SIUC Dept. of Communication Studies RSOs
Human Resources specialist
Human Resource Specialists have a broad range of responsibilities, such as recruiting, training, mediation, payroll, etc. depending on the needs of the company. Sometimes, the position is broken off into Human Resource Generalist, which handle all aspects of human resource work, and Recruitment specialists who interview and hire applicants for an organization. These careers typically can move up to leadership positions in Human Resource Management.
Take This Career Path if You ♥
Enjoy working with people. | Want to develop an organizations’ people. | Enjoy mentoring and helping others. | Value communication. | Like optimizing benefits. | Can influence behavior towards positive outcomes. | Effectively solve conflict. | Make decisions that positively impact others.
According to he Occupational Outlook Handbook, here's what's required:
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Work experience: some positions require previous work experience. Candidates can earn experience working as human resource assistants, in customer service positions, or other related jobs.
- Job outlook next 10 years: 7% (Faster than average)
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Here's 5 Ways to Start Your Journey
- Take the general communication studies track
- Recommended courses: Interpersonal Communication (CMST 262) Business and Professional communication (CMST 280), Intercultural Communication (CMST 301i), Nonverbal Communication (CMST 361), Interviewing (CMST 383), Communication & Conflict (CMST 463)
- Recommended minors or electives in psychology, business, org. communication and/or accounting
- Get involved! Join Society for Human Resource Professionals https://www.shrm.org/Membership/student-resources/Pages/default.aspx
- Join C3, which needs future HR specialists to recruit students, help plan campus events, familiarize new members to the club, and mediate conflict (if/when present).