A senior recruitment consultant brings together companies and qualified applicants who could work in available positions. These consultants perform a number of tasks, such as drafting job ads and posting them in traditional print outlets as well as online outlets. They also conduct background checks on potential new hires, inform these applicants if they are placed in a position, and counsel companies on the type of candidates they need (including what qualifications these hires should have). The consultants may need to prepare reports and present analysis to their hiring companies on recruiting practices and policies.
There are no set educational requirements for senior recruitment consultant positions, but consultants must have some knowledge of the field in which they are recruiting. Typically, at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is preferred; however, real-world experience in the field and in hiring is critical to success in this position. The consultant must have excellent interpersonal skills, be capable of negotiating with both companies and potential employees. They should be accomplished multitaskers, capable of juggling multiple responsibilities, candidates, and clients. Additionally, the consultant must be a self-starter capable of working long hours; these positions may require irregular hours and overtime, as senior recruitment consultants frequently meet with potential employees, managers, and others.
Senior Recruitment Consultant Tasks
- Create search and sourcing strategies, prescreening and recommending qualified candidates.
- Communicate with management during searches.
- Collaborate with management to analyze needed positions and build recruitment strategies.