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Recruitment Consultant

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€25k > 60
Recruitment Consultant
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€25 - 60
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Morgan McKinley / Brightwater / Sigmar

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Employed by a client to organise and implement a selection process for the recruitment of staff.

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Frank Morrison
Recruitment Manager

Frank Morrison is the Operations Manager in the National Project Office in the HSE in Manorhamilton. His job involves the implementation of the National Recruitment Strategies for the HSE and the development of policies in relation to the national recruitment campaign. He is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and also holds a RGN qualification. He has a BA in Public Management and an M.A. in Human Resources and Industrial Relations.


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Yvonne Brady
HR Manager
Yvonne Brady is the Area HR Manager in the Hilton Hotel in Dublin. To date she has qualified as a Chef, Diet Chef and Pastry Chef. She continued her studies while working and completed a certificate, followed by a degree in Hotel & Catering Management.  She then completed a Diploma in Human Resources Management and is currently doing a Diploma in Employment Law. She has been with Hilton now for over 7 years and has been promoted 3 times.
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The Work header image

Some consultants work for agencies that deal with general vacancies, while others serve the needs of particular areas of work. For example, they may recruit manual, computer, accountancy or sales staff, teachers or medical professionals. People who register with employment agencies may be looking for temporary or permanent work.  
Consultants make regular telephone calls or visits to employers, to find out which qualities, skills and experience they want the agency staff to have. A client company is another name for employers who use the agency's services. They let the consultant know when they have job vacancies. Employment agency consultants note the client's requirements, and may write a job profile. They advertise the vacancy, for example, in the agency's windows or in a local paper.  
Face-to-face interviews help the consultant to find suitable staff. It helps everyone if employees are happy in their job, so the consultant asks questions to find out which hours they might like to work, how far they are prepared to travel, the pay rate they are looking for, and the kind of work experience they have. Consultants may ask people to do a timed computer or word processing task. The consultant will set this up and interpret the results.  
Sometimes client companies need to fill a vacancy at very short notice. Consultants have to be familiar with the skills and availability of people registered with the agency. The consultant may have to make several last-minute telephone calls at the end of the day, to make sure someone can attend in the morning.  
Sales and marketing are important aspects of the consultant's work. They often make the first move to find a client company, perhaps through a telephone call, letter or personal visit. Employment agency consultants try to predict skills shortages in areas of industry, so they can target their services at certain companies. Consultants try to generate new business, and often work to sales targets. They negotiate the agency's fee and the staff's pay or salary rates with the client company.  
They also do a number of administrative tasks, like keeping records of client companies, vacancies and applicants. Computer skills are essential.

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Prepare or maintain employment records related to events such as hiring, termination, leaves, transfers, or promotions, using human resources management system software.


Interpret and explain human resources policies, procedures, laws, standards, or regulations.


Hire employees and process hiring-related paperwork.


Inform job applicants of details such as duties and responsibilities, compensation, benefits, schedules, working conditions, or promotion opportunities.


Address employee relations issues, such as harassment allegations, work complaints, or other employee concerns.


Maintain current knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action guidelines and laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Schedule or conduct new employee orientations.


Maintain and update human resources documents, such as organizational charts, employee handbooks or directories, or performance evaluation forms.


Confer with management to develop or implement personnel policies or procedures.


Select qualified job applicants or refer them to managers, making hiring recommendations when appropriate.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Staffing Organizational Units: Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.


Performing Administrative Activities: Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.


Scheduling Work and Activities: Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.


Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Personnel and Human Resources: Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.


English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Clerical: Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.


Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. You must be able to interview people who are looking for work, listen carefully, and ask the right questions to find out about their skills, work experience and expectations of pay. A smart, well-dressed and professional image is very important, especially when you meet clients.  
You should be well motivated, and able to make the first move to find new client companies, through a letter, telephone call or personal visit.  
Employment agency consultants work to deadlines and sales targets. You must be able to cope with pressure, be well organised, and able to think quickly to solve problems, for example, when a client needs a vacancy filled at short notice.  
Some consultants have responsibility for an area of work, like industry. However, you must be flexible and prepared to cover a colleague's area when necessary.

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Organisation: National Recruitment Federation
Address: St. Johns Court, Swords Rd., Santry, Dublin 9
Tel: (01) 816 1754
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