How to become a Recruitment Co-ordinator

Published: 13th September 2010
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Every business is run by its staff, but it's those in charge that help the staff work their best. As Recruitment Co-ordinator, you'd be making sure that jobs went to all the right people, keeping your clients happy.

Knowing the needs or your clients would be an important part of your role. You'd be keeping excellent relationships with employers, whilst helping them find the best employees for their business. This would mean overlooking the whole recruitment process from job descriptions to making sure Recruitment Consultants were choosing the correct candidates.


In most cases you'd be working from nine until six, Monday to Friday, although extra hours could be expected on some occasions.
For most of the time you'd be based in an office building, often with your own separate room. Due to frequent meetings with clients, travel would come with the job. For this reason, a driving license would be handy.

Skills and interests

To be a good Recruitment Consultant, you must:

have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
be tactful and articulate
be analytical and methodical in your approach to problems
be an excellent judge of character
be motivated and results driven
be able to act quickly and decisively
have good IT skills
have a good eye for detail
have excellent organisational skills


Academic qualifications won't be necessary to become a Recruitment Co-ordinator, but having GCSEs/S grades would give you an advantage. More and more employers that deal with executive placements are now taking on graduates.

If working in a specific sector then a detailed knowledge and experience of the field would be extremely important and help stand you in good stead.


If you join a large agency it is likely to run in-house training programmes lasting up to 12 weeks. These programmes will include on-the-job training and courses run by the agencies' own staff. Other agencies could send you on external courses run by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The REC offers two awards, available through distance learning:

The Foundation Award in Recruitment Practice. This would be appropriate in your first two years in the industry, or if you wish to refresh basic knowledge and skills. If you want to embark on a career in recruitment or set up your own agency, you could also take the Award.

The Certificate in Recruitment Practice. With at least one years' experience, this would be useful for you, or if you have less experience, but have studied for A levels/H grades, a degree or equivalent.

Also offered is a Diploma in Recruitment Practice, which would usually apply to you if you have a year or more experience in recruitment consultancy.

The REC also offers a range of professional development short courses covering subjects such as sales, interview techniques, employment law, finance and management.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development offers the Certificate in Recruitment and Selection, available through distance learning, plus a range of professional development short courses in interviewing techniques, employment law and psychometric testing.
NVQ/SVQ Level 3 is available in Recruitment Consultancy.


There are thousands of recruitment agencies in the United Kingdom. Most deal with office workers, but if your interests or expertise lie in a specific area, there are many specialist agencies also. If you work in a general agency, it is possible to transfer your skills over into a specialist placement.

Annual income

As Recruitment Co-ordinator, your standard salary would range between 25,000 and 30,000. As much of the work is commission based, your earnings would increase depending on how well you reach your targets. With high levels of achievement, your On Target Earnings (OTE) can be between 35,000 and 60,000.

Salaries will depend on the type and size of consultancy and organisations in London are likely to pay higher. Some of the top OTEs can range up to 100,000.

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