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Human Resource Jobs

 Dated: 07-16-2010

Even in a time when many companies have scaled back their hiring to a greater or lesser extent, there is still a need at businesses of all sizes and in all industries for human resource department personnel.

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These human resource jobs are among the most desirable of positions and for those individuals who possess the necessary education and professional experience, these can be exceptionally rewarding positions, both in personal and financial terms. There are different types and levels of human resource work and depending on your work experience, one position or another may be more suitable for you. For a brief rundown of jobs in human resources and what these positions entail, keep reading.

What Do Human Resources Personnel Do?

Essentially, employees who work in the human resources department of their employer's firm are tasked with administering employee benefits, overseeing the orientation and in some cases the training of new hires and depending on the nature of the company, may also be responsible for interviewing potential hires. Naturally, all of these functions do not normally fall on a single employee (with the exception of at smaller businesses where all of these duties can be easily performed by a single member of the staff). The exact duties of any human resource job may vary as needed to meet the requirements of their employer, so those seeking human resource work should be aware that any description of these positions which they read from any source other than the employer themselves may not be exactly the same as the duties that will be asked from them in a specific position.

Human Resources Generalists

The majority of jobs in human resources are what are known as generalist positions. These professionals carry out a wide range of duties in the course of their human resource employment, including but not necessarily limited to payroll and employee benefits, recruiting, retaining and coaching employees, talent development, maintaining employee policies, ensuring compliance with applicable local, state and federal employment statutes and regulations and acting as a liaison between employees and management. Again, the duties of a generalist may vary greatly depending on the company who employs them, the industry they work in and other factors including the management style of senior level human resources personnel.

Human Resources Managers

These human resource jobs exist mostly in medium to larger sized businesses, given the typically larger size of HR departments at these companies. A human resources manager plays a supervisory role, ensuring that the human resource work of the company's HR generalists and any other junior HR department employees is carried out properly - and stepping in to assist with the same sort of duties performed by HR generalists as circumstances dictate. These positions are often staffed by personnel who began their careers in human resources as generalists and advanced into these roles as their professional experience prepared them for the greater responsibility of a managerial position within the human resources department.

Human Resources Directors

These senior level staff are, as you would expect from the title, responsible for overseeing the operations of the entire HR department at their firm. Depending on the size of the company and the way that the business is organized, human resources may be just one of several departments which these individuals are responsible for; and in some companies, this is such as senior level position that the HR director sits on the company's board of directors. Like much else in the human resource field, however, this varies depending on the company.

A career in HR offers great potential for growth to candidates with a background either in human resources or management who wants to take an active role in the growth of the company they work for. With the responsibilities these positions entail, this is not a career path which appeals to everyone; but for those individuals who find themselves to be a good fit for human resource work, beginning as a generalist and working one's way up to a HR manager or human resources director is something well worth pursuing. As the economy inevitably begins to pick up steam, there will be an even greater demand for HR professionals, which makes this an excellent time to begin seeking out HR employment.

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