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Become An Employment Specialist

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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

  • $65,710

    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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Average Length of Employment
Employment Trainer 2.9 years
Job Developer 2.4 years
Employment Coach 1.8 years
Top Employers Before
Case Manager 11.2%
Internship 8.9%
Teacher 4.3%
Job Coach 3.6%
Counselor 3.4%
Manager 3.3%
Recruiter 3.1%
Volunteer 3.1%
Top Employers After
Case Manager 13.4%
Recruiter 6.0%
Internship 3.8%
Counselor 3.3%
Manager 3.1%
Teacher 2.9%

Employment Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

70.3%

Male

27.8%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

80.4%

Hispanic or Latino

10.4%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.9%

French

10.3%

Arabic

3.2%

Hmong

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Mandarin

2.6%

Somali

1.9%

Chinese

1.9%

Dakota

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Hebrew

1.3%

German

1.3%

Amharic

1.3%

Thai

1.0%

Braille

1.0%

Japanese

1.0%

Swahili

0.6%

Italian

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Bosnian

0.6%
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Employment Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.0%

Liberty University

9.0%

Capella University

7.9%

Ashford University

6.1%

Strayer University

5.4%

Webster University

5.1%

Southern Connecticut State University

4.2%

Central Connecticut State University

3.9%

Towson University

3.9%

Grand Canyon University

3.9%

Temple University

3.6%

Walden University

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

Kaplan University

3.4%

Troy University

3.3%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

3.0%

Western Washington University

2.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.8%

Pennsylvania State University

2.8%

San Diego State University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

19.4%

Psychology

13.8%

Social Work

8.7%

Human Resources Management

8.3%

Human Services

5.9%

Criminal Justice

5.7%

Sociology

4.5%

Education

3.8%

School Counseling

3.7%

Communication

3.7%

Rehabilitation Science

3.1%

Counseling Psychology

2.8%

Management

2.7%

Mental Health Counseling

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Special Education

2.0%

General Studies

1.8%

Human Development

1.8%

Elementary Education

1.8%

Public Administration

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.4%

Masters

27.8%

Other

15.1%

Associate

7.8%

Certificate

4.2%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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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

CompetitiveEmploymentJobSearchActivitiesJobPlacementJobDevelopmentMentalHealthWorkforceJobReadinessJobFairsVocationalRehabilitationOn-The-JobTrainingSupportServicesEmploymentServicesDevelopmentalDisabilitiesEmploymentPlansCustomerServiceCommunityResourcesJobSitesJobSkillsHRJobSeekers

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Top Employment Specialist Skills

  1. Competitive Employment
  2. Job Search Activities
  3. Job Placement
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepare referred individuals for competitive employment through familiarization with job application forms, anticipated employer expectations and general interview procedures.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed documentation of student job search activities and monthly statistics
  • Assess client needs and design and implement programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.
  • Conduct all phases of vocational services including engagement, assessment, job search, job development, and job support.
  • Provided mental health clients with daily directions to help maintain independent living.

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