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Industry Snapshot: Human Resources in Minnesota

As the economy has rebounded, the Minnesota HR hiring outlook has bounced back much more quickly than other states. Minneapolis-St. Paul has the fifth highest human resources employment level of all cities across the US. In the last four years, the total number of HR employees in MN has increased by 26% [Minnesota Bureau of Labor and Statistics]. Much of this movement is driven by the increase of positions focused on recruiting talent and management. Some of the most in-demand HR positions today are detailed below.

HR Recruiter

An HR Recruiter is often involved in the sourcing, screening, and interviewing of candidates, as well as writing position descriptions and posting them online. The role usually requires a bachelor’s degree as well as 1-5 years of related industry recruiting experience.

Recruitment Manager

The Recruitment Manager utilizes various traditional sourcing and recruiting strategies. This individual is often responsible for managing/overseeing a department’s recruiting function while also recruiting and sourcing for various positions. The position typically requires a bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of relevant corporate HR recruiting experience.

Talent Acquisition Director

The Talent Acquisition Director oversees all facets of recruiting, hiring, and employment within the organization while developing local and national recruiting plans based on company needs. The individual in this position must be able to think creatively and manage others. The role requires a bachelor’s degree with at least 7+ years of relevant HR experience.

Because the talent pool is growing, employers will likely face recruitment challenges. Companies that know exactly what they’re looking for in a new employee are able to make quicker hiring decisions and secure strong candidates who may even be deciding between multiple job offers. These quick-moving companies have an advantage over organizations with a lengthy evaluation process or those that are unsure what type of candidate they are seeking.

Employers are looking for HR professionals, especially those in talent acquisition, who fit into their culture and have an immediate impact within the company. They want candidates who understand the industry, show initiative, and have the ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team. As companies expand their workforces, they need HR staff to act as a partner to the business and, as a result, many companies now turn to specialized search firms to help find the ideal fit for the role.

To start your search for top HR talent, contact Versique’s HR executive search team today.

For more about the state of Minnesota’s HR industry, download our exclusive 2015 Human Resources Salary Guide.

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