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Summary of occupation

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.

ANZSCO description: Interviews applicants to determine their job  requirements and suitability for particular jobs, and assists  employers to find suitable staff.
Alternative names: Employment Consultant (Aus)
Specialisations: Casting Agent, Literary Agent
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A recruitment consultant needs:

  • people skills
  • self-confidence and motivation
  • to be pro-active
  • discretion and tact when dealing with personal information
  • strong oral and written communication skills
  • analytical and decision-making skills
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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. 

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Salary details

On average, recruitment consultants can expect to earn between $1 345 and $1 923 per week ($70 000 and $100 000 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a recruitment consultant develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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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.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a recruitment consultant without any formal qualifications. However; you are more likely to improve your prospects in the industry if you have completed a formal qualification in human resources, or human resources management. 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 Government (Human Resources) or Diploma in Human Resource Management is offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisation throughout Western Australia (WA). 

You can also complete a traineeship. The human resources (level 4) or government human resources management traineeships usually take 12 to 24 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 of the universities in WA offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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