What is a Recruitment Consultant?🤔
Recruitment Consultant CV example
Applying to Recruitment Consultant graduate jobs?
It’s important to tailor your CV to every graduate job you apply to – the more tailored your CV is, the more relevant it will seem and the more attention it will get.
Here’s how to tailor your CV when applying to graduate recruitment jobs.
1. Include previous sales experience and good phone manner
Include on your CV if you’ve had any previous sales experience, whether this was outbound, or up-selling.
Recruitment is heavily sales orientated, and showing previous sales experience is likely to secure you an interview.
You should also include any sales figures and target figures you achieved.
If you haven’t had any specific sales roles, include if you worked to reach any sort of target, whether this was a certain amount of money raised for a charity or organisation, or you hit a certain amount of social media followers, it’s all relevant.
2. Highlight any previous client-facing experience
Recruitment consultancy is largely client-facing, so it’s key to include any previous client relation experience you’ve had in your CV.
Whether you’ve worked in hospitality interacting and building relationships with customers, or you’ve taken on any leadership roles where you had to manage customers.
3. Demonstrate working in fast-paced environments
Recruitment is a fast-paced environment, often with tight turnarounds and deadlines.
You want to demonstrate if you’ve had any previous experience working in any fast-paced environments, whether this was a busy restaurant, or a previous role that required you to be spinning lots of plates at once.
4. Evidence of communication skills
One of the most important skills required to be a recruiter is excellent communication skills. You want to show an employer you’re a confident, effective communicator.
Perhaps you were captain or participated in a sport, you took part in charity events at university where you had to get people’s attention and ask them to donate – any examples of public speaking.
5. Tailor your personal profile to recruitment jobs
Creating a tailored personal profile is your first chance to impress an employer and show that you are suited to their role.
We’ve put together a personal profile template to use when applying to graduate recruitment jobs.
Personal profile example
A highly motivated individual with excellent communication skills and a commitment to pursuing a career in Recruitment [soft skill examples relevant to recruitment]. Having achieved a 2:1 Business degree and obtained previous sales experience with a track record of meeting targets and delivering results [degree/previous relevant role], I am now looking to thrive in a fast-paced environment and challenging setting [fast-paced environment looking for].
Recruitment Consultant salary
Wondering how much do Recruitment Consultants get paid and more importantly, do recruiters make good money?!
Here’s some more information about Recruitment Consultant salaries…
Recruitment Consultant jobs often have competitive starting salaries, however, recruitment consultants in London usually have higher salaries than recruitment consultants elsewhere in the UK.
Discover our range of Recruitment Consultant jobs in London.
On top of a competitive salary, recruiters earn commission with each placement, depending on what terms the agency has agreed with the company.
Recruiter commission rates are usually calculated based on the agreed percentage and salary of the hire a consultant has made – the greater seniority of the role you are recruiting for, the greater commission is available.
A Trainee Consultant salary, or ‘Resourcer’ salary, will often start with a slightly lower salary than that of a 360 Recruitment Consultant.
But, particularly at Give A Grad A Go, there is plenty of opportunity for career progression, promotions and pay rises!
Recruitment Consultant interview questions
Secured an interview for a recruitment role? Here are some example questions employers may ask, with tips on how best to answer these, and some of the best questions to ask employers, so you’ll feel confident and prepared heading into your interviews!
1. What are your motivations for choosing recruitment?
An employer may often start out an interview by asking for your motivations and reasons behind wanting to work in recruitment.
Try and avoid generic reasons such as “I want to help people”, but list some of the skills you have that would make you a great fit for the industry, and experience that proves this.
2. Why is recruitment important?
It’s good to prepare some information on why recruitment is an important industry and the benefits of using an agency (if you are interviewing at an agency), even if an employer doesn’t ask this question, commenting on the benefits in your interview will look impressive and show you’re knowledgeable about the industry.
3. What is your understanding of the role/company?
It’s important to make sure you understand the requirements of the role you’re interviewing for, so you’re prepared if an employer asks you what the most challenging aspects may be, or what you understand about the role.
Thoroughly read the job specification and highlight anything you would like further information on.
It’s equally important to research the company, so you are prepared if an employer asks why you want to work for them specifically.
Research the benefits, the culture and their performance in the industry.
An employer may also ask if you know any of their competitors, be sure to research these, and comment on anything that makes the company you are interviewing standout, dropping these in conversation will show you have done your research.
4. Recruitment questions to ask an employer
It is especially important when interviewing for a recruitment role to ask the employer questions at the end of the interview, this shows you are a confident, punchy communicator.
As a Recruitment Consultant, you will be interviewing candidates regularly, and quizzing the employer in return shows you are very capable to do this.
Here are some good recruitment questions to ask an employer:
- What would you say are the best aspects of this role?
- What are the most challenging aspects of the role?
- Is there room for job progression opportunities?
- What would you say makes your company stand out from the competition?
- What types of clients do you work with, and in what industry?
- What is the commission structure like?
- What are the next steps of my application process?
Recruitment Consultant jobs
Recruitment is a well-established, growing and pivotal industry, in 2018 the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) predicted that 56% of vacancies in the next 12 months will be filled by agencies.
These figures combined with the many rewarding benefits, make recruitment a highly attractive graduate industry to choose, and one where jobs are not scarce.