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Working As A Job Development 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

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Job Development 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 A Job Development 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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Job Development Specialist Career Paths

Job Development Specialist
Employment Specialist Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Employment Specialist Recruiter Account Executive
Territory Sales Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Employment Specialist Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Job Developer Case Manager Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Job Developer Case Manager Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Job Developer Case Manager Account Manager
Regional Accounts Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Consultant Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Team Leader Customer Service Manager
Call Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Executive Assistant Human Resources Manager
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Career Advisor Office Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Career Advisor Adjunct Instructor Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Career Advisor Program Manager Associate Director
Career Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Account Manager Relationship Manager
Client Relationship Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Office Manager Office Manager Of Human Resources
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Team Leader Executive Team Leader
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Technical Recruiter
Resource Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Consultant
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Career Counselor Training Manager Recruitment Manager
Assistant Director Of Admissions
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Job Developer 2.4 years
Job Recruiter 1.5 years
Top Careers Before Job Development Specialist
Teacher 6.3%
Job Coach 5.1%
Internship 5.1%
Director 4.2%
Volunteer 3.8%
Instructor 3.8%
Consultant 3.4%
Top Careers After Job Development Specialist
Recruiter 3.3%
Counselor 3.3%
Owner 2.9%

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Job Development Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

53.7%

Male

35.6%

Unknown

10.7%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.3%

Swedish

3.3%

Portuguese

3.3%

Chinese

3.3%

Vietnamese

3.3%

Greek

3.3%

Armenian

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Italian

3.3%
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Job Development Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.9%

Wright State University

6.3%

University of Florida

5.1%

University of Virginia

5.1%

Wayne State University

5.1%

Troy University

5.1%

Kaplan University

5.1%

Michigan State University

5.1%

Kent State University

5.1%

College of New Rochelle

5.1%

Western Kentucky University

5.1%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

3.8%

Central State University

3.8%

Walden University

3.8%

University of Toledo

3.8%

Tennessee State University

3.8%

Columbia University

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

3.8%

Ashford University

3.8%

Cleveland State University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

25.3%

Psychology

9.1%

Social Work

5.1%

Sociology

5.1%

Education

4.7%

Human Resources Management

4.7%

Management

4.4%

Communication

4.4%

Criminal Justice

4.4%

Rehabilitation Science

4.0%

Counseling Psychology

4.0%

Elementary Education

3.7%

Political Science

3.7%

Human Services

3.4%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Marketing

2.7%

School Counseling

2.4%

Public Administration

2.4%

Public Relations

2.0%

Accounting

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.3%

Masters

30.1%

Other

17.9%

Associate

9.2%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

0.7%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Job Development Specialist

  1. Unemployment Claims
  2. Job Placement Services
  3. Job Search
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  • Coordinated and processed unemployment claims.
  • Provided job placement services and community resource development and outreach.
  • Conduct structured job search sessions that train customers to identify opportunities in the employment community and to effectively secure employment.
  • Job development, placement and retention assistance for adult vocational rehabilitation clients and other handicapped and/or disadvantaged adults.
  • Coordinated and facilitated local job fairs for employers to identify potential candidates.

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