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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

  • $74,000

    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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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 Career Paths

Talent Acquisition Consultant
Senior Recruiter Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Regional Director, Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Recruitment Manager Human Resources Manager
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Recruitment Manager Human Resources Manager
Organizational Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Recruitment Director Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Talent Acquisition
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Staffing Manager Human Resources Business Partner
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Staffing Manager Talent Acquisition Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Staffing Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Supervisor
Employee Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Supervisor Personnel Manager
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Talent Acquisition Partner Talent Acquisition Manager
Talent Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Regional Recruiter Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Regional Recruiter Human Resources Consultant Senior Human Resources Specialist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Regional Recruiter Executive Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Recruiting Lead Senior Corporate Recruiter
Corporate Recruiting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sourcer Technical Recruiter Corporate Recruiter
Manager, Recruitment Operations
6 Yearsyrs
Sourcer Technical Recruiter Staffing Consultant
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Representative Senior Benefits Specialist Senior Human Resources Specialist
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Recruiter 3.0 years
Recruiting Lead 2.4 years
Regional Recruiter 2.3 years
Recruiter 2.1 years
Talent Recruiter 2.0 years
Source Recruiter 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Talent Acquisition Consultant
Recruiter 18.9%
Consultant 2.6%
Top Careers After Talent Acquisition Consultant
Recruiter 23.2%
Consultant 4.4%

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Talent Acquisition Consultant Demographics

Gender

Female

55.8%

Male

34.8%

Unknown

9.4%
Ethnicity

White

61.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.6%

French

12.0%

Portuguese

5.4%

Italian

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

Russian

2.2%

German

2.2%

Swedish

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Dutch

1.1%

Hmong

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Somali

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%

Sindhi

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Danish

1.1%

Afrikaans

1.1%

Finnish

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%
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Talent Acquisition Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.3%

Villanova University

5.6%

University of Maryland - University College

4.9%

University of Texas at Austin

4.9%

Florida State University

4.9%

New York University

4.5%

Michigan State University

4.5%

Illinois State University

4.5%

Temple University

4.5%

Texas State University

4.2%

DePaul University

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

George Washington University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

Central Michigan University

3.8%

University of South Florida

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

University of Connecticut

3.5%

Strayer University

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

32.3%

Human Resources Management

17.0%

Psychology

7.5%

Communication

6.8%

Management

4.8%

Marketing

3.6%

Political Science

3.4%

Counseling Psychology

3.1%

Sociology

2.6%

English

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Accounting

2.1%

Education

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Economics

1.5%

Public Relations

1.5%

Law

1.4%

General Studies

1.3%

Journalism

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.2%

Masters

23.1%

Other

14.3%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$43,000
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$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
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$74,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Talent Acquisition Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Talent Acquisition Consultant in the United States is $74,213 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $43,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $127,000.

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

  1. Recruitment Process
  2. Potential Candidates
  3. Background Checks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted extensive analysis of the existing recruitment process and developed a process to improve hiring practices.
  • Developed recruitment strategy to identify potential candidates by engaging corporate and division leaders in a proactive recruitment strategy.
  • Verified contractor information for background checks.
  • Developed relationships with career placement departments and actively participated in job fairs and internship programs.
  • Performed activities associated with weekly employee payroll.

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