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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

  • $64,994

    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
Senior Technical Recruiter Staffing Consultant Client Program Supervisor
Client Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Corporate Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Branch Manager Human Resources Coordinator Recruitment Manager
Director Of Talent Acquisition
11 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Branch Manager Recruitment Manager
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Business Partner
Head Of Human Resources
9 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Human Resources Assistant Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Generalist/Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Recruiter
Human Resources Recruiter/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Staffing Manager Senior Technical Recruiter Staffing Consultant
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Executive Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Senior Recruiter Executive Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Recruitment Manager Talent Acquisition Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Operations Manager Branch Manager
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Senior Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager
Talent Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Specialist 2.5 years
Staffing Manager 2.2 years
Staffing Recruiter 2.0 years
Staffing Assistant 1.7 years
Staffing Associate 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Recruiter 10.2%
Teller 3.4%
Internship 2.7%
Manager 2.6%
Top Employers After
Recruiter 17.0%

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Staffing Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

79.4%

Male

19.6%

Unknown

1.0%
Ethnicity

White

63.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.3%

French

6.2%

Portuguese

2.5%

Russian

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

Hmong

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Japanese

1.2%

Dakota

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%

Serbian

0.6%

Comanche

0.6%
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Staffing Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.8%

Ashford University

5.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.3%

Kaplan University

5.3%

Capella University

5.0%

Michigan State University

4.5%

Strayer University

4.5%

West Virginia University

4.2%

Liberty University

4.2%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

Troy University

3.6%

Ball State University

3.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.3%

University of Houston

3.3%

Purdue University

3.3%

Grand Canyon University

3.3%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.3%

Temple University

3.1%

George Mason University

3.1%

University of Central Florida

3.1%
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Majors

Business

34.7%

Human Resources Management

16.6%

Psychology

8.5%

Communication

5.0%

Management

4.5%

Marketing

3.2%

Accounting

2.8%

General Studies

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Education

2.3%

Nursing

2.2%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.2%

Sociology

2.0%

English

1.8%

Counseling Psychology

1.8%

Political Science

1.6%

Public Relations

1.4%

Legal Support Services

1.3%

History

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.9%

Other

22.2%

Masters

16.0%

Associate

10.2%

Certificate

4.6%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Staffing Specialist

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  1. Payroll
  2. Background Checks
  3. Temporary Associates
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted with all clerical responsibilities including payroll and auditing.
  • Perform professional and educational references as well as background checks on selected candidates.
  • Trained and presented counseling to temporary associates to assure quality performance and job satisfaction.
  • Fulfilled temporary assignments in the following roles: customer service representative, executive assistant, data processing associate, and receptionist.
  • Coordinated and scheduled new hire and transfer orientations, background checks and drug screens to effectively on-board new hires.

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