Employment specialists recruit and place workers. So, naturally, a majority of employment in this occupation is located within employment agencies. But, did you know that state government is one of the largest employers in Oregon? In fact, there are approximately 430 business and employment specialists recruiting and placing job seekers in our very own Employment Department each day.
At the Oregon Employment Department, employment specialists are involved in employment and recruitment services, connecting local job seekers to hiring businesses. The Employment Department uses a proprietary database called iMatchSkills® to match job seekers with open job listings. Job seekers register for work and search job listings on the website, www.workinginoregon.org.
In smaller firms, however, the duties of an employment specialist might be found within the job title, human resource specialist, which places this occupation in nearly all industries across Oregon. Current job postings include titles such as human resource clerks, corporate recruiters, and staffing consultants.
Skills Used by Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists
ü Process records and maintain forms and files
ü Publicize and develop job openings
ü Recruit employees
ü Screen applications or resumes
ü Use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling
ü Computer software knowledge
ü Use interviewing techniques
ü Excellent relationship building skills
ü Comfortable in a fast-paced environment
This occupation remained in demand throughout the recession years. Most jobs in this field require a bachelor's degree and related work experience to be competitive. At times, actual work experience in a similar field can be substituted for education. Bachelor's degrees can be found in Human Resource Management or General Personnel Administration. A link to schools can be found in the occupational information center on our website, www.QualityInfo.org.
|Projected Employment Growth From 2010 to 2020 in Business Operations, Oregon|
|Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists||2,532||3,061||20.9%|
|Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes||87||105||20.7%|
|Meeting and Convention Planners||634||765||20.7%|
|Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists, All Other||3,785||4,484||18.5%|
|Training and Development Specialists||2,630||3,088||17.4%|
|Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products||2,220||2,586||16.5%|
|Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products||2,910||3,370||15.8%|
|Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products||425||488||14.8%|
|Business Operations Specialists, All Other||14,258||16,339||14.6%|
|Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists||975||1,114||14.3%|
|Emergency Management Specialists||152||171||12.5%|
|Insurance Appraisers, Vehicle Damage||46||51||10.9%|
|Compliance Officers, Except Agriculture, Construction, Health and Safety, and Transportation||2,325||2,560||10.1%|
|Claims Investigators, Examiners, and Adjusters||2,877||3,142||9.2%|