5 Possible Careers in HR

Management of human resources is a vital part of the organization of any business, large or small, of any kind. As a result, a variety of jobs have been created in that field. And many persons are eager to find work in human resources- careers that can help them develop and improve their skills in working with other people. Here is a description of five possible human resources jobs.

1) An Employment Service Manager directs the process of recruiting and determines effective, proactive strategies for it; consults with the senior- level staff members about needs regarding recruitment and staffing; plan the development of their employees' skills, thus enabling them to perform their tasks more efficiently; and figure out ways to improve success and performance, using workforce metrics. They also manage pre-employment processes, transferral, and other like things.

2) A Human Resources Generalist manages the office's day to day activities. He handles such things as staffing and recruiting logistics; the development of the organization; communication and relations among employees; their health and safety; the facilitation of committees throughout the company; and employee services. As a member of the training crew, he also aids in setting up performance development plans. In the area of computers, the HR generalist also manages recruiting and company information on the Internet; maintains databases relating to employees; and makes use of company software.

3) An HR Coordinator, as his title indicates, coordinates the work done in his business's HR department. He conducts "Employee of the Year" awards, service honors, and the like, and takes care of the budget requirements of such functions. He keeps detailed records of employee turnover so as to make it easier to retain workers. He may help supervise the clerical staff and volunteers, and on occasion attends business conferences, where he acts as an HR representative.

4) A Recruiter is the first company member that a prospective employee meets with. He conducts interviews with such people and also maintains a record of employees, both current ones and those seeking to join. He may even initiate contact, phoning people and convincing them to work for the business.

5) An Administrative HR takes care of in- house employees. If there is a problem with regard to the work, this person is the first to hear about it. He familiarizes recently hired employees with the company's ways of doing things, and mediates conflicts between supervisors and subordinates.

To qualify for any of these careers, a candidate must have a bachelor's degree and take HR courses in college. These courses involve studying employment laws, accounting budgeting, and other subjects related to the field. Computer skills include familiarity with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel and with database management. One also needs to have well- developed interpersonal skills. Some companies prefer to hire candidates with backgrounds in liberal arts. There exist several internships that can help a person gain experience in human resources; they may involve conducting research and job analyses, providing office support, and writing employment advertisements.

HR careers are among the best- paying in existence. Salaries range from $200,000 for a senior consultant to a mere $33,500 for a records specialist. Opportunities in the field are expected to be plentiful in years to come.