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Recruitment Consultant

Assess candidates to establish their job requirements and eligibility for particular roles, and help employers find suitable staff.

What's it like to be a Recruitment Consultant?

Recruitment Consultants are responsible for attracting candidates and matching them to jobs with client organisations.

Tasks and duties

  • Arranging for advertising of job vacancies in a wide range of media.
  • Headhunting, networking, and using CV searching techniques to find relevant candidates.
  • Reviewing and assessing CVs and preparing them for submission to clients.
  • Managing interviews, screening candidates and running background checks.
  • Creating a shortlist of candidates for the client.
  • Briefing candidates about the responsibilities, salary and benefits of the job in question.
  • Undertaking negotiations on terms and conditions of employment.
  • Developing a good understanding of client companies, their industry, what they do and their work culture and environment.
  • Negotiating pay and salary rates and finalising arrangements between client and candidates.
  • Maintaining personnel records and associated human resource information systems.

As a Recruitment Consultant you’ll work with candidates, helping to guide them through the interview process and assessing their suitability for particular roles. You’ll also work closely with employers to gain a better understanding of their recruitment requirements and help them to find suitable employees.

What can I earn as a Recruitment Consultant?

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NSW
VIC
WA
QLD
TAS
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NT
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The most common salary for a Recruitment Consultant is between $50k and $60k
Source: SEEK job ads

How to become a Recruitment Consultant

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There are no formal qualifications to become a Recruitment Consultant and most agencies offer on-the-job training.
  1. Gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.
  2. Complete qualifications, such as a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course, or a tertiary qualification in business, finance, law, human resource management, behavioural science, psychology or a related field at university.
  3. Alternatively, complete training offered by the Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association Australia & New Zealand (RCSA), which is the peak body for the recruitment and staffing industry in Australia and New Zealand.

What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Written skills
  • Construction
  • Recruitment experience
  • Self motivation
  • Initiative

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Ms office proficiency
  • People management
  • Administration
  • Time management
  • Human resources
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How do Recruitment Consultants rate their role?

Latest reviews from 56 Recruitment Consultants surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.7
Job satisfaction
3.9
Career progression opportunities
3.7
Job security
3.6
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
3.8

Latest reviews

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Negative
Dec 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Business and Commerce
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Accounting
The good things
Recruitment is fast paced and you need to be proactive as well as resilient Good things: - Account management gives you the opportunity to deal with many different types of stakeholders at various le...
The challenges
Challenges: - If you are not proactive in your search for top talent then you will find that you will not be able to fill many jobs - If you are afraid of doing business development then you will stru...
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Completed High School (Year 12)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Mining
The good things
The role is one where you are in control on your own destiny; the more you put in the more you will get out. There is diversity in the respect of the clients you deal with, the candidates you see, the...
The challenges
The challenges are that you are dealing with people, constantly. They say recruitment is the one industry where the thing you are selling can turn around and say NO at the end. It can be very challeng...
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Completed Year 10
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
My experience was as a 360% recruiter role in a Management position which allowed my team and myself to be very diversified. We handled a variety of companies which required a variety of skill sets th...
The challenges
Identifiable career path ways Keeping the team happy, together and focused on their objectives. Encourage and enthuse working as a team while keeping their own individuality. Rewarding individuals ...
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Business
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
HR, admin, sales, finance, customer service
The good things
this Role is an incredible one that offers job satisfaction in so many forms. This ranges from offering a candidate the job of their dreams, helping a business source that “unicorn” applicant for thei...
The challenges
You certainly need to feel comfortable selling and picking up the phone to s client. One of the hardest parts of the role is both telling a candidate they are unsuccessful and the multitude of phone c...
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Victorian Certificate of Education
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Heath care
The good things
Satisfying to be able to find the perfect person for the position, like when u get the square in the Tetris game, it all fits perfectly!!
The challenges
The pressure of keeping a client happy whilst working with requests of the potential applicant. The balancing part is the hardes to keep both parties happy.
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Human Resource Management
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Construction
The good things
You become the first point of contact to help someone achieve their goals. Secondly, you learn something new everyday from the people you meet of all ages and cultural background
The challenges
There's no script, no playbook to help you. You will be thrown into the deep end.
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Human Resource Management
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Recruitment
The good things
Good Things: Diverse Role, Opportunity to Engage with People, very busy environment Bad Thing: Average Salary, less growth opportunity, Work Stress
The challenges
Unclear demands of clients. Changing needs and priorities of clients within short span of time.
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Business
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Healthcare
The good things
My favourite part of the role is the personable aspect, we work with real people trying to help them secure real jobs in locations that are of interest to the candidate. It is also very financially r...
The challenges
Working in the healthcare industry; although my office hours are 0830-1700 on weekdays; the medical staff that I work with often work all hours of the day & night and so i regularly get calls and emai...
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Psychology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
White and blue collar recruitment
The good things
Being a Recruitment Consultant is very rewarding, you get to help people find a suitable job and at the same time help the organisations get the right people for the roles.
The challenges
Dealing with people from different walks of life. You have to have a great amount of patience and understanding to be able to handle every situations.
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Marketing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Pharmacist
The good things
The stunning things If you are passionate about helping people, be apart of their career progression that really changes people's lives then what are you waiting for!? This space always changing with...
The challenges
After interviewing someone for 20 minutes to find out they have already applied direct to the client for the job. If you are across your space you will have a better opportunity with a better package ...
Source: SEEK Role Reviews

Working hours for Recruitment Consultants

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
Often
Sometimes
Never
Source: SEEK Role Reviews from 56 Recruitment Consultants

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