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Working As A Staffing 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

  • $58,350

    Average Salary

What Does A Staffing 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 Staffing 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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Staffing Specialist Career Paths

Staffing Specialist
Human Resource Specialist Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Corporate Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Senior Corporate Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Director Of Talent Acquisition
12 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Project Manager Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Branch Manager General Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Head Of Human Resources
9 Yearsyrs
Recruitment Manager Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Supervisor
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resource Specialist Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Human Resources Analyst Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Recruiter/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Senior Technical Recruiter Staffing Consultant
Human Resources Staffing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Executive Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Branch Manager Account Executive Technical Recruiter
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Senior Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Specialist 2.5 years
Regional Recruiter 2.3 years
Staffing Manager 2.1 years
Staffing Recruiter 2.1 years
Recruiter 2.1 years
Staffing Assistant 1.7 years
Staffing Associate 1.4 years
Junior Recruiter 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Recruiter 10.2%
Internship 2.5%
Manager 2.4%
Cashier 2.3%
Top Employers After
Recruiter 16.3%

Staffing Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

78.9%

Male

20.2%

Unknown

1.0%
Ethnicity

White

80.3%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

French

5.8%

Portuguese

2.9%

Dakota

2.3%

Russian

1.7%

Italian

1.7%

Hmong

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Japanese

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Telugu

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Mandarin

0.6%

Danish

0.6%

Hawaiian

0.6%

Thai

0.6%

Tamil

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%

Serbian

0.6%
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Staffing Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.9%

Ashford University

5.6%

Capella University

5.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.8%

Kaplan University

4.8%

Liberty University

4.5%

Strayer University

4.5%

Michigan State University

4.2%

West Virginia University

4.0%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

Temple University

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

Webster University

3.7%

Troy University

3.4%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.4%

Ball State University

3.4%

Purdue University

3.2%

Baker College

3.2%

Northeastern University

3.2%

Grand Canyon University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

34.4%

Human Resources Management

16.7%

Psychology

8.5%

Communication

5.1%

Management

4.6%

Marketing

3.1%

Accounting

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Nursing

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Sociology

2.1%

General Studies

2.1%

Political Science

1.8%

English

1.7%

Counseling Psychology

1.7%

Public Relations

1.4%

Legal Support Services

1.4%

History

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.6%

Other

22.3%

Masters

15.6%

Associate

9.8%

Certificate

4.7%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Staffing Specialist

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Top Staffing Specialist Skills

  1. Weekly Payroll
  2. Background Checks
  3. Outstanding Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Process weekly payroll for specific group of clients.
  • Coordinated the technical interviews and background checks for the candidates.
  • Develop and retain business by providing outstanding customer service.
  • Conduct daily face to face interviews, Organize and participate in job fairs and networking events in the community.
  • Facilitate employee safety training, participate in monthly topic selection and provide background technical setup and support for online training platform.

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