- Hudson, '2012 Salary and Employment Insights, 2012', accessed March 2013, (www.auhudson.com).
- Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, ‘2003-2012 Occupation Data’ (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.
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Recruitment consultants help match people with jobs. They work with candidates (people looking for work) and clients (employers looking for people to work for them).
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Recruitment consultants earn a combination of a base salary and commission.
The amount of commission they earn depends on the company they work for and is based on performance.
Source: Hudson Salary and Employment Insights, 2012.
Recruitment consultants may do some or all of the following:
Recruitment consultants need to have:
Recruitment consultant Christine O'Donnell says it is vital for anyone wanting to get into the recruitment industry to have some previous work experience behind them.
"Before getting into recruitment I was heavily involved in the corporate world, in financial services and marketing, and found my experience really helped when I came into recruitment. Before you can help place people in work, you need to understand what it's like to be in the workforce – and working in a number of different organisations will give you that."
Whilst being able to close a deal with a business is an important aspect of the job, caring about people is equally important, says Christine.
"After all, this is someone's career you're dealing with. I want the person I put forward for a job to like the job they get because the effects of that are huge; it affects their family and their lives. It's about getting back to basics, being honest and treating people how you would like to be treated yourself."
There are no specific entry requirements to become a recruitment consultant, but previous work experience in human resources, sales, marketing, retail or customer service is preferred.
No specific secondary education is required for this job, but maths and English to at least NCEA Level 2 is useful.
Recruitment consultants need to be:
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Useful experience for recruitment consultants includes any work dealing with people, such as sales or human resources.
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According to Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment estimates, the number of recruitment consultants remained stable between 2010 and 2012.
Lack of growth is due to the ongoing effects of the 2008-2009 economic recession, which have meant:
Generalist agencies that recruit for a range of industries, and provide permanent, contract and temporary staff are doing better than most specialist agencies. However, specialist recruitment consultants in some areas, such as IT and building and construction, are always needed.
Recruitment consultants may work in small or large agencies or franchises. They may also work in-house for businesses or government departments.
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Recruitment consultants may progress into management positions, or set up their own businesses. They can also go on to work in human resources or sales roles.
Recruitment consultants may specialise in recruiting people for a particular industry, such as:
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