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Job Title - Recruitment Consultant


A Recruitment Consultants receives details of vacancies from the client and advertises to attract a pool of applicants.

Typical Job Activities

Makes cold calls to get new business from client companies
Builds a detailed knowledge of the characteristics and specific needs of their client
Meets targets set by their consultancy of vacancies taken on, and vacancies filled successfully
Builds up the client’s loyalty to their agency by providing a good service
Drafts advertising to attract applicants of the right standard
Chooses appropriate candidates from the applications received
Keeps a record of applicants on the agency’s books in case of other similar vacancies
Interviews candidates and check candidates’ references
Provides a shortlist of candidates to the client and if necessary ‘sell’ the candidates chosen
Briefs candidates about what to expect at interview and what their role will involve at the client company
Arranges practical details for interviews to take place
Negotiates the agency’s fees with the client
Provides advice to both clients and candidates about pay rates, training and career progression in their sector
Makes suggestions to the client company to help them attract candidates with particular skills or attributes in the future 

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Related Occupations

Career guidance worker
Human resources manager
Job Development Specialist 

Educational Requirements

Recruitment, including human resources, marketing, and public relations. However, recruitment consultancies welcome candidates from a range of backgrounds and there are no qualifications that are essential to becoming a Recruitment Consultant.

The qualifications required to be a Recruitment Consultant vary according to the nature and size of the company. In general, employers require a good standard of education (GCSES and A Levels) and a desire to work towards a related qualification. The Certificate in HR Administration or the Certificate in Personnel Practice from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development are both useful qualifications to work towards. 

Other relevant qualifications include a BTECH HNC/HND in human resource management, business management, or even psychology. Some graduates with a degree in a non-related subject choose to take a post-graduate qualification in human resources management which, whilst not essential, can be an advantage for more competitive human resources roles.

Compulsory subjects: Languages
Recommended subjects: None

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Have to be a peoples’ person
Be a good negotiator
Be fair
Have to be empathic and understanding
Be a good listener
Have to be a good communicator (write, read and speak)
Have to be open minded
Have to be a hard worker

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Possible Employers

Big private companies
Medium or small Companies
Own small business: Entrepreneurial opportunities in this field
Self-employed: Consultant

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Relevant Contact Details

BMT College

Oxbridge Academy


College SA

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Experience in related fields
Do presentations, seminars or publish articles
General management studies

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field
Management positions in related fields
Own business

Employment Stability

Highly stable

Reasons to consider this career

A job in government
A job in private companies
To start my own business
A stable job
To become a manager
To be of service to people
To work with languages
To work with people
To face intellectual challenges
To work internationally
To work fixed hours