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Working As A Personnel Consultant

  • 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

  • $63,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Personnel Consultant 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 Personnel Consultant

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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Personnel Consultant Career Paths

Personnel Consultant
Account Executive Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Manager Human Resources Manager
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Manager Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Senior Technical Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Talent Acquisition
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Senior Technical Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staffing Consultant Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Staffing Consultant Recruitment Manager Human Resources Business Partner
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Staffing Consultant Corporate Recruiter
Corporate Recruiting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Accountant Budget Analyst
Resource Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Office Manager Of Human Resources Staffing Manager
Talent Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Office Manager Of Human Resources Senior Human Resources Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Recruiter Senior Technical Recruiter Staffing Manager
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Recruiter Search Consultant Corporate Recruiter
Manager, Recruitment Operations
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Consultant 2.4 years
Search Consultant 2.1 years
Recruiter 2.1 years
Staffing Recruiter 2.0 years
Job Recruiter 1.5 years
Top Careers Before Personnel Consultant
Internship 5.8%
Manager 5.8%
Recruiter 5.0%
Owner 4.3%
Consultant 4.3%
Teacher 3.6%
Associate 3.6%
Top Careers After Personnel Consultant
Recruiter 9.0%
Consultant 7.5%
Manager 3.8%
Owner 3.2%

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Personnel Consultant Demographics

Gender

Female

62.4%

Male

31.0%

Unknown

6.6%
Ethnicity

White

65.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

German

11.1%

Japanese

11.1%

Armenian

11.1%
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Personnel Consultant Education

Schools

Ohio State University

9.0%

University of Iowa

7.5%

University of North Texas

6.0%

University of Phoenix

6.0%

Texas A&M University

6.0%

Michigan State University

6.0%

Pace University - New York

6.0%

University of Memphis

4.5%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.5%

Villanova University

4.5%

Iowa State University

4.5%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.5%

Oklahoma State University

4.5%

University of West Florida

4.5%

University of Rhode Island

4.5%

Boston College

4.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.5%

Ashford University

3.0%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.0%

Northern Arizona University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

22.7%

Psychology

12.4%

Human Resources Management

10.4%

Communication

6.4%

English

6.0%

Counseling Psychology

5.2%

Education

4.8%

Management

4.4%

Political Science

4.4%

Marketing

3.6%

Sociology

3.2%

Real Estate

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

School Counseling

2.0%

Criminal Justice

2.0%

Public Relations

2.0%

Nursing

1.6%

Legal Support Services

1.6%

Law

1.6%

Computer Science

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.3%

Other

19.7%

Masters

16.0%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

2.8%

Doctorate

1.7%

License

0.6%

Diploma

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Personnel Consultant

  1. New Clients
  2. Potential Candidates
  3. Background Checks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Secured new clients and developed relationships while consistently increasing placements on a weekly basis.
  • Conducted interviews of potential candidates, and facilitated the interview scheduling for corporations seeking to fill open positions.
  • Screened, interviewed, performed background checks, and recommended qualified candidates for positions with agricultural companies.
  • Developed and cultivated relationships with Hiring Managers at client companies within various industries focusing primarily on financial service organizations.
  • Generated weekly payroll and invoicing process.

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