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Working As A 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

  • $58,292

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Placement Specialist Career Paths

Placement Specialist
Human Resources Manager Senior Technical Recruiter Staffing Consultant
Client Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Account Manager Client Services Manager
Client Relationship Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Manager
Corporate Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Human Resources Generalist Recruitment Manager
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Human Resources Analyst Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Coordinator Program Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Office Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Recruiter/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Business Manager Human Resource Specialist
Human Resources Team Leader
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Staffing Consultant
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Technical Recruiter
Resource Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Director Of Human Resources Talent Acquisition Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Coordinator Service Manager Branch Manager
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Recruiting Coordinator Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Talent Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Placement Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

70.1%

Male

27.4%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.7%

French

5.5%

Portuguese

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Chinese

1.8%

German

1.8%

Dakota

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%

Tagalog

1.8%

Hmong

1.8%

Tamil

1.8%

Italian

1.8%
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Placement Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.2%

Liberty University

8.6%

Capella University

7.9%

Ashford University

5.9%

Virginia Commonwealth University

5.3%

Howard University

4.6%

Walden University

4.6%

Miami Dade College

4.6%

Strayer University

4.6%

Grand Canyon University

4.6%

Troy University

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.9%

Florida State University

3.9%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.9%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

3.9%

Ferris State University

3.3%

University of Southern Mississippi

3.3%

University of Central Florida

3.3%

Kennesaw State University

3.3%

University of Georgia

3.3%
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Majors

Business

25.3%

Social Work

11.1%

Psychology

10.1%

Criminal Justice

6.0%

Human Resources Management

5.7%

Communication

4.7%

Education

4.3%

Sociology

4.0%

Marketing

3.6%

Human Services

3.6%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

School Counseling

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Elementary Education

2.1%

English

2.1%

Political Science

2.1%

Accounting

2.1%

Public Administration

1.9%

General Studies

1.7%

Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.6%

Masters

25.3%

Other

20.4%

Associate

7.8%

Certificate

4.8%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Placement Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Employment, Recruitment & Placement Specialists EGON Zehnder International Inc. New York, NY Jan 27, 2011 $220,000
Placement Specialist Marsh USA, Inc. Newport Beach, CA Jan 03, 2010 $113,000
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Visa USA Foster City, CA Jan 28, 2011 $105,664
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Michael Page International, Inc. New York, NY Oct 16, 2009 $105,000
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Nosal Partners LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 10, 2010 $98,500 -
$101,500
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Nosal Partners LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 02, 2008 $98,100 -
$101,500
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists SSI(U.S.) Inc. D/B/A Spencer Stuart Stamford, CT Jul 06, 2010 $90,000 -
$110,000
Employment, Recruitment and Placement Specialists Gartner Inc. Stamford, CT Aug 20, 2009 $90,000
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Fazzina Company, Inc. Glen Ridge, NJ Apr 07, 2014 $85,000
Placement Specialist, Risk Management Marsh USA Inc. New York, NY Nov 25, 2013 $81,700 -
$90,000
Placement Specialist Marsh USA, Inc. New York, NY Feb 16, 2014 $81,700 -
$90,000
Employment, Recruitment, & Placement Specialists Quinnox Inc. Naperville, IL May 25, 2011 $80,080
Placement Specialist Marsh USA Inc. New York, NY Jan 11, 2015 $80,000 -
$125,000
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Dataworkforce LP Frisco, TX Apr 21, 2008 $55,682 -
$93,000
Employment, Recruitment and Placement Specialists The Boston Consulting Group Los Angeles, CA Jan 03, 2011 $55,000 -
$75,000
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Ea Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc. Huntingtown, MD Oct 04, 2010 $54,600 -
$57,330
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Patni Americas Inc. Cambridge, MA Dec 01, 2009 $53,900
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Patni Americas, Inc. Cambridge, MA Oct 01, 2009 $53,900
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Patni Americas Inc. Cambridge, MA Oct 01, 2009 $53,900
Employment, Recruitment, Placement Specialist Logistic Solutions, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Oct 01, 2009 $52,790
Employment Recruitment Placement Specialist Medical Dynamic Systems, Inc. New York, NY Aug 07, 2014 $43,827
Student Placement Specialist University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Fort Smith, AR Nov 01, 2010 $43,500
Recruitment and Placement Specialist CDC Services Inc. Richmond, CA Sep 29, 2009 $43,077
Recruitment & Placement Specialists It Business Management Solutions, Inc. Edison, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $43,000
Recruitment & Placement Specialists It Business Management Solutions, Inc. Edison, NJ Sep 23, 2010 $43,000
Recruitment and Placement Specialist It Business Management Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Sep 07, 2011 $43,000
Recruitment and Placement Specialist It Business Management Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Aug 01, 2011 $43,000
Employment, Recruitment and Placement Specialist Cosmopolitan Staffing Services, LLC. Bridgewater, NJ Dec 09, 2011 $42,387

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  3. Background Checks
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  • Provision of community referrals, educational outreach and job placement assistance to individuals with barriers to employment.
  • Administered assessments, performed background checks, coordinated physical exams, and verified personal/professional references.
  • Utilized placement database* Document verification* Case Management* Check distribution* Customer service
  • Organized successful seminars and job fairs with over one hundred companies in attendance.
  • Case Management *Assist in job search * Conduct mock interviews *Resume critique/building *Provide resources *Community outreach

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