What is a recruitment consultant and what do they do

What is a Recruitment Consultant?

When searching for jobs, you may have come across vacancies for a ‘Recruitment Consultant’ at agencies like Proactive Personnel. But what is a Recruitment Consultant, and could it be the job for you?

Being a Recruitment Consultant involves a lot more than you might at first think. Ultimately, it is the job of a Consultant to source job seekers and match them to suitable jobs. This involves a great deal of relationship-building with both candidates and companies alike.  It is a varied, interesting and often extremely challenging role.

Here at Proactive, our consultants work on a 360 recruitment basis, meaning they follow the full recruitment process, from outbound telesales to companies to discuss recruitment opportunities, right through to the sourcing of candidates and ultimately placing them in a role within those companies.

Does Recruitment Involves Sales?

Yes. Most Recruitment Consultant jobs are centred on selling their recruitment services to companies that are looking to hire staff. Recruitment Agencies are used by businesses to help find the perfect people to fill their vacancies.

What Else is Involved?

Every day is different within a Recruitment Consultant role. Flexibility is key – when you’re working with people, the unexpected often happens! In an average day, as well as making sales calls, visiting clients and building client relationships, a consultant will spend time sourcing candidates, getting to know them and their requirements, conducting interviews with them and matching them to the perfect job. Recruitment administration duties are also an important part of this role.

What is the Career Path for a Recruitment Consultant?

Alongside great earning potential, there are fantastic progression opportunities available in this exciting role. As well as learning highly useful and transferable skills, at Proactive Personnel, we are passionate about recruiting our people at trainee level, then supporting, developing and promoting them from within. Many of our managers started their recruitment careers as trainees and quickly progressed through the company, enjoying excellent company benefits along the way.

What Experience and Skills Do I need?

The main qualities we look for in our Trainee Recruitment Consultants are a passion for people, drive and motivation, coupled with the confidence to dive headfirst into the role. Though many successful consultants have a background in sales, this is by no means a requirement. Some of our senior staff have backgrounds in tourism, semi-professional sports and the beauty industry …to name just a few!

Think this could be the job for you or interested in learning more? We are currently actively recruiting Recruitment Consultants for our Telford and Wrexham branches and we are always interested in receiving CVs from interested individuals in all our 11 branch locations. We hire Trainees and Apprentices, right through to experienced Recruitment Consultants. Get in touch with our team today!