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Working As An Employment Specialist

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Staffing Organizational Units
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $72,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Employment Specialist Do

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle tasks related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

Duties

Human resources specialists typically do the following:

  • Consult with employers to identify employment needs
  • Interview applicants about their experience, education, and skills
  • Contact references and perform background checks on job applicants
  • Inform applicants about job details, such as duties, benefits, and working conditions
  • Hire or refer qualified candidates for employers
  • Conduct or help with new employee orientation
  • Keep employment records and process paperwork

Human resources specialists are often trained in all human resources disciplines and perform tasks throughout all areas of the department. In addition to recruiting and placing workers, human resources specialists help guide employees through all human resources procedures and answer questions about policies. They sometimes administer benefits, process payroll, and handle any associated questions or problems, although many specialists may focus more on strategic planning and hiring instead of administrative duties. They also ensure that all human resources functions comply with federal, state, and local regulations. 

The following are examples of types of human resources specialists:

Human resources generalists handle all aspects of human resources work. They may have duties in all areas of human resources including recruitment, employee relations, compensation, benefits, training, as well as the administration of human resources policies, procedures, and programs. 

Placement specialists match employers with qualified jobseekers. They search for candidates who have the skills, education, and work experience needed for jobs, and they try to place those candidates with employers. They also may help set up interviews.

Recruitment specialists, sometimes known as personnel recruiters or head hunters,” find, screen, and interview applicants for job openings in an organization. They search for applicants by posting listings, attending job fairs, and visiting college campuses. They also may test applicants, contact references, and extend job offers.

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How To Become An Employment Specialist

Human resources specialists must usually have a bachelor’s degree.

Education

Applicants seeking positions as a human resources specialist must usually have a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field.

Coursework typically includes business, industrial relations, psychology, professional writing, human resource management, and accounting.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Some positions, particularly human resources generalists, may require previous work experience. Candidates can gain experience as human resources assistants, in customer service positions, or in other related jobs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many professional associations that specialize in human resources offer courses intended to enhance the skills of their members, and some offer certification programs. For example, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) offers the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Although certification is usually voluntary, some employers may prefer or require it. Human resources generalists, in particular, can benefit from certification because it shows knowledge and professional competence across all human resources areas. 

Advancement

Human resources specialists who possess a thorough knowledge of their organization, as well as an understanding of regulatory compliance needs, can advance to become human resources managers. Specialists can increase their chance of advancement by completing voluntary certification programs.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Human resources specialists use decisionmaking skills when reviewing candidates’ qualifications or when working to resolve disputes.  

Detail oriented. Specialists must be detail oriented when evaluating applicants’ qualifications, performing background checks, maintaining records of an employee grievance, and ensuring that a workplace is in compliance with labor standards. 

Interpersonal skills. Specialists continually interact with new people and must be able to converse and connect with people from different backgrounds. 

Listening skills. Listening skills are essential for human resources specialists. When interviewing job applicants, for example, specialists must pay careful attention to candidates’ responses, understand the points they are making, and ask relevant followup questions. 

Speaking skills. All specialists need strong speaking skills to be effective at their job. They often give presentations and must be able to clearly convey information about their organizations and jobs within them.

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Employment Specialist Career Paths

Employment Specialist
Recruiter Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Account Executive Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Consultant Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Administrator Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Senior Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Consultant Human Resources Manager
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Team Leader Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Specialist Benefit Specialist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Benefit Specialist Human Resources Business Partner
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Benefit Specialist Human Resources Consultant
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Job Developer Program Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Talent Acquisition
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Branch Manager Recruitment Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Recruiting Coordinator Technical Recruiter
Resource Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Recruiting Coordinator Technical Recruiter Human Resources Consultant
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Job Developer Program Manager Associate Director
Career Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Talent Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Staffing Manager
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Employment Advisor 2.2 years
Employment Coach 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Employment Specialist
Case Manager 10.3%
Internship 9.2%
Cashier 5.3%
Teacher 4.2%
Job Coach 3.8%
Volunteer 3.6%
Counselor 3.5%
Recruiter 3.4%
Manager 3.2%
Top Careers After Employment Specialist
Case Manager 12.2%
Recruiter 7.1%
Internship 4.6%
Counselor 3.6%
Manager 3.3%
Teacher 3.1%

