Human Resources

Every time you apply for a job, there is someone on the other side of the negotiation who is trying to find the right person to meet their company’s needs. These human resource (HR) professionals have to identify people who not only have the right technical skills and motivation to do the job but who will also fit into the culture of the
company.

Typical job duties

  • Review resumes, conduct interviews, and make hiring decisions.
  • Process employment records related to hiring, termination, transfers, leaves, and promotions.
  • Orient new employees to company policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate, explain, and enforce company policies and procedures to ensure that all legal requirements are met.
  • Investigate and mediate allegations of harassment and other job-related complaints.
  • Oversee corporate training and development of employee talent.
  • Develop recruiting strategies to meet the company’s long-term hiring needs.
  • Technical companies often look for HR professionals with a scientific background, who can speak the technical language of job candidates.
  • HR specialists can be found recruiting, interviewing, and placing workers, and they may also handle other areas such as employee relations, payroll and benefits, and training.
  • HR managers can be found overseeing the human capital needs of a specific organization, in staffing agencies that provide short-term contract workers, or working for a recruiting agency that provides candidates for permanent positions.

Technical Skills

  • Interpersonal skills to quickly develop good working relationships with others, resolve disputes, and understand the abilities and ambitions of other people.
  • Decision-making skills, including who to hire, promote, or terminate.
  • Oral and written communication skills to convey policies and decisions unambiguously.
  • Integrity, self-control, and discretion for handling sensitive personnel matters.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and be comfortable with people who have diverse backgrounds.

Career Path

Human resources specialist is a typical entry-level position for someone with a bachelor’s degree. This position would deal with routine hiring procedures, orientation of new employees, and explanation of corporate policies. Over time, shifting to a human resources manager position would involve dealing with more complex personnel issues and possibly developing long-term hiring strategies to match the company’s predicted growth areas. At a recruiting agency, most human resource professionals start out recruiting candidates to fill specific positions and may later move to working with client companies to identify and define the positions to be filled.

Original content at acs.org

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