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What does a Employment Agency Consultant do?

Recruitment consultants help employer clients to recruit staff for job vacancies. Depending on the type of agency they work for, consultants could deal with permanent or temporary work, and vacancies of levels from junior to managerial.

The work involves:

  • communicating with employers - finding out about employers' job requirements, negotiating fees, getting feedback on candidates, and 'cold calling' or marketing their agency's services to potential new employer clients
  • interviewing job seekers and matching them to available jobs - this may involve testing job-seekers' skills and advising them on any further training they may need
  • organisation and administration - drafting and placing job advertisements, arranging and following up interviews, monitoring the progress of candidates placed, keeping records, dealing with all aspects of their workers' pay.
Recruitment consultants working for executive search agencies may also 'headhunt', ie identify and approach suitable candidates for particular jobs.

What's the working environment like working as a Employment Agency Consultant?

Working hours are usually from 8.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Consultants working for specialist agencies may work shifts or have early starts or later finishes.

The work is mainly desk-based. With experience consultants may travel to visit employers. A driving licence is useful.

What does it take to become a Employment Agency Consultant?

To be a recruitment consultant, you should:

  • have good verbal and written communication skills
  • be able to gain people's confidence and put them at their ease
  • be persuasive, persistent and patient
  • have sales skills and be prepared to meet targets
  • have a smart appearance
  • be able to cope with pressure
  • be flexible and adaptable
  • have good organisational and administrative skills.

Employment Agency Consultant Career Opportunities

There are several recruitment agencies in most large towns and cities across the United Kingdom. Most deal with office workers but some agencies specialise, for example in driving or nursing.

Large firms have more clearly defined promotion structures whereas small firms may not have as much scope for promotion. It is possible to be self-employed and run your own agency. Some consultants move into personnel or sales.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Employment Agency Consultant that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)
36-38 Mortimer Street
Tel: 020 7462 3260

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
151 The Broadway
SW19 1JQ
Tel: 020 8612 6200

Kimberley House
47 Vaughn Way
Tel: 0116 251 7979

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