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Employment Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

63.0%

Male

27.1%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

63.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.3%

French

9.0%

Arabic

3.5%

Portuguese

2.8%

Hmong

2.6%

Mandarin

1.9%

German

1.7%

Somali

1.4%

Chinese

1.4%

Russian

1.2%

Thai

1.2%

Dakota

1.2%

Hebrew

0.9%

Japanese

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Braille

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Amharic

0.7%

Dutch

0.5%
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Employment Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.4%

Liberty University

7.0%

Capella University

6.8%

Ashford University

5.9%

Webster University

5.8%

Walden University

5.5%

Strayer University

4.6%

Michigan State University

3.9%

Kaplan University

3.7%

Temple University

3.4%

Central Connecticut State University

3.3%

Southern Connecticut State University

3.3%

Grand Canyon University

3.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.1%

Troy University

3.1%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.1%

Towson University

3.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.9%

University of North Texas

2.8%
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Majors

Business

19.6%

Psychology

13.4%

Social Work

9.0%

Human Resources Management

8.3%

Human Services

6.6%

Criminal Justice

5.5%

Sociology

4.5%

Communication

3.7%

Education

3.5%

School Counseling

3.2%

Management

3.1%

Counseling Psychology

2.8%

Rehabilitation Science

2.7%

Mental Health Counseling

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Special Education

2.0%

General Studies

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.8%

Political Science

1.8%

Public Administration

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.2%

Masters

26.5%

Other

15.3%

Associate

8.3%

Certificate

4.1%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$38,000
Min 10%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$136,000
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Highest Paying City
Brooklyn Park, MN
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does an Employment Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Employment Specialist in the United States is $72,733 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $136,000.

Real Employment Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Employment Specialist Medical Dynamic Systems, Inc. New York, NY Jan 31, 2011 $73,024
Recruiter/Employment Specialist The Ford Agency, Inc. Washington, DC Jan 09, 2016 $55,000
Canadian Employment Specialist Pinnacle Technical Resources Inc. Dallas, TX Jul 31, 2016 $53,352
Employment Specialist Williams College Williamstown, MA Jul 18, 2016 $53,000
Recruiter/Employment Specialist The Ford Agency, Inc. Washington, DC Jan 09, 2016 $52,000 -
$59,000
Faculty Employment Specialist Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Jan 19, 2016 $48,450
Hotel Employment Specialist Portals Hotel Site, LLC Washington, DC Dec 15, 2009 $48,350
Hotel Employment Specialist Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. Washington, DC Dec 15, 2009 $46,350
Hotel Employment Specialist Portals Hotel Site, LLC Washington, DC Dec 15, 2009 $46,350
Employment Specialist Gs Pharmacy LLC New York, NY Sep 25, 2016 $45,434
Employment Policy Specialist Cosmos Foundation, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 10, 2010 $45,000
Personal Recruiter/Employment Talent Specialist The Fountain Group LLC Tampa, FL Oct 01, 2012 $44,000
Employment Specialist Gs Pharmacy LLC New York, NY Sep 05, 2015 $43,806
Employment Specialist Senba USA Inc. Hayward, CA Dec 10, 2010 $41,114
Employment Specialist (Education and Skills) Skillsmart, Inc. Germantown, MD Sep 30, 2016 $40,300
Employment Specialist Behavioral Intervention Prog Chinese American Service League Chicago, IL Jul 25, 2014 $40,000
Employment Specialist Bay Cove Human Services, Inc. Boston, MA Oct 01, 2011 $38,000
Employment Specialist PRS, Inc. McLean, VA Feb 24, 2010 $37,677
Employment Specialist The Fortune Society Dix, NY Mar 01, 2010 $35,000

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Top Skills for An Employment Specialist

  1. Job Search Activities
  2. Vocational Rehabilitation
  3. Job Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are individualized to the interests and uniqueness of each participant.
  • Acted as liaison between the non-profit organization and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for Delaware and Montgomery Counties
  • Job development, creating and maintaining employer relations, and finding paid employment and volunteer opportunities for participants
  • Assess client needs and design and implement programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.
  • Provide vocational employment services via intensive one-on-one job develop and job coaching services to approximately 25-30 clients receiving mental health services.

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