In simple terms, the main role of a recruitment consultant is to be the link between the client and the candidate. A client could be a multi-billion pound corporation or a company of a few dozen people, either way when they come to Whitehall Resources they are looking for someone with specialist skills and experience to join their organisation.
As a recruitment consultant you have many responsibilities. On the client side, you are always searching for new connections and contacting existing clients to find out about newly available roles within their business, and then finding the best candidates to fill those roles. This is done by using our CRM (our internal software system which has built up ten years of connections, communications and relationships), networking or headhunting online.
You will work in a team that is focused on a particular geographical area or technology. Over time, you will build up a great deal of knowledge on the clients you work with, the candidates skillsets, the technologies involved, visas, travel and much more. You become an advisor to your clients, assisting them in their recruitment decisions and the entire process.
What does a recruitment consultant do on a daily basis?
Being a recruiter is a very fast-paced job as in most cases you are competing with other recruitment agencies. The most common daily tasks of a recruiter are:
- Looking for new clients, researching companies and the people you should be talking to
- Maintaining your candidate network to build relationships, find new opportunities and follow hot leads
- Advertising vacancies in social media
- Looking for the best candidates to match the skills required by the client using our CRM system, contacts network or headhunting online
- Reviewing applications, shortlisting candidates, preparing CVs for the clients and arranging interviews
- Negotiating contracts and salary with both clients and candidates
- Visiting clients
What does a day look like as a recruiter?
The time spent on each task can vary depending of the level of seniority and whether you work in the contract, permanent or the international team, but as a new recruiter your usual day at Whitehall would be very similar to this: