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Human Resources Specialist  What They Do

Just the Facts


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

This career is part of the Business Management and Administration cluster Human Resources Management pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Prepares or maintains employment records related to events such as hiring, termination, leaves, transfers, or promotions, using human resources management system software.
  • Interprets and explains human resources policies, procedures, laws, standards, or regulations.
  • Hires employees and processes hiring-related paperwork.
  • Informs job applicants of details such as duties and responsibilities, compensation, benefits, schedules, working conditions, or promotion opportunities.
  • Addresses employee relations issues, such as harassment allegations, work complaints, or other employee concerns.
  • Maintains current knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action guidelines and laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Schedules or conducts new employee orientations.
  • Maintains and updates human resources documents, such as organizational charts, employee handbooks or directories, or performance evaluation forms.
  • Confers with management to develop or implement personnel policies or procedures.
  • Selects qualified job applicants or refers them to managers, making hiring recommendations when appropriate.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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