What does a Recruitment Consultant do?

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a Recruitment Consultant? Don’t worry about it, we have all the answers here.

To make it super simple, a Recruitment Consultant helps employers to find and recruit staff to join their business, this is usually because the employer is too busy to do it themselves, or they don’t have the network of candidates that recruiters have. Recruiters also help people find suitable jobs for them; they can advise and support job seekers along their journey of finding a new job.

We’re going to deep dive into the world of a Recruitment Consultant, so buckle in and get your reading glasses on.

Understanding the role of a Recruitment Consultant.

A Recruitment Consultant plays a critical role in securing talent for organisations and businesses. Working as an intermediary between job seekers and companies, consultants use their understanding of their labour market to match people with suitable jobs, while helping employers find the right candidates for them. By staying up to date on the latest employment trends and candidate needs, they can also provide valuable insights and advice that can help businesses make well-informed decisions when it comes to hiring.

In this article we’re going to explore the responsibilities of a Recruitment Consultant, what it takes to become one, and how they can help businesses meet their staffing demands.

Why use a Recruitment Consultant?

A Recruitment Consultant is most effective when they have a well-developed understanding of the industry, this is what makes them so valuable. They also possess an in-depth knowledge of various interviewing techniques to allow them to get the most out of candidate interviews so that employers can make informed decisions about potential hires. Ultimately, they can match qualified people with the right job openings, this saves the employer time and ensures they get the right candidates for the job.

Developing and maintaining clients and candidates.

An essential part of the job is maintaining and growing relationships with both employers and potential employees. They must strive to understand the needs of their clients - whether that’s employers looking for candidates or job seekers looking for their ideal position. To do this, they should be armed with in-depth knowledge of their industry, current employment trends, and evolving candidate requirements. They also need to have strong communication skills so that they can effectively communicate with clients and build strong relationships.

Writing job descriptions and working to fill vacancies.

Recruiters are responsible for writing job descriptions and briefs that accurately reflect the details of a role. They create these documents in order to effectively source candidates, gain insights into the requirements of potential employees, and streamline the recruitment process. Once this is done, consultants will be able to use job boards, such as Total Jobs and CV Library, social networking sites and candidate databases in order to find suitable candidates for their roles.

Searching, screening and interviewing candidates.

A key part of the Recruitment Consultant’s job is to carry out searches for potential candidates, screen applications and interview candidates. When searching for the right candidates, consultants should consider factors such as experience, education, required skillsets and a culture fit. Screening of applications may involve calling and/or interviewing successful applicants in order to gain a better understanding of their professional suitability for a vacancy. Interviews also allow consultants to fully explain the nature of a role to potential candidates and allows them to ask questions.

How much does a Recruitment Consultant earn?

A Trainee Recruitment Consultant can expect to earn around £18,000 - £23,000 per year for a basic salary. Once they have experience, consultants can earn upwards of £30,000, this can easily reach to £70,000 is very senior positions.

They usually always get commission alongside their basic salary. This is varied from business to business, but they have incentive-based bonuses and trips alongside commission. Recruiters often get a whole load of benefits too, such as trips away, mental health benefits and flexible working.

Do you want to know more about the role? 

If you would like to know more about what it’s like to work as a Recruitment Consultant, you can visit our Join Us page, or you can chat to our Internal Recruiter, Cheryl.

We’re always looking for talented new recruiters to join us, we’re growing fast and it’s not about it stop anytime soon, so join us.

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17th February

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