A training manager is a human resources specialist who oversees onboarding, training, professional development and other workplace education efforts.
As a training manager, you might conduct learning sessions yourself or hire qualified instructors to teach employees. Regardless of your exact responsibilities, you will find that this is an employee-facing position, so you will need good public speaking and communication skills.
In this management-level job, you may be also responsible for maintaining a training budget and assessing programs, altering them if they no longer meet the company’s needs.
Compensation and benefits manager
A compensation and benefits manager oversees the salary and benefits packages for employees. In this senior role, you typically have a budget and must ensure that all compensation fits within its limitations. Doing so often requires restructuring payments and benefits and negotiating with third-party vendors to provide perks like health insurance and retirement account management.
In addition to meeting budget requirements, you must ensure that payment packages are competitive for your industry and meet federal, state and municipal requirements. Finally, you need to educate employees about their benefits and pay packages and answer their questions or concerns.
An employment manager helps with staffing needs. Hiring is a part of the job description, but the position can also involve planning for outsourcing or temporary workers.
In some companies, employment managers are involved in planning for future workforce needs. This involves the development of workforce plans, which include hiring, contracting and developing staff in alignment with the company’s goals.
This job has a legal aspect, because you must be sure the company’s hiring and employment practices meet local, state and federal standards. This includes ensuring the rights of job applicants and employees and assessing their eligibility to work for your company.
Talent acquisition specialist
Talent acquisition specialists assess the needs of a company and try to recruit workers who have the right skills and education. In this career, you typically handle all aspects of recruitment, including finding skilled workers or advertising vacancies to attract qualified applicants.
Like other HR specialties, this one typically requires a degree in human resources, business or a related field. Your duties can move beyond recruiting to include vetting applications, conducting interviews and making hiring decisions. Some companies ask HR specialists to be part of onboarding for new employees.
Global human resources manager
A global human resources manager works for a multinational company. Their duties are similar to those of a regular HR manager with one significant exception: They work with international employees or those with dual citizenship.
Requirements include an HR degree and experience. You also need knowledge of international business practices, including employment laws and requirements in each country where your employer operates.
In terms of demand or salary, BLS does not distinguish between domestic and international HR managers. However, depending on company locations, there are some things that can help applicants stand out, such as language skills or familiarity with one or more of the countries where the company operates.