A person wishing to enjoy a career in the field of human resources might find themselves very well suited to be a personnel specialist. For some, it ends up being their long-term career, while it's a stepping stone to higher positions in a similar field for others. Generally, a bachelor's degree in field related to human resources is required to fill the position, though experience and other factors play a role in the hiring process. This person typically keeps standard daytime office hour jobs.
Personnel specialists typically work with human resource managers and supervisors in completing the many tasks that a human resource department is required to handle. Attention to detail is required while handling a wide variety of clerical chores and documents. Otherwise, a company could be held liable for damages to an employee or employees. Also, a personnel specialist will routinely have access to and utilize information that is sensitive and confidential, including rate of pay, medical conditions, and other personal information. Because of this, a person of high moral character, honesty, and self-control is usually placed in this position.
Almost any business, firm, corporation that has more than a handful of employees has a human resources department. This is good news as there are many jobs available in just about every field imaginable, and the skills a personnel specialist acquires usually transfer well from one field to another. A personnel specialist usually has a wide variety of work, including tasks related to payroll, vacation time, workman's compensation, sexual harassment, disgruntled issues, records, reprimands, and work history. Strong people skills, multitasking, and good organizational skills are usually musts.
Personnel Specialist Tasks
Coordinates projects and implements employee compensation, training and benefit programs; including communications.
Participates in developing new policies, procedures and programs.
Supports HR activities and programs; such as staffing, compensation, benefits, training and safety.
Answer employee questions about human resources policies and procedures.