Human Resources Assistant

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

What is this job like?

What is this job like? Back to Top Human resources assistants keep records of a company's employees. These records have facts, such as each worker's name, address, job title, pay, and health insurance benefits and other benefits. Every day, human resources assistants update information and answer questions about employees. They also may create reports for managers.

Some human resources assistants answer the phone or open mail. Some help to hire workers. They sometimes do research on the Internet to find qualified applicants for jobs. They tell people about job openings. They get information from job applicants about their education and work experience. They give out tests and 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.

Human resources assistants use computers. They usually work a standard 40-hour week.

How do you get ready?

Most of these workers have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. Most work with the public, so they have to work well with people. They also need to be neat, well dressed, and have a pleasant personality. A clear speaking voice is important, especially on the telephone. Assistants also need good computer skills. They also need to be able to keep people's information private.

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
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