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Meet The Matchmaker

Do you consider yourself a successful matchmaker? If so, recruitment consultancy could be the ideal career for you as it is all about matching people to organisations.

The job involves developing and managing lasting relationships with clients and supporting them with their recruitment needs by sourcing the most suitable candidates.

Day-to-day life includes identifying and evaluating employer recruitment needs, screening and interviewing candidates, meeting prospective employers and candidates at networking events, and advertising job vacancies using a range of media.

Other services a recruitment consultant might provide include personality profiling, psychometric testing, interview and induction support, and industry workshops and seminars.

“It is a varied, challenging and exciting job,” said Lydia Seymour, a recruitment consultant at the Cambridge office of Pure Resourcing Solutions. “We get a huge sense of achievement from helping to place the right candidates in the right jobs.

“Our candidates often go on to become our clients. We see them progress from their first, often entry-level, roles to a director- level position – which is very rewarding.” Most recruitment consultants are university graduates.

Other relevant qualifications include the Certificate in Personnel Practice – or Recruitment and Employment Confederation accreditation.

But personality is just as important as qualifications. “For me, integrity is the most valuable trait,” said Ms Seymour. “And everyone here could be described as energetic, dependable and tenacious. We tend to be naturally outgoing, empathetic and enjoy working as a team.”

A good way to get a foot on the ladder as a recruitment consultant is to apply directly to recruitment firms for work experience.“

Follow up your CV with a phone call to show your interest, do your research and tailor your approach.