Recruitment consultants interview applicants to determine their job requirements and suitability for particular jobs, assess their training needs and help employers to find suitable staff.
You can work as a recruitment consultant without formal qualifications, but employers usually prefer you to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in human resources or human resources management. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a recruitment consultant by studying human resource management, behavioural science, psychology or a related field at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Most universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. The Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA) also offers a variety of qualifications and training courses for those wishing to enter the field. Contact the RCSA for more information.
Recruitment consultants may perform the following tasks:
Consultants in private industry often work long hours to interview jobseekers who are not available during normal business hours.
Recruitment consultants are employed in both the public and private sectors. Positions are regularly advertised in metropolitan and national newspapers. Some recruitment consultants also establish their own businesses.
A case manager (recruitment) is an experienced recruitment consultant who provides in-depth, intensive assistance to clients who are having trouble finding work because they have been unemployed for a long time or are disadvantaged.