How to become a recruitment consultant
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
As a graduate it's possible to enter recruitment with any degree, although some employers may prefer a subject related to the industry, like:
- human resources
- public relations
Some recruitment agencies specialise in a particular type of work so you may be expected to have a relevant degree or industry experience in that area.
For example, a degree in pharmacy or a background in pharmaceutical sales could help you get into pharmaceutical recruitment.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could start on an intermediate recruitment resourcer apprenticeship and work your way up, or do an advanced apprenticeship as a recruitment consultant.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could start as an office assistant in a recruitment agency and work your way up through on-the-job training and promotion.
You could develop your understanding of the recruitment industry by getting some experience. Whether you're studying or looking for work, you could try:
- work experience
- temporary employment
Getting relevant work experience in areas like marketing, sales or public relations can also help you develop some of the skills needed for this role.
You could apply directly to become a recruitment consultant as experience is highly valued by employers. With the right skills and attitude you could enter this job without a degree. If you have knowledge of a particular industry, this can be useful for working in specialist recruitment agencies like social care, engineering, construction or pharmaceuticals.
Whatever your qualifications, you'll be expected to have great sales skills and be able to communicate with people at many different levels.
You'll also need excellent customer service and teamworking skills.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, for professional development, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
You can find out more about becoming a recruitment consultant from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.