Recruitment consultant

What they do

Recruitment consultants work with employers and job seekers to fit the right person to the right job. They research the job market, increase their knowledge of the local labour market through networking, provide advice about the job market to employers, and source suitable candidates through existing networks and by advertising on web sites and in newspapers. They maintain an extensive network of contacts, including both employers and candidates, and regularly conduct interviews with candidates for specific roles. They facilitate and oversee the job offer process and negotiate salary packages once candidates have been chosen. Recruitment consultants work mostly in Western Australia's major cities and larger regional centres.

Working conditions

Recruitment consultants generally work for recruitment agencies, but can also work as an in-house recruiter for larger companies. They usually work in an office environment, but they may travel to workplaces to obtain first hand experience of the kinds of work undertaken by the people they recruit. They work independently and as part of a team. They often attend meetings with employers and others involved in the recruitment industry, and usually work long hours.

Tools and technologies

Recruitment consultants spend a large amount of time on the phone with both clients, candidates and industry contacts. They also use computers, especially data management software. They may also use specialised computer programs to test candidates' skills.

How do I become one?

Education and training

It is possible to work as a recruitment consultant without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be improved by obtaining a qualification in human resources, human resources management, or employment services. Recruitment consultants specialising in a particular industry may also be expected to have some experience working in the industry and/or industry specific qualifications.

The Certificate IV in Human Resources, Diploma in Human Resource Management and Advanced Diploma in Human Resources Management are offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisation throughout Western Australia. 

You can undertake a traineeship in human resources (level 4). The traineeship usually take 12 months to complete.

You can also complete a degree in human resource management, or a related field such as psychology, industrial relations, or work and employment relations.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information

Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend  time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.

You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.