ERIC Number: ED464204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec-3
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HR Positions on the Internet.
Coghill, Carey Cox; Kirk, James J.
The question of whether the online job market reflects the trends predicted for the job market was examined in a study of a random sample of 690 Internet job postings over a 6-month period. Each listing was categorized by type of position, desired qualifications, salary, and job specifications. Of the human resources (HR) jobs posted, 7.2% were for generalists. The remaining postings were for jobs related to the following areas: recruitment/staffing; HR management; compensation and benefits; employee assistance program consulting; HR administration; and other specific aspects HR. Nearly half (47.3%) of the postings preferred applicants with 4 years of higher education; 33% did not specify an education requirement. Most (92.4%) employers did not require certification. Work experience requirements and salaries varied widely. The study findings contradicted many expectations formed after a literature review. Far fewer generalist positions were found than expected. Another unexpected finding was that salary did not appear to increase as the responsibility and strategic role of the specific HR function increased. The number of listings requiring advanced degrees was far lower than expected, and the predicted trend for more required certifications was not substantiated. Postings for certain types of entry-level jobs predominated among the online job listings. Several areas requiring further study were identified. (MN)
Descriptors: Certification, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Practices, Employment Projections, Employment Qualifications, Entry Workers, Human Resources, Income, Internet, Job Banks, Labor Force Development, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Literature Reviews, Occupational Information, Online Systems, Postsecondary Education, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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