Career Center Career Specialist
The career specialist is the main artery of the career center's central nervous system; we can't survive without them. After all, our clients look to us to solve employment issues, which is the career specialist's role. The career specialist provides career, vocational, and professional development supports by working directly with clients and employers to reach the career center's goals through; consistent communication, marketing, networking, job matching & retention services.
The career specialist will support the career center by effectively developing working relationships with clients, client support systems, referring companies, funding agencies, businesses, and community resources. The career specialist is the initial point of contact as they market our services to potential clients, funding sources, and participate in events to increase business. Utilizing interpersonal, networking, and strong written and oral communication and marketing skills, the career specialist will work with stakeholders, companies, and community resources to meet employment-related goals. They also help guide all prospective clients by completing the application process and determining the prospect's eligibility for program services.
One of the career specialists' paramount roles is developing relationships with employers to assess their hiring needs and fill their open positions. The career specialist builds, markets, and positions the career center by locating, developing, defining, negotiating, and closing business relationships. They take essential measures to maintain these business relationships by consistent and thoughtful engagement.
Simultaneously, the career specialist develops and maintains positive relationships with employers and clients to provide excellent matching to open positions based on both parties' needs. Their goal is to help the career center's clients reach their employment goals outlined in the client's plan. It is not by simply placing them in a job but by matching them with the best employment opportunity to meet both party's long-term objectives.
The career specialist will support our clients to develop strategies for improving employability by assessing current assets and liabilities and employing stratagems required to achieve desired outcomes. They will evaluate client progress, troubleshoot career issues, and develop employment strategies. They will help clients recognize positive short-term strides and progress while helping them reach their long-term goals. They will complete assessments and work with the client through the enrollment process to accomplish this. If the client requires additional training or services before placement support, the career specialist will make the appropriate referrals and requests.
The career specialist is required to meet monthly and annual placement goals and objectives. They must sustain client and employer satisfaction and ensure the career center progresses towards its ambitions. They will ensure the career center operates efficiently and effectively while remaining compliant with contractual agreements, funding guidelines, program objectives, quality assurance, and service design. The career specialist will achieve this through conducting monthly follow-up calls and events, including the job club. They will manage program services by assisting clients with needs, completing appropriate documentation, ensuring compliance with funding sources, and coordinating services with staff and other stakeholders.