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Recruitment consultant (m/f/d)

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Recruitment consultants: providing targeted recruitment support for companies

Recruitment consultants have a broad range of different tasks. One of their key tasks is to provide competent and targeted advice to companies on matters related to personnel decisions. Usually, they are responsible for the entire recruitment process, the active search for suitable specialists and staff and the posting of appealing job advertisements for their company.

Which opportunities do recruitment consultants have on the labour market?

Recruitment consultants have good prospects; especially companies in the IT and engineering industry increasingly rely on recruitment consultants and headhunters for their recruitment activities. By completing a relevant training programme, e.g. at the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, newcomers have the chance to start a successful career as a recruitment consultant as well. Recruitment consultants who have already worked in the commercial area and acquired the related skills have an advantage on the labour market. Learn more about the individual areas recruitment consultants can work in!

What are the tasks and responsibilities of recruitment consultants?

Recruitment consultants support companies in searching suitable specialists and executives in a competent and targeted way. They are specialised either in direct search or executive search and post job advertisements on web portals and via other media. In case of direct search, recruitment consultants create requirements profiles matching the tasks of the vacant position. Another key task is to search and find specialists, e.g. in professional networks like Xing or LinkedIn, in databases or by other means. Their range of tasks also includes the conduct of telephone or personal interviews as well as the elaboration of employment contracts.

Recruitment consultants are the first point of contact for internal employees who want to follow a new career path within their company. Thus, the recommendation of suitable employees to the management board belongs to their daily business as well.

  • Executive search
  • Posting of job advertisements
  • Research activities
  • Conduct of telephone and personal interviews
  • Recommendation of suitable employees

Which hard skills and soft skills should recruitment consultants have?

Recruitment consultants must possess the expertise required in their company’s industry. Furthermore, good knowledge of and professional experience in sales or the service industry, excellent communication skills and very good skills in German and English are essential, too.

Besides, recruitment consultants require certain soft skills, such as good social skills and an independent way of working.

  • Knowledge of psychological testing procedures
  • Good consulting and negotiation skills
  • A target-oriented way of working
  • Team spirit

What is the average salary of recruitment consultants?

The salary of recruitment consultants depends on region, professional experience and company size. On average, they have an annual starting salary of EUR 40,000. The salary of recruitment consultants in leading positions may even rise up to EUR 80,000. Additionally, recruitment consultants often receive an annual bonus at the end of the year amounting to up to EUR 4,000.

Find your ideal job as a recruitment consultant – with Hays

As a recruitment consultant, you can work in different industries and have a wide range of different tasks involving a high level of responsibility. Your targeted and active support helps companies find qualified candidates for vacant positions.

We will be happy to drive your career forward and assist you in finding a suitable job as a recruitment consultant. Learn more about the benefits of finding a job with Hays!

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