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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

  • $50,000

    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
Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Senior Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Senior Recruiter
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Recruitment Manager Human Resources Business Partner
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Human Resources Consultant
Employee Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Talent Acquisition
11 Yearsyrs
Staffing Consultant Office Manager Administrative Manager
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Staffing Consultant Corporate Recruiter
Corporate Recruiting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Senior Technical Recruiter Talent Acquisition Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Staffing Consultant Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Recruiter Human Resources Consultant
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Benefit Specialist Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Staffing Manager
Talent Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Recruiter Staffing Manager
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Recruiter Senior Technical Recruiter Staffing Manager
Manager, Recruitment Operations
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staffing Manager 2.1 years
Recruiter 2.1 years
Staffing Recruiter 2.0 years
Staffing Assistant 1.7 years
Job Recruiter 1.5 years
Staffing Associate 1.5 years
Top Careers Before Staffing Specialist
Recruiter 9.4%
Cashier 4.7%
Internship 2.7%
Manager 2.5%
Top Careers After Staffing Specialist
Recruiter 16.7%
Cashier 2.5%

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Staffing Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

72.5%

Male

19.9%

Unknown

7.6%
Ethnicity

White

63.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.6%

French

5.3%

Portuguese

3.3%

Italian

2.1%

Russian

1.6%

Tagalog

1.2%

German

1.2%

Hmong

0.8%

Dakota

0.8%

Arabic

0.8%

Telugu

0.4%

Vietnamese

0.4%

Hindi

0.4%

Danish

0.4%

Hawaiian

0.4%

Thai

0.4%

Tamil

0.4%

Cantonese

0.4%

Burmese

0.4%

Carrier

0.4%
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Staffing Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

29.1%

Strayer University

6.3%

Kaplan University

5.8%

Ashford University

4.6%

Michigan State University

4.1%

Purdue University

4.1%

Capella University

4.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

University of Houston

3.5%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.4%

Baker College

3.4%

Liberty University

3.4%

West Virginia University

3.4%

University of Central Florida

3.2%

Webster University

3.2%

Arizona State University

2.9%

George Mason University

2.8%

University of Maryland - University College

2.8%

American InterContinental University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

34.6%

Human Resources Management

16.6%

Psychology

8.1%

Communication

5.2%

Management

3.9%

Marketing

3.0%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Accounting

2.8%

General Studies

2.5%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Sociology

2.4%

Education

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Nursing

2.0%

English

1.7%

Medical Assisting Services

1.5%

Public Relations

1.4%

Counseling Psychology

1.4%

Political Science

1.4%

History

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.5%

Other

21.3%

Masters

15.1%

Associate

11.2%

Certificate

4.6%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.5%
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Staffing Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Staffing Specialist in the United States is $51,012 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $83,000.

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Top Skills for A Staffing Specialist

  1. Payroll
  2. Background Checks
  3. Temporary Associates
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Entered payroll information into system.
  • Performed background checks and evaluated candidates' compatibility specific job requirements.
  • Exercise independent judgment and dissection when identifying candidates for placement and in counseling and termination temporary associates.
  • Fulfilled temporary assignments in the following roles: customer service representative, executive assistant, data processing associate, and receptionist.
  • Recruit personnel for employment Administer skills tests Attend job fairs Safety program manager Locator

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