Career Story: Job Placement Specialist At A Community College

Job Placement Specialist At A Community College

Job Title: Job Placement Specialist, Career Services

Type of Company: I currently work at a community college in the western suburbs of Chicago. The college serves students, alumni and local residents.

Education: BS, Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago •• MS, Human Resources Management, Loyola University of Chicago

Previous Experience: I worked for about two years at a non-profit organization assisting adults with disabilities in their job search endeavors, followed by about five years working in private sector human resources departments doing generalist work, involving mainly staffing and employee relations.

Job Tasks: I provide guidance to adults who are looking for a job or who need help in making career decisions. They include current students and alumni of the college and local area residents.

Many of my clients are immigrants who are attempting to enter the job market for the first time or move up from a menial level job. Some are working on completing their GEDs or high school equivalency requirements through special adult high school programs. Others are mid-career job changers, adults with many years of experience making a career change either by choice or because they've recently lost their jobs. Still others are traditional college students or recent alumni trying to get their "foot in the door" somewhere.

Examples of assistance I provide include resume and cover letter writing; interviewing preparation; tips on finding job leads; help in filling out online applications, uploading documents, etc., as well as utilizing career exploration software to learn about career options. We use "Career Cruising" to help students discover career choices available to them. This software contains career assessment tools and in-depth career descriptions including job duties, earnings, education required, related jobs, etc.

Other aspects of my position include maintaining relationships with local employers and encouraging them to send job leads to us, participate in our annual job fair and conduct interviews on campus. Our career services department also participates in many campus events to ensure that students, staff and faculty know of our services and how to contact us.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job really is the variety of work involved. I work with a diverse group of adults with varied and wide-ranging needs. I also enjoy the outreach component of my work, which includes presentations in classrooms, libraries and other off-campus locations.

I guess the worst part is seeing my clients become distressed or frustrated as they deal with multiple rejections in a tight job market.

Job Tips: I entered my profession after starting in human resources and using this as a springboard into career counseling. This is not the only way go though and a degree in human resources, counseling, career counseling or something closely related is usually required. Very important is the desire to help people meet their goals, as is being resourceful, creative and a good problem solver. Most important is being a good listener in order to correctly understand and address each client's needs.

Popular Schools offering Human Resources Programs

quickinfoClick the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .

Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school

Matching School Ads

The Forbes School of Business® combines the power and flexibility of online learning with high-quality, topical Forbes content.

  • Programs: BA Human Resources Management, MBA - Human Resources Management, MBA - Business Economics, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master
California College San Diego
National City, San Diego, San Marcos

The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

  • Programs: Business Administration - Human Resources (BS), Business Administration - Property Management (BS), Business Administration (BS)
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Change the World with American University

Be a part of something bigger than yourself.

  • Programs: Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Mangement , Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management
  • Degrees: Certificate, Master

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: MS Organizational Leadership - Human Resources Management, Human Resources Management - PhD in Bus. Admin., Human Resources Management - D.B.A., more...
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate, Bachelor

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners.

  • Programs: Bachelors in Human Resource Management, Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management, Master - Human Resource Management, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Certificate, Master

Since 1888, The University of Scranton has grounded its education in Catholic and Jesuit principles based on intellectual growth and integrity, all of which shape the online master’s and certificate programs.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Human Resources, MBA - Human Resources , Master of Business Administration, more...
  • Degrees: Master
Platt College
Alhambra, Ontario, Riverside

Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

  • Programs: Business Management
  • Degrees: Associate

You can advance your career with a degree from Charter College Online.

  • Programs: Certificate - Business Office Administration
  • Degrees: Certificate

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Programs: Human Resource Management (MS), Business Administration - Human Resource Management (BS) (Online), Business Administration (BS), more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor, Associate
National Career College
Panorama City

Choosing a school and a new career path can be a very overwhelming process.

  • Programs: Business Management and Accounting
  • Degrees: Associate
Matching School Ads
You are visiting:

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

Back to Top