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Become A Talent Acquisition Consultant

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Working As A Talent Acquisition 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

  • $58,350

    Average Salary

What Does A Talent Acquisition 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 Talent Acquisition 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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Talent Acquisition Consultant jobs

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Talent Acquisition Consultant Career Paths

Talent Acquisition Consultant
Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Human Resources Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Talent Acquisition Manager
Director Of Talent Acquisition
12 Yearsyrs
Talent Acquisition Partner Talent Acquisition Manager Senior Human Resources Manager
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Talent Acquisition Manager Senior Manager Marketing Director
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Owner Property Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Head Of Human Resources
9 Yearsyrs
Branch Manager General Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Talent Acquisition Business Developer Senior Recruiter
Human Resources Recruiter/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
7 Yearsyrs
Branch Manager Account Manager Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Development Manager Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Senior Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Acquisitions Manager Account Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Talent Acquisition Managing Director
Senior Recruiter
8 Yearsyrs
Acquisitions Manager Business Developer Senior Recruiter
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Owner Site Manager Technical Recruiter
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Executive Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Recruiter 3.0 years
Field Recruiter 2.6 years
Recruiting Lead 2.4 years
Search Consultant 2.4 years
Talent Recruiter 2.3 years
Regional Recruiter 2.3 years
Recruiter 2.1 years
Staffing Recruiter 2.1 years
National Recruiter 1.9 years
Source Recruiter 1.6 years
Junior Recruiter 1.3 years
Top Employers Before
Recruiter 17.8%
Top Employers After
Recruiter 23.2%
Consultant 4.2%

Talent Acquisition Consultant Demographics

Gender

Female

59.6%

Male

38.3%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

78.7%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.0%

French

10.0%

Portuguese

3.8%

Japanese

3.8%

Italian

3.8%

Chinese

2.5%

German

2.5%

Mandarin

2.5%

Korean

2.5%

Swedish

1.3%

Hebrew

1.3%

Somali

1.3%

Finnish

1.3%

Danish

1.3%

Russian

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Hindi

1.3%

Hmong

1.3%

Sindhi

1.3%
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Talent Acquisition Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.3%

Pennsylvania State University

7.3%

Michigan State University

6.2%

Villanova University

6.2%

University of Texas at Austin

5.6%

Central Michigan University

5.6%

University of Maryland - University College

5.1%

New York University

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

San Jose State University

4.0%

Texas State University

4.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.0%

Webster University

4.0%

Northwestern University

3.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.4%

Temple University

3.4%

Florida State University

3.4%

George Mason University

3.4%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.4%

DePaul University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

29.3%

Human Resources Management

16.2%

Psychology

8.1%

Communication

7.2%

Management

4.7%

Political Science

4.0%

Marketing

4.0%

Counseling Psychology

3.4%

Criminal Justice

2.8%

English

2.6%

Sociology

2.3%

Finance

2.1%

Accounting

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Economics

1.9%

Journalism

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Public Relations

1.5%

Law

1.4%

History

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.5%

Masters

25.2%

Other

13.8%

Associate

5.1%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Talent Acquisition Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Talent Acquisition Consultant State Street Bank and Trust Company New York, NY Jan 02, 2014 $100,000 -
$115,000
Mergers and Acquisitions Consultant Mercer (Us) Inc. New York, NY Sep 10, 2013 $83,900 -
$105,000
Consultant, Acquisition Discover Products Inc. Riverwoods, IL Dec 23, 2013 $83,000 -
$101,000
Mergers and Acquisitions Consultant Mercer (Us) Inc. New York, NY Sep 09, 2014 $82,700 -
$105,000
Consultant, Acquisition Discover Products Inc. Riverwoods, IL Aug 19, 2014 $58,822 -
$92,500
Consultant, Acquisition Discover Products Inc. Riverwoods, IL Oct 01, 2014 $58,822 -
$103,100

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Top Skills for A Talent Acquisition Consultant

RecruitmentStrategiesFullCycleRecruitmentBackgroundChecksLinkedinRecruiterRecruitmentProcessFullLifeCycleTaleoCustomerServiceInternalDatabaseATSFinancialJobFairsPayrollHumanResourcesDiversityJobBoardsHighVolumeHealthcareBusinessPartnersPassiveCandidates

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Top Talent Acquisition Consultant Skills

  1. Recruitment Strategies
  2. Full Cycle Recruitment
  3. Background Checks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Focused on diversity recruitment strategies and influenced leaders' consideration of diverse talent.
  • Provided full cycle recruitment to optimize the client and associate experience, and drive business results.
  • Administer skill assessments and conduct background checks.
  • Fill positions nationwide utilizing various sourcing techniques (i.e., Indeed, LinkedIn Recruiter, Monster, etc.
  • Designed EA (efficiency and acceptance) metrics including success factors to measure the newly implemented recruitment process and strategy.

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