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Pauline Turner is a manager and recruitment consultant based in London, an independent recruitment consultancy specialising in providing multilingual professionals for banking and financial institutions.

How would you outline your recruitment consultancy job?

I find banking professionals for banks and financial institutions in London. My role involves taking job descriptions and details, advertising for suitable candidates, reviewing CVs and setting up interviews for candidates with my clients. I also do business development, which means calling companies that might want to use our services, and maintaining relationships with existing clients.

What are your main responsibilities?

Initially, I meet the client to discuss the vacancy – what is involved in the job, what sort of person they are looking for, and the languages they need. I write the job advert and also use our database of prospective candidates to see if we already have someone suitable.

How involved are you with the interviews?

I pre-screen candidates in an interview, testing their language skills and suitability to the role. I will then recommend three or four candidates to my client and, hopefully, set up interviews with them. Once a client has made an offer to a candidate I give support to both parties, assisting in salary and contract negotiations.

What's your daily routine?

It is mainly checking emails, applications and CVs that come in, sending out rejection letters for unsuitable candidates, and interviewing candidates on the phone or in person. I spend a lot of time speaking to existing clients to find out if they have new vacancies coming up. On the management side, I have regular meetings with the consultants in my team, hold training sessions and write financial reports.

What hours do you work?

I start at 8am and finish at 4.30pm. I have been working at one of our offices in Germany for the past three years, so I am working a few extra hours at present to catch up with the routine in London.

What's your working environment like?

I have a desk in an open plan office. I sit with eight colleagues and it's busy. There are always phones ringing and people coming in.

What special skills do you need for your recruitment consultant job?

You must be able to multi-task as there are always so many different things to do. You have to be organised and good on the telephone. Because it is a sales job, you need to be confident and good at communicating.

How are languages important in your job?

I am responsible for all the German testing as I lived in Germany for a number of years and speak the language fluently. Other consultants test other languages. I might also be on the phone to contacts and candidates in Germany.

Why did you choose this kind of work?

I wanted a job that gave me lots of contact with different people and in a sales environment. I also wanted to use my language skills, so this was the perfect combination. I like the variety of the role and the contact with people from different countries and cultures.

Pauline's route to her recruitment consultant job

  • Degree in Translation and Interpreting (French and German).
  • Taught English in Germany.
  • Joined Euro London's Frankfurt office.
  • In-house training and other short courses.

Pauline's recruitment consultant tips

  • You need to have some interest in sales and negotiating – recruitment is not just about matching CVs.
  • It helps to have some knowledge about the sector you are working in.

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Salary of a recruitment consultant

  • Salaries start at around £15,000, depending on the company, the location and the language skills.
  • With more experience, consultants can earn around £22,000 to £30,000 including commission.

How to become a recruitment consultant

  • Although there are no set entry qualifications needed, most recruitment consultants specialising in jobs that call for languages will need fluency in that language.
  • Many employers prefer applicants with a degree – in languages, business studies or a subject related to the sector they are recruiting for.
  • Work experience overseas can be a big advantage.
  • The Recruitment and Employment Confederation's (REC) Certificate in Recruitment Practice asks for A levels/H grades, a degree or equivalent or at least one year's experience in the industry.
  • There is an NVQ/SVQ Level 3 in Recruitment Consultancy.

Modified: 16 June 2013

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