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Human Resource Manager / Staffing Manager


How to Become a Human Resource Manager or Staffing Manager
Human Resource Manager Job Duties
Skills and Qualities of a Human Resource Manager
Human Resource Manager Salaries
Influential Professionals in this Ffield
Leading Organizations in this Field
Top Cities for Human Resource Management Jobs
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How to become a Human Resource Manager or Staffing Manager

Although it is not always necessary to have a four-year degree, many employers strongly prefer candidates to have some degree in an applicable field, like labor relations, business administration, human resources, or perhaps even public administration. Employers also consider candidates who have non-business backgrounds,which is fairly typical of a position that requires a high degree of people interaction. That is to say, sometimes experience and effectiveness with people is more important than a formal degree.

There are several professional designations one can obtain as a human resources professional, although the certifications are not necessarily or commonly required as an entry-level applicant. These various designations are highly recommended if one wishes to advance in the human resources field in general. Some of these designations are PHR (Professional in Human Resources), SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), and GPHR (Global Professional in Human Resources). These designations are not degrees, but are certifications that are obtained by taking complex examinations, resulting in certification by the HR Certification Institute, a national professional organization. These designations are usually maintained by continuing professional education, which requires logging approved numbers of class hours in the area of human resources and related fields.

What does a Human Resource Manager do?

HR and Staffing managers have evolved as a group within companies as companies have grown to understand the importance of HR and Staffing managers in their organizations. In the past, HR and Staffing managers were considered more like administrative and support managers, working more or less with employee benefits, attaining hiring goals, interviewing and helping companies comply with government and regulatory policies. They were less a part of the company as a whole and were not seen as a strategic advantage to maintaining company competitive edge for the company.

Nowadays, HR and Staffing managers hold a much more consultative role within a company and help oversee all those duties mentioned, but they also play an important part in a company's strategic vision as well as with corporate culture formation and development. They are seen as partners and leaders with the rest of company management. They also help formulate policy on performance evaluation, employee development, corporate ethical standards, employee satisfaction initiatives, etc. Staffing managers do focus much more on the hiring aspect of human resources, and sometimes are lumped in together with recruiters.

In many ways, the HR/staffing mangers perform a liaison function between employees and employers, and often times there are competing philosophies between which "side" to lean toward.

What skills or qualities do I need to become a Human Resource Manager?

A HR/staffing manager's soft skills must be superb, as they constantly have to function in the middle of several parties who have a stake in the company. HR/staffing managers also have to have knowledge of and keep up on what are sometimes constantly changing federal, state and local regulations on human resource activity and policy. Their job is also to help reduce risk to their client/employer who is hiring or disciplining employees, so a keen intelligence and an ability to accurately read people are more than important.

How much does a Human Resource Manager make?

In 2007, the salary range for recruiters was from $54,000 - $120,000+.


Who are some influential professionals in this field?

It is always a good bet to find today's leaders in this field by looking at the executive and board membership of key professional organizations. For example, Janet N. Parker is the chairwoman for the Society for Human Resource Management.

What are some leading organizations in this field?

Society for Human Resource Management

HR Certification Institute

World at Work

Society for Human Resource Management

International Personnel Management Association

National Human Resources Association

Society for Human Resource Management

International Association for Corporate & Professional Recruitment

American Staffing Association

National Association of Personnel Services

National Personnel Associates

What are the top cities for Human Resource Management jobs?

Large city centers are your best bet for job opportunities in this area, but specifically ones that have either a constant hum of activity or that are growing quickly. For example, New York, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, Phoenix and Charlotte boast a number of job openings in this field.

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