An Employment Specialist is someone who is knowledgeable about employment opportunities and pre-employment preparation for job seekers in a certain field or industry and location.
Similar to Job Coaches and Career Coaches, Employment Specialists start with the end in mind. They help job seekers create a job plan to guide the entire job search experience. The job search is usually a short-term process (between 1 month to 6 months). The length of the job search is usually in direct correlation with the complexity of the job seeker’s conditions / restrictions. For example, a job seeker with a flexible work schedule, no criminal record, minimum experience, reliable transportation, work clothes, one or no job terminations, and no known physical or intellectual disability is more likely to obtain a position within the first two months. Non-personal restrictions / conditions that could increase barriers to employment are ethnicities, ethnic names, geographical location, and community crises. For example, a job seeker named Mohammed would have a harder time convincing a white man or white woman to hire him in a rural or southern community. Another example, a pandemic can shut down certain businesses in communities across a nation, which limits or alleviates job opportunities for some job seekers. To reduce the likelihood of discrimination or pursuing a dead-end job, the Employment Specialist spends time outside of the office building rapport with local employers, participating in networking events hosted by local workforce development organizations, and researching job trends and current events in the news.
Typically, Employment Specialists travel 80% to 90% of their workday due to meeting with clients in public settings where resources are available to conduct their job search process (i.e., public library or school buildings), meeting with employers to establish rapport, attending informational interviews, participating in events hosted by local workforce development organizations, training job seekers on how to use public transportation, transporting jobseekers to local referral-based organizations that provide apparel and accessories for job interviews and work, or providing support during interviews and career fairs.
Some Employment Specialists are employed by a local career services company or a state agency with a vocational rehabilitation program. Other Employment Specialists choose entrepreneurship and own and operate an Employment Services Consulting firm or perform independent contractor assignments. Other known titles for an Employment Specialist include Job Developer and Job Coach. Unlike Job Developers, Employment Specialists do not have to create jobs for job seekers. Unlike Job Coaches, the Employment Specialist is not required to perform on- / off-site job coaching to ensure employee retention for at least the first 90 days of employment. Although the workloads of a Job Coach, Job Developer, and Employment Specialist may overlap, they all have different goals, processes, procedures, and outcomes. To avoid burnout, before you accept a vocational rehabilitation position, clearly understand the scope of your work (including knowing which role you are truly performing: Employment Specialist, Job Developer, or Job Coach).
The salary and required level of education and experience of an Employment Specialist may vary based on the demand for this job. To learn more about the job requirements, salary by state, and similar jobs, visit Salary.com.
Provision Enterprise LLC is an employment services consulting firm that specializes in helping job seekers with a background in Administrative Support obtain remote employment. Our Employment Specialist is the owner, Tish Pope, who is trained in pre-employment services (resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, LinkedIn optimization, travel training, etc.), job coaching (on-/off-site), and job development. For more about Tish Pope or Our Services, click the links.
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