A job development specialist is a person who helps other people find jobs and succeed in the workforce. When certain companies have limitations that may exclude certain people with disadvantages of some kind, a job development specialist will work with that company to edit their policies, so the disadvantaged applicant will have a fair chance at getting a job within that company. A job development specialist will look for tasks for individuals to complete that could get them considered for an official position at a company.
The job development specialist will have meetings with supervisors at facilities to discuss areas within that company that could benefit from hiring unemployed individuals. Many job development specialists will help potential employees of a company form a resume and a cover letter to maximize their chances of getting hired. Most work is done indoors in an office setting, working with clients from all walks of life.
When it comes to education, job development specialists generally need to have master’s degree in social work, psychology, or a related field. It is commonplace for a potential job development specialist to have to perform at least 2,000 hours of supervised work. In some areas, it is also to be expected for a job development specialist to be an intern before working on their own. Depending on the geographical location, a potential job development specialist may need to have a local license.
Job Development Specialist Tasks
Work with employers to accommodate job-seekers, arranging for additional training for candidates and resolving problems.
Assist job-seekers in identifying their skills and provide coaching on applications, resumes and interviews.
Help disadvantaged job-seekers find jobs by matching their skills with open positions.
Advertise program to potential employers and actively search for job openings.