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Job Spotlight: Human Resources Generalist

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Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer that age-old question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help you answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from salary and duties to why people do the jobs they do.

HR Generalist

For this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re calling you in to interview for an HR Generalist position! Human Resources isn’t going away any time soon. Businesses need employees in order to function. The main responsibility for an HR Generalist is to implement a variety of human resource programs. The HR department will depend on your assistance in a number of important functions such as staffing, compensation and benefits, training, and development.

Required Education

Ususally a Bachelor’s Degree, although there can be exceptions.


Although it varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. experience, industry, geographic area, commission, etc.), HR Generalists make $40,000 or more a year.

What HR Generalists Do

HR Generalists handle a variety of responsibilities, which may include:

  • Administering compensation and benefit plans
  • Assisting in talent acquisition and recruitment processes
  • Conducting employee onboarding and helping plan training and development
  • Providing support to employees in various HR related topics such as leave, compensation, etc., and resolve issues
  • Promoting HR programs to create an efficient and conflict-free workplace
  • Assisting in development and implementation of human resource policies
  • Undertaking tasks in performance management
  • Gathering and analyzing data with useful HR metrics
  • Maintaining employee files and records in electronic and paper form

What Companies Look for in HR Generalists

Every HR Generalist is different, but many need the following skills and attributes:

  • Proven HR experience
  • Understanding of general human resources policies and procedures
  • Good knowledge of employment/labor laws
  • Outstanding knowledge of MS Office; HRIS systems (e.g. PeopleSoft) can be a plus
  • Excellent communication and people skills
  • Aptitude in problem-solving
  • BS/BA in Business Administration or relevant field recommended
  • Three or more years of experience in an applicable setting
  • Applicants must be comfortable with data entry and administrative duties

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S and Canada. If you have any questions about HR Generalist jobs in your area or job search in general, feel free to contact your local Express office or fill out our online contact form.

Are you n HR Generalist? What else should people know about your position? Let us know in the comments below!