Recruitment consultants are hired by client companies to interest candidates and match them to temporary or permanent positions with specific employment requirements. Attracting candidates through use of advertising, networking, headhunting, and referrals, recruitment consultants then screen and interview candidates, do background checks, and lastly match the top contenders to their clients. Consultants also provide counsel to clients and candidates on various issues including wages and career progression.
Recruitment consultants need a solid understanding of the companies and clients they work for in order to find the best candidates possible. Company aims and structure, individuals in senior positions, and working conditions are each important factors in deciding who will fill open positions. A background in sales is helpful in a recruitment position to sell jobs to candidates, and sell candidates to clients. Once an offer of employment is accepted, a recruitment consultant earns a commission.
A recruitment consultant has many responsibilities. They identify staffing requirements from client companies, build knowledge of clients and client's loyalty, meet targets, create advertising, find and interview candidates, recruit new graduates, check references, arrange interview details with clients, provide counsel to clients and candidates, prepare job offers, and make suggestions.
- Excellent communication skills to give clear explanations and be convincing
- Highly motivated to work in a stressful environment to tight deadlines
- Ability to find and research individuals and positions
- Administrative or clerical skills