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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

  • $45,531

    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
Staffing Specialist Staffing Consultant Client Program Supervisor
Client Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Senior Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Corporate Director, Human Resources
11 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Manager
Corporate Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Recruitment Manager
Director Of Talent Acquisition
11 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resource Specialist Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Account Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resource Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Project Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Account Manager Recruiter
Human Resources Recruiter/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator Human Resource Specialist
Human Resources Team Leader
5 Yearsyrs
Service Coordinator Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Labour Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Technical Recruiter Staffing Consultant
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Program Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Senior Recruiter Talent Acquisition Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Senior Technical Recruiter Staffing Consultant
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Account Manager Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Human Resources Manager
Talent Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Employment Coach 1.8 years
Top Employers Before
Case Manager 10.3%
Internship 9.6%
Teacher 4.4%
Recruiter 3.5%
Manager 3.5%
Volunteer 3.5%
Counselor 3.4%
Job Coach 3.3%
Cashier 3.3%
Top Employers After
Case Manager 12.1%
Recruiter 6.7%
Internship 4.1%
Counselor 3.6%
Teacher 3.2%
Manager 3.1%

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Employment Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

70.3%

Male

27.9%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

63.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.3%

French

10.7%

Hmong

3.3%

Portuguese

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Mandarin

2.7%

Somali

2.0%

Chinese

2.0%

German

1.7%

Dakota

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Thai

1.0%

Braille

1.0%

Amharic

1.0%

Hindi

0.7%

Bosnian

0.7%

Russian

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%

Japanese

0.7%

Swahili

0.3%
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Employment Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.7%

Liberty University

9.0%

Capella University

7.8%

Ashford University

5.6%

Webster University

5.3%

Strayer University

4.8%

Southern Connecticut State University

4.4%

Temple University

3.9%

Central Connecticut State University

3.9%

Towson University

3.9%

Troy University

3.7%

Walden University

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.7%

Kaplan University

3.4%

Grand Canyon University

3.4%

San Diego State University

3.3%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

19.0%

Psychology

13.8%

Social Work

8.8%

Human Resources Management

8.4%

Human Services

5.8%

Criminal Justice

5.4%

Sociology

4.6%

Education

3.9%

School Counseling

3.8%

Communication

3.7%

Rehabilitation Science

3.0%

Counseling Psychology

3.0%

Management

2.8%

Mental Health Counseling

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Special Education

2.1%

Political Science

1.9%

Human Development

1.9%

General Studies

1.8%

Elementary Education

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.5%

Masters

27.7%

Other

15.1%

Associate

7.7%

Certificate

4.1%

Doctorate

1.8%

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

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  1. Competitive Employment
  2. Job Search Activities
  3. Vocational Rehabilitation
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Engaged clients and established trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of competitive employment in community settings.
  • Assisted individuals with disabilities or other vocationally disadvantaging conditions in their job search activities.
  • Provided seminars to Vocational Rehabilitation/Community Outreach Organizations.
  • Contacted local businesses and organizations to inquire about current employment opportunities and to develop strong working relationships for possible job placements.
  • Coordinate job development and placement activities and provide interpretation services in Spanish and other languages as needed.

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