A senior recruitment consultant is a professional who coordinates the selection process to hire employees. These professionals screen, interview and assess job applicants. A senior recruitment consultant is often employed by a recruiting organisation that works with clients to assist them in filling job openings by finding one or several qualified candidates. The title of senior recruitment consultant indicates several successful years as a recruitment consultant.
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Most employers require a bachelor's degree in human resources, psychology or a related discipline. Employment opportunities might increase for those who obtain industry-specific certification from highly recognised organisations such as AIRS. AIRS offers a variety of certifications, including Professional Recruiter Certification (PRC).
These professionals use a variety of resources to find qualified candidates such as Internet job boards, posting job openings, networking and referrals from other candidates and employees. After receiving applications and resumes from those resources, candidates are reviewed, then selected if their skills and qualifications meet the requirements of the job.
A senior recruiting consultant interviews candidates that have been selected after a review of applications and resumes. Interviews are often conducted over the telephone to narrow the selection of qualified candidates. After an initial interview, skill and personal assessments are often administered to ensure the candidates have the appropriate qualifications for the job. After candidates have been screened and assessed, the recruitment professional schedules in-person interviews with human resources, hiring managers and other employees within the organisation. These professionals then assist those involved with the interview process to make a decision regarding which candidate to hire.
As a senior member of a recruiting team, these professionals often mentor recruitment consultants and other staff members to successfully accomplish the tasks of the job and find the most qualified candidates for each job opening. This can include promotion of job openings to candidates, research to find candidates qualified, interviewing techniques and candidate assessments.
Salary can range for this occupation, and some employers offer a bonus or commission based on the number of successful placements of candidates. In April 2010, Indeed.com lists a national average salary of £52,650 per yer for this occupation.
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