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Work for REED - A Day in the Life
Looking for a career as a Recruitment Consultant? We look at the average day of a REED Co-Member
Every day being a Recruitment Consultant at REED brings new challenges. Having the ability to switch between incoming and outgoing calls, face-to-face meetings with business contacts and candidates, strategic and operational planning tasks and being able to stop what you're doing to deal with immediate issues, are what makes the job so vibrant and exciting. Our best Consultants are organised and plan their work in advance, but are prepared to adapt to whatever the day throws at them!
You will be constantly meeting and influencing different personalities, companies and recruitment processes. The most successful Consultants focus their time developing strong relationships with both clients and candidates, and know that taking time to understand what clients and candidates need is key to meeting targets.
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We asked a Consultant in one of our REED 'Megasites' in Singapore to talk us through a typical day:
8.30 Start work with a coffee! Team meeting with updates on what we are working on, priorities for the day and agree marketing initiatives for the week.
8.45 Assess the applications and emails that have come in overnight, respond to unsuitable candidates via email and shortlist the candidates that look good to call.
9.15 Analyse the job boards and client websites to see who is hiring. Shortlist candidates we have previously interviewed that look good for the position to talk to clients about later.
10.00 Call my clients I am currently working with to give them updates on the positions I am currently sourcing for, gather interview feedback and cross sell to get business for other divisions.
11.00 Business development! Call the clients I know are recruiting at the moment and market suitable candidates that would meet their requirements. Contact clients that are working with other divisions of REED to introduce myself to leverage existing relationships to bring in more business. Make some targeted cold call to clients that are working with my competitors that I want to work with.
12.30 Lunch – Meet an old candidate turned client to exchange information on the market.
13.30 Meet a candidate for a coffee who is suitable for a position I am currently recruiting for. Conduct a competency based interview to see if they are good for the position and also understand their motivating factors and what career development they are seeking.
14.00 Identify candidates that are suitable for a search I am currently sourcing for through advert response, our database, LinkedIn and direct headhunting. Approach the candidates and conduct an initial telephone screen to assess suitability.
14.30 Visit a nearby client with a consultant from another division to understand more about their business and discuss a position they are currently