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Human Resources Managers

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

You’ll need at least five years of experience in lower-level human resources positions (such as employment interviewer, placement specialist, and personnel recruiter, or as a human resources department head) to work as a human resources manager. Additionally, the Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that “many positions require experience working with human resources programs, such as compensation and benefits plans or with a Human Resources Information System (HRIS), and require a solid understanding of federal, state, and local employment laws.” (See to learn more about HRISs.)

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