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Recruitment consultancy

A recruitment consultant acts as a link between employers looking to recruit staff and people seeking employment. They will typically work with a number of clients and candidates, building relationships with them in order to get a better insight into their needs and requirements.

In order to generate business consultants will spend a large proportion of their time selling their services, often through cold calling. Once business has been won consultants will then manage part or all of the recruitment process, from vacancy advertising, CV short listing, interviewing and managing offers of employment. Recruitment consultants tend to specalise in a particular sector eg working with finance or marketing professionals, and take responsibility for all activities in a defined geographical area.

In-house recruiter roles also exist. The role differs from other recruitment consultant roles mainly because it does not have such a strong sales focus. In-house recruiters take responsibility for recruiting individuals in their own organisation. Daily activities include developing job descriptions and personal specifications, shortlisting, interviewing candidates and working with external recruitment agencies.

Getting into the role

Recruitment consultancy is a role generally open to graduates regardless of degree subject. Employers will be looking for you to have the right skills and experiences and the ability looking for your ability to sell, negotiate and build relationships with others.

  • Experience of sales, marketing or customer service roles will be advantageous. as they will help demonstrate that you have the relevant skills. Use Careerslink to search for relevant part-time work or internships.
  • Becoming involved in students' societies or teams will also show you have the ability to build relationships.
  • Read industry specific journals such as Recruiter to become more commercially aware. Back issues of this journal are available in the Careers Library.

Vacancy sources

  • Careerslink Careers Service database. Search for graduate jobs, work experience and volunteering opportunities.
  • TARGET Jobs Find graduate jobs and internships.
  • People Management Search for vacancies by type.
  • Simply HR Jobs Search recruitment roles via location and salary.
  • Changeboard Search for a range of different recruitment roles.