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Human Resources Specialists

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Perform activities in the human resource area. Includes employment specialists who screen, recruit, interview, and place workers.

    Work Activities
    • Interpret and explain human resources policies, procedures, laws, standards, or regulations.
    • Hire employees and process hiring-related paperwork.
    • Administer employee benefit plans.
    • Maintain current knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action guidelines and laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
    • Schedule or administer skill, intelligence, psychological, or drug tests for current or prospective employees.
    • Prepare or maintain employment records related to events, such as hiring, termination, leaves, transfers, or promotions, using human resources management system software.
    • Address employee relations issues, such as harassment allegations, work complaints, or other employee concerns.
    • Conduct reference or background checks on job applicants.
    • Review employment applications and job orders to match applicants with job requirements.
    • Inform job applicants of details such as duties and responsibilities, compensation, benefits, schedules, working conditions, or promotion opportunities.
    • Select qualified job applicants or refer them to managers, making hiring recommendations when appropriate.
    • Schedule or conduct new employee orientations.
    • Review and evaluate applicant qualifications or eligibility for specified licensing, according to established guidelines and designated licensing codes.
    • Maintain and update human resources documents, such as organizational charts, employee handbooks or directories, or performance evaluation forms.
    • Confer with management to develop or implement personnel policies or procedures.
    • Evaluate recruitment or selection criteria to ensure conformance to professional, statistical, or testing standards, recommending revisions, as needed.
    • Contact job applicants to inform them of the status of their applications.
    • Conduct exit interviews and ensure that necessary employment termination paperwork is completed.
    • Interview job applicants to obtain information on work history, training, education, or job skills.
    • Provide management with information or training related to interviewing, performance appraisals, counseling techniques, or documentation of performance issues.
    • Perform searches for qualified job candidates, using sources such as computer databases, networking, Internet recruiting resources, media advertisements, job fairs, recruiting firms, or employee referrals.
    • Analyze employment-related data and prepare required reports.
    • Advise management on organizing, preparing, or implementing recruiting or retention programs.
    • Develop or implement recruiting strategies to meet current or anticipated staffing needs.
    • Coordinate with outside staffing agencies to secure temporary employees, based on departmental needs.
    • Evaluate selection or testing techniques by conducting research or follow-up activities and conferring with management or supervisory personnel.
    Skills
    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Knowledge
    • Personnel and Human Resources

      Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

    • Clerical

      Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $57,830/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $27.80/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 19,960
    • Yearly Projected Openings 2,080
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Attention to Detail
    • Self Control
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Tools
    • Special purpose telephones
    • Scanners
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Human resources software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Business intelligence and data analysis software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.