What does an Employment Specialist do?

An employment specialist is responsible for matching job applicants to a specific job that suits their talents. They are responsible for ensuring that the candidate has the right skills for the job. A few of the main duties of an employment specialist are testing the skills of the job candidates, conducting mock interviews, helping candidates with their resume, and monitor job retention. They also have to work with employers to match their job openings. Some of the jobs titles that an employment specialist could grow into are HR manager and office manager.

An employment specialist does not need to have any experience but should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. One of the most important skills that an employment specialist will have is their ability to match applicant with job openings. Another skill is organization as the employment specialist will need to keep everything in line. They also need to be able to effectively communicate with potential employees to find their skills.

What responsibilities are common for Employment Specialist jobs?
  • Match job openings to job candidates
  • Monitor job retention rate
  • Work with employers to understand their needs
  • Work with candidates to understand their skill set
  • Administer skill tests to candidates
  • Conduct mock interviews
  • Revise resumes to help the candidate find a job
  • Recommend training to job candidates
What are the typical qualifications for Employment Specialist jobs?
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Great communication skills
  • Top notch organizational skills
  • Ability to conduct mock interviews
  • Resume writing skills
  • Ability to match candidates with job openings
  • Proficiency working with Microsoft suite
  • Strong english speaking skills
  • Ability to collaborate with employers and candidates
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 year

How much does an Employment Specialist make?

$48,044 /yr
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Employment Specialist Career Path

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Employment Specialist
Senior Employment Specialist
Employment Specialist

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5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Employment Specialist Insights

Read what Employment Specialist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Onboarding Manager
Jan 5, 2022

“Great work life balance and I never really felt too stressed or overwhelmed at the job”

Jobs StatewideJobs Statewide
Employment Consultant
Feb 17, 2022

“Good way to get an introduction into the industry and probably quick career progression if you're willing to stay there”

Employment Branding
Aug 31, 2021

“This was not my only job this summer and the team was incredible about working with and respecting my schedule.”

MRS ElectronicMRS Electronic
General Employment
Nov 28, 2022

“This company is one of the best company I have ever worked for the Manager treat us equal no racist”

International Rescue CommitteeInternational Rescue Committee
Employment Specialist
Jan 21, 2021

“I was given many professional development opportunities (often because I was given tasks outside my job description).”

The Arc of MonroeThe Arc of Monroe
Employment Specialist
Oct 26, 2022

“Job Path is a great program to help people with disabilities gain success with work.”

RAMP No LimitsRAMP No Limits
Employment Specialist
Oct 28, 2022

“Being able to help people within the communities we serve is a very rewarding piece of the career.”

Preferred Family HealthcarePreferred Family Healthcare
Employment Specialist
Jun 28, 2021

“I don't feel you receive enough training or support for such an important role.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an Employment Specialist

When working as an Employment Specialist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, Microsoft Office Suite, Written Communication, Urgency, and Microsoft Outlook.

The most similar professions to Employment Specialist are:
  • HR Manager
  • HR Consultant
  • HR Generalist
  • HR Business Partner

The most common qualifications to become an Employment Specialist include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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