What is Recruitment?

Recruitment is the process companies use to source and hire new employees. An organisation will typically try to reach a pool of candidates through job postings on their company website and on external recruitment sites, known as job boards.

Job applicants who respond to a vacancy are then screened to determine if their skills and experience match the job description. Shortlisted candidates are then invited to attend interviews or other methods of assessment, such as online tests, role plays and group discussions. Employers may then check the background of prospective employees, as well as check references prior to making a job offer.

As simple as this process may sound, recruiting new employees can prove to be extremely challenging and requires a special skill set. Therefore, employers will often engage the services of recruitment companies to manage this process on their behalf.


The Role of the Recruitment Consultant

The role of the recruitment consultant is to work closely with the employer to find the best available candidates. They are responsible for attracting applicants and matching them to temporary or permanent positions. They work with the employer to build relationships and gain a better understanding of their recruitment needs and requirements.

Recruitment consultants attract candidates by drafting advertising copy for use in a wide range of media, including their own website. They search on their internal database of candidates, on job boards and LinkedIn. They network and head hunt in their search for the perfect candidate to fill a vacancy.  They then screen candidates, selling the role to prospective applicants, interview them and match them to the vacancy.

Recruitment consultants also provide advice to both clients and candidates on issues such as salary levels, training requirements and career opportunities.


The Two Types of Recruiter

  1. The 360 Recruiter - This post holder will be responsible for opening new accounts and developing existing client accounts, in line with sales targets.

  2. Account Manager - This post holder will have responsibility for managing and maintaining existing accounts.

Typical work activities in each of these job roles will include:

  • Using sales, business development, marketing techniques and networking to develop new client relationships.
  • Visiting clients to build and develop relationships.
  • Developing a good understanding of client companies and their industries.
  • Advertising vacancies by drafting and placing adverts in a wide range of media, for example using job boards.
  • Using social media to advertise positions, attract candidates and build relationships with candidates and clients.
  • Searching internal and external candidate databases.
  • Headhunting – identifying and approaching candidates who work for direct or indirect competitors.
  • Receiving and reviewing candidate applications.
  • Selling the role to prospective candidates and outlining the responsibilities, salary and benefits.
  • Interviewing candidates.
  • Submitting a shortlist of candidates for the client.
  • Organising interviews for candidates that the client has selected.
  • Informing candidates about the results of their interviews.
  • Negotiating pay and salary rates for the preferred candidate.
  • Offering career advice to candidates.
  • Providing advice to clients, for example, salary benchmarking.
  • Working towards, and exceeding, targets that may relate to the number of placements made.

We are always interested in talking to talented individuals.  If you think you’ve got what it takes please feel free to review our current vacancies or contact us through email at careers@stroudresourcing.co.uk