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Starting Your Career as a Recruitment Consultant

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One of the fastest-rising careers in the U.S. is that of a recruitment consultant. Many companies hire out individuals, or other recruiting companies, to seek out qualified, talented applicants to fill their vacant positions. A recruitment consultant is the person who does the research and interviewing to fit the right people into the right positions where they will thrive. Many professionals, with a specialization in a particular job or market, can easily adapt to starting a career as a recruitment consultant.

Getting Started

Getting your foot in the door as a recruitment consultant requires a little bit of personal effort. Most recruiting agencies are always looking for new consultants, as the need for supplying large companies, especially those with large turnovers, is always on the rise. Most generally, the best approach to becoming a recruitment consultant is to start out slowly in a resourcing role. A resourcing role is basically the sourcing out of people to companies.

Contact Recruitment Company

Contact a reputable company that has been in business for a long period of time. Talk with their HR department and see if there are any openings. Submit your resume and try to talk to them in the manner you would if you were talking with a candidate or a client. First impressions will be long lasting and can help you get your foot in the door as a resource agent.

A Degree Is Helpful

Many people who begin a career in recruitment consultancy are those who have been in the professional field of business, IT, medical, electronics, and HR, among many other specialized professions, and have gone on to secondary education. However, this does not necessarily mean that you need a college degree. If you have had some sales experience, or are good at talking to people and getting them to open up about themselves, you can have a very solid start as a recruitment consultant.

A Solid Sales Background Is Good

A big part of being a recruitment consultant is working for the candidate that is seeking employment. You must do a lot of research into this person through interviews, background checks, and even testing if that is what is needed by the clients. With this information, a recruitment consultant will then try to sell the candidate to the company that seeks their particular expertise. Having a good, solid background in sales is something that will help you get your recruitment consultancy career started.


Many recruiting companies look at candidates that are highly motivated and can think quickly on their feet to fill a vacant recruitment consultant position. Again, the biggest part of a career in recruitment consultancy is being able to sell prospects to a potential client. However, there is another aspect to this career decision. It is being able to work on your own and to talk with people in a positive manner.

A career as a recruitment consultant can be a very rewarding career. When you are able to help someone find a dream job, in an area they are passionate about, it is a truly great feeling. A recruitment consultant is not really a person in Human Resources, but a person who helps people get into better positions.
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