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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

  • $66,000

    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
Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Senior Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Regional Director, Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
Corporate Director, Human Resources
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Senior Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Senior Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Supervisor Supervisor Training Manager
Organizational Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Supervisor Office Manager Administrative Manager
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Supervisor Senior Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Talent Acquisition Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Program Manager And Recruiter
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Administrative Manager Human Resources Administration Manager
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner
Head Of Human Resources
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Senior Advisor Personnel Manager
Employee Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Staffing Manager
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Consultant Benefits Manager
Compensation And Benefits Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Senior Human Resources Consultant Benefits Manager
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
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Top Careers Before Senior Human Resources Specialist
Recruiter 4.6%
Top Careers After Senior Human Resources Specialist
Recruiter 5.0%
Consultant 1.9%
Manager 1.8%

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Senior Human Resources Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

66.7%

Male

23.0%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

12.8%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.2%

French

7.5%

Arabic

6.0%

Mandarin

4.5%

Portuguese

3.0%

Chinese

3.0%

Hindi

3.0%

Turkish

1.5%

Hawaiian

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Dakota

1.5%

Dari

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Korean

1.5%
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Senior Human Resources Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.9%

Webster University

9.7%

Strayer University

8.9%

Troy University

4.6%

Ashford University

4.6%

University of Maryland - University College

4.6%

Capella University

4.3%

George Mason University

4.1%

University of Houston

3.8%

Columbia Southern University

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

Georgia State University

3.3%

American University

3.3%

American InterContinental University

3.1%

Chapman University

3.1%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

2.5%

Arizona State University

2.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.3%

Villanova University

2.3%

Northeastern University

2.3%
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Majors

Business

33.9%

Human Resources Management

28.9%

Management

6.4%

Psychology

5.8%

Communication

2.7%

Counseling Psychology

2.6%

Accounting

2.0%

English

2.0%

Marketing

2.0%

Education

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Sociology

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Public Administration

1.3%

Political Science

1.3%

Finance

1.2%

General Studies

1.0%

Community Organization And Advocacy

0.9%

Health Care Administration

0.9%

Public Relations

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.3%

Masters

33.2%

Other

12.4%

Associate

5.6%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.6%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Senior Human Resources Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Human Resources Specialist in the United States is $66,807 per year or $32 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $98,000.

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
Senior Human Resources Specialist, Employee Relati Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn, VA Jan 02, 2013 $85,000 -
$116,000
Specialist Senior, Human Capital-HR Transformation Deloitte Consulting LLP Dallas, TX Oct 15, 2015 $85,000 -
$157,000
Senior Human Resource Specialist Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Jul 31, 2014 $85,000
Senior Specialist, Human Resources Operations Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Kenilworth, NJ Nov 28, 2016 $85,000
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 Jun 09, 2016 $67,558 -
$80,121
Senior Human Resources Specialist Modern Mexican Restaurants Inc. Denver, CO Sep 06, 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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Top Skills for A Senior Human Resources Specialist

  1. Personnel Files
  2. Procedures
  3. Ensure Compliance
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  • Maintained personnel files in compliance with applicable legal requirements.
  • Advised high-level senior management on information and interpretation of human resource policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Developed leadership and policy administration guide for production managers and team leaders to ensure compliance consistency within a 24/7 work environment.
  • Conducted accurate and timely payment of incentives/payroll to the Marketing Organization through effective control and processing of all compensation adjustments.
  • Provide accurate and timely reports and communication to management, hiring managers and Human Resources Business Partners.

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