The global recruitment industry is worth more than £300 billion - no wonder so many people want to become recruitment consultants!
But what does a recruitment consultant do? And what does it take to become one? Obviously, we at Hyper Recruitment Solutions know everything there is to know about this field, so let's answer those two questions now.
A recruitment consultant's main role is to match suitable candidates to temporary or permanent positions within client organisations. Recruitment consultants work hard to build positive relationships with companies in order to develop a deep understanding of their hiring needs - this helps them to find the right candidates to fill their clients' vacancies.
After identifying the right candidate for a role, the recruitment consultant will conduct interviews, perform background checks, and ensure that both candidate and employer are a good fit for one another. Recruitment consultants also provide advice to both parties regarding training, salary, and career progression.
What are recruitment consultants' responsibilities? As a recruitment consultant, you act as the crucial link between client companies and potential candidates. A recruiter's responsibilities are therefore varied and challenging. Here are just a few of them:
- Using various marketing, networking, and business development techniques to attract attention from client companies
- Identifying and approaching potential candidates
- Preparing correspondence and documents (such as CVs and references) to send to clients
- Meeting targets related to the number of candidates placed in suitable roles
- Revising recruitment practices to ensure effectiveness in selection techniques and recruitment programmes
Recruitment consultancy roles are often available to all graduates, regardless of subject area (although of course it helps if your degree matches the area in which you would like to recruit - e.g. a science degree may make you more attractive to scientific recruitment agencies).
Rather than looking for specific qualifications or achievements, employers within the recruitment industry tend to use personal ability, skill, and charisma as measures of suitability.
Skills & Abilities
A good recruitment consultant should possess the following skills:
- Problem-solving skills
- Sales and negotiation skills
- Ability to meet targets / deadlines
- Excellent communication / people skills
- Exceptional time management
- Drive and determination
Salary & Working Environment
The average salary for a recruitment consultant is in the range of £22,000 to £28,000 a year, although those in senior positions can earn in excess of £40k per year. Many employers offer some sort of performance-related bonus (even for inexperienced employees) on top of a basic pay package - these bonuses can be set on an individual, team or company-wide basis. A number of other benefits - such as mobile devices, laptops, company cars, social events, and end-of-year rewards - may also be available.
A recruitment consultant's typical working day usually runs from 9am to 5pm, although overtime is not unusual. It is possible to work as a freelance recruitment consultant, but generally not without expert knowledge of a specific field.
Flexible working and career breaks are available within this industry but are uncommon as a result of the role's very active nature. Work is often based within an office setting, but travelling and outside work are common as a result of regular interviews and meetings.
Hopefully this gives you a good overview of what recruitment consultants do. Would you like to work for Hyper Recruitment Solutions and become a recruitment consultant? Use the link below to find out how!
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