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          Helping you find a career in the recruitment consultant industry

          Recruitment consultants are responsible for attracting candidates for vacancies that are best suited to their abilities in temporary or permanent positions.

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          • FAQs
          What does a Recruitment consultant do?

          The role involves:

          • Using sales, business development, marketing strategies and networking to attract business from client companies
          • Visiting clients to build and develop positive relationships with them
          • Developing a good understanding of client companies, e.g. their industry, their function, work culture and environment
          • Advertising vacancies by drafting and placing adverts in a range of media, e.g. newspapers, websites and magazines
          • Using social media to advertise positions and attract candidates
          • Headhunting
          • Using candidate databases to match candidates to appropriate jobs
          • Receiving and reviewing applications, running interviews and tests
          • Requesting references
          • Briefing candidates about the responsibilities of the role, salary and benefits
          • Preparing CVs and correspondence ready to forward on to clients
          • Organising interviews
          • Providing unsuccessful candidates with feedback via telephone.
          • Negotiating pay and salary between clients and candidates
          • Working towards and exceeding targets
          • Reviewing recruitment policies to ensure that you are attracting the correct candidates using a selection of techniques and recruitment programmes
          What skills and interests should an Recruitment consultant have?
          • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
          • Great sales and negotiation skills
          • Goal and target driven
          • An ability to multitask
          • Problem-solving abilities
          • The ability to meet tight deadlines
          • Determination
          • Confidence and self-motivation
          • Great time management skills
          • Creativity
          What hours does a Recruitment consultant typically do?

          Typical work hours are 9am to 5pm, but early starts and evenings can be expected.

          What environment is a Recruitment consultant based in?

          Typically you will work in an office.

          How much does a Recruitment consultant travel?

          Travel within the working day is not uncommon as you may be required to meet with clients.

          How much does a Recruitment consultant get paid?

          Trainee recruitment consultants typically start on an annual salary of £15,000 to £20,000. The average salary for a recruitment consultant is around £22,000 to £28,000, with senior consultants earning between £28,000 and £35,000.

          Managers with 10 to 15 years experience can earn £40,000+.

          With bonuses and commission included, the total average salary can increase to £38,000 for consultants and £60,000+ for managers.

          Perks & benefits
          • Bonuses or commission
          • Training
          • A company car
          • Mobile phones
          • Laptops
          • Pension schemes
          • Team drinks
          • Social functions
          • End-of-year rewards
          What qualifications does a Recruitment consultant need?

          A degree of any discipline is the minimum requirement for a recruitment consultants roles.

          Useful subjects to study at school & university
          • English
          • Business
          • Business Management
          • Media
          • Communications
          Further reading

          Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
          Recruitment & Employment Confederation