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What Is a Recruiting Consultant and How to Become One

What Is a Recruiting Consultant?

A recruiting consultant finds eligible candidates for vacant positions at their client’s companies. In this role, you determine what kind of employee your client needs, and then you find job seekers who match that criteria. Your responsibilities include advertising positions in various media outlets, reviewing applications, screening candidates, and conducting initial interviews to ensure the applicant is a good fit before forwarding their resume to your client. Some recruiting consultants also participate in negotiating salaries between the job candidate and employer. You typically need to find several candidates for each position and are paid a commission if the company hires a candidate that you found.

How to Become a Recruiting Consultant

Many recruiting consultants have a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field, but some employers may consider candidates without a degree who have extensive experience in recruitment or business development. In this career, you need strong interpersonal skills to develop relationships with prospective employees and job applicants. Familiarity with industry software, such as applicant tracking systems (ATS), is helpful. Recruiting consultants usually need to travel to meet with clients and prospective candidates, so you need a valid driver's license and reliable transportation. Additional qualifications include excellent communication and organizational skills and attention to detail.