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Working As A Job Placement 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

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Job Placement 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 Placement 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 Placement Specialist Career Paths

Job Placement Specialist
Employment Specialist Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Employment Specialist Recruiter Executive Assistant
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Employment Specialist Recruiter
Recruiting Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Job Developer Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Job Developer Case Manager Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Job Developer Case Manager Operations Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Therapist Owner
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Therapist Office Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Therapist Adjunct Professor
President And Founder
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Team Leader Customer Service Manager
Call Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Consultant Human Resources Manager
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Executive Assistant Human Resources Generalist
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Team Leader Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Senior Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Talent Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Senior Instructor Personnel Manager
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Officer Platoon Leader
Resource Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Program Manager Associate Director
Career Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Rehabilitation Counselor Career Counselor Technical Recruiter
Senior Staffing Specialist
5 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for A Job Placement Specialist

  1. Potential Employers
  2. Job Search Activities
  3. Job Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participate in professional and networking activities to develop potential employers and advocate for job placement opportunities' for people with disabilities.
  • Aided consumers with job search activities by developing r sum s, cover letters, and mock interviews.
  • Performed extensive job development and placement services.
  • Consulted with the Department of Rehabilitation Services, Physicians and Vocational Rehab Counselors to provide comprehensive job placement services.
  • Participate in job fairs and other community events to identify employment needs and preferred qualifications.

Job Placement Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

58.8%

Male

30.3%

Unknown

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

82.9%

French

8.6%

Hmong

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Carrier

2.9%
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Job Placement Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.9%

Capella University

8.5%

Webster University

5.4%

Walden University

5.4%

Strayer University

5.4%

Ashford University

4.7%

University of North Texas

4.7%

Friends University

4.7%

University of Cincinnati

3.9%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

American InterContinental University

3.9%

Kaplan University

3.9%

Florida International University

3.1%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

3.1%

Kansas State University

3.1%

Barry University

3.1%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.1%

University of Iowa

3.1%

San Jose State University

3.1%

University of Kentucky

3.1%
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Majors

Business

23.2%

Psychology

10.0%

Human Resources Management

7.9%

Social Work

6.5%

Criminal Justice

6.3%

Rehabilitation Science

5.7%

Human Services

4.3%

Management

3.7%

Education

3.5%

Sociology

3.3%

School Counseling

3.1%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Communication

2.9%

Counseling Psychology

2.9%

Nursing

2.6%

Mental Health Counseling

2.2%

English

2.0%

Medical Assisting Services

2.0%

General Studies

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.8%

Masters

25.7%

Other

21.8%

Associate

8.3%

Certificate

3.8%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.6%

License

0.3%
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