.9%

Finance

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.9%

Masters

32.7%

Other

12.6%

Associate

4.7%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.4%
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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
Senior Specialist, Human Resources Communications & Learning Trinet Hr Corporation San Leandro, CA Oct 28, 2016 $128,170
Senior Specialist, Human Resources Communications & Learning Trinet Hr Corporation San Leandro, CA Jul 11, 2016 $128,170
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
SR. Specialist-Hr Synechron, Inc. New York, NY Jul 18, 2016 $94,990
Senior Human Resources Specialist Cummins Inc. Shoreview, MN Nov 19, 2015 $94,286 -
$97,500
Specialist Senior, Human Capital, HR Transformation Deloitte Consulting LLP Tampa, FL May 20, 2016 $85,000 -
$157,000
Senior Specialist, Human Resources Operations Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Kenilworth, NJ Nov 28, 2016 $85,000
Senior Human Resource Specialist Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Jul 31, 2014 $85,000
Specialist Senior, Human Capital-HR Transformation Deloitte Consulting LLP Dallas, TX Oct 15, 2015 $85,000 -
$157,000
Senior Analyst, HR Specialist United Technologies Corporation Bakersfield, CA Apr 26, 2016 $83,179 -
$90,000
Specialist Senior, Human Capital-HR Transformation Deloitte Consulting LLP Pittsburgh, PA Aug 09, 2016 $83,000 -
$167,200
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 Agnieszka Vorbrodt-Schurma Canton, MA Oct 01, 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 Agnes Vorbrodt-Schurma DBA VVS | Architects & Cons Canton, MA Sep 30, 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
Senior Associate Jc60-Human Resources Specialist Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Teaneck, NJ Dec 31, 2016 $60,902

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  2. Procedures
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  • Provided administrative and technical supervision to a staff of 45 employees comprised of military and civilian personnel.
  • Advised high-level senior management on information and interpretation of human resource policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Conducted quarterly staff assistance visits to subordinate organizations; ensured compliance with established and internal human resource policies.
  • Assisted with payroll/benefits processes, handled auditing reports and entering correct/new information.
  • Lead and train human resources specialists.

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