Recruitment Consultant + £££ + Hospitality Division+ Buckinghamshire

Catabase associates
06 May 2017
05 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Your role will include things like:

  • Amending applicant's CVs
  • Obtaining references
  • Researching
  • Taking incoming calls and questions
  • Maintaining the company database
  • Organising consultant's schedules

By shadowing more experienced staff, you'll learn on the job and pick up valuable knowledge to help you on your career path.

You could work within an employment agency, where you could specialise in recruiting for a particular industry - say, IT or engineering. Or, you could work in-house within the human resources department of a company, and recruit for internal positions.

You could be dealing with permanent, contract and temporary placements, and finding suitable candidates at a range of different levels.

The nitty gritty

Money, money, money

As a trainee consultant your basic salary would range between £15,000 and £20,000 a year.

Once experienced as a consultant your salary could increase to between £25,000 and £45,000, depending on the organisation, plus commission.

The good points...

With more experience comes the opportunity to get more involved, interviewing and selecting candidates and working directly with clients.

...and the bad

Typically, when you first start out you'll be tasked with basic administrative work which can seem tedious……

Is there study involved?

More and more employers are hiring graduates, in particular for executive placements, so a relevant degree would be an advantage. Alternatively, if your degree is in an unrelated subject, there are a number of courses you can take to add to your qualifications.

Experience is always an advantage, even if you've completed temporary or contract work in personnel, sales or an office during your studies.

Joining a large agency, you're likely to find in-house training programmes to give you the skills you need to progress on your career path. These may include a combination of on-the-job training and courses run by the recruitment agency staff themselves. External courses are also popular and plentiful, and are generally run by the industry body Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The REC offers two awards, available through distance learning:

The Foundation Award in Recruitment Practice: Ideal for the first two years in the industry, or if you wish to refresh basic knowledge and skills. If you want to embark on a career in recruitment or set up your own agency, you could also take the Award.

The Certificate in Recruitment Practice: With at least one years' experience, you can go for the Certificate; or if you have less experience, but have studied for A levels/H grades, a degree or equivalent. The REC also offers a range of professional development short courses covering subjects such as sales, interview techniques, employment law, finance and management.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development offers a Certificate in Recruitment and Selection too, available through distance learning, plus a range of professional development short courses in interviewing techniques, employment law and psychometric testing.

An NVQ/SVQ Level 3 in Recruitment Consultancy is another option to think about.

OK, I'm interested... But is it really the job for me?

To be a good trainee/consultant in recruitment, you must:

  • Have good communication skills
  • Be able to gain people's confidence and put them at ease
  • Be persuasive, persistent and patient
  • Look smart
  • Be able to cope with pressure
  • Be flexible and adaptable
  • Have a mature personality
  • Have good organisational and administrative skills
  • Have the ability to prioritise
  • Have good IT skills
  • Be able to work to deadlines

The area’s you will need to cover daily are - Social media networking though Facebook, Twitter, and linkedIn. You will need to update systems daily on Purple Square with the in-house consultant’s daily candidates who have been qualified.