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What does a human resources assistant do?

Human resources assistants keep the records of a company's employees. These records might include name, address, job title, pay, and benefits like health and life insurance. Every day, they write down information and answer questions about employees. They also may set up reports for managers in the company.

Some human resources assistants answer the phone or open mail. Some are involved in hiring. They sometimes do research on the Internet to find qualified applicants for various jobs. They notify people about job openings in the company. They get information from job applicants like their education and work experience. They give out tests, explain the company's rules. They ask for references from present or past employers. They call or write applicants to tell them if they got the job or not.

Human resources assistants generally work a basic 40-hour week.

How do you get ready to become a human resources assistant?

A high school diploma or its equivalent is the basic educational requirement. Most work with the public, so interpersonal skills, a neat appearance, and a pleasant personality are important. A clear speaking voice in the English language is also important, because they use the telephone. Good spelling and computer skills are needed, since most work requires the use of a computer. Speaking a foreign language is becoming more helpful.

How much does a human resources assistant make?

The middle half of human resources assistants earned between $24,860 and $36,970 in 2002. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $20,440. The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $44,400.

How many jobs are there?

Human resources assistants held about 174,000 jobs in 2002. About 1 in every 4 is employed by a government agency.

What about the future?

The number of jobs for human resources assistants is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2012. These jobs will always be important to any organization.

Are there other jobs like this?

  • Brokerage clerks
  • Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks
  • Customer service representatives
  • File clerks
  • Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks
  • Interviewers
  • Library assistants
  • Order clerks
  • Receptionists and information clerks
  • Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks
Where can you find more information?

More information about human resources assistants can be found in the Careers Database

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook -- U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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