How to Become a Recruitment Consultant

Become a Recruitment Consultant

In our review of different careers, we take a look at how to become a recruitment consultant.  We also look at what a recruitment consultant does and what skills and attributes it takes to become a recruitment consultant.

What Does a Recruitment Consultant Do?

As a recruitment consultant, your role is to find suitable employees for your clients to work in temporary and permanent job roles.  Your clients might approach you because they have a high level of staff to recruit but don't have the resources to do it,  or because they can't find a suitable applicant themselves.

Day to day, being a recruitment consultant entails tasks such as discussing job vacancies with prospective employers and advertising the position, going through database of workers to see if you have any who may match the requirements for jobs you have, advertising jobs, cold-calling potential clients, short-listing candidates for employers to interview, meeting your recruitment agencies targets and keeping records of clients.

Being a recruitment consultant is usually  and 9am until 5pm job, Monday to Friday.  You might sometimes be required to work on a Saturday or work out of hours to interview job candidates.  The work is also office based, although you may spend some time out of the office visiting clients.

Is Becoming a Recruitment Consultant Right For Me?

To work as a successful recruitment consultant, you will need the following skills and attributes.

  • Excellent communication skills
  • A confident and professional manner
  • Good negotiation and sales skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • IT skills
  • The ability to work well in a team

How Much Can a Recruitment Consultant Earn?

The starting salary for a recruitment consultant is usually between £16,000 and £20,000 a year.  With experience, this can rise to anywhere between £20,000 and £40,000 a year.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a Recruitment Consultant?

There are no qualifications required to become a recruitment consultant.  A priority for becoming a recruitment consultant is that you have sales skills, customer service skills and are able to communicate well with people, and any relevant experience that shows you have these skills is enough to get you the job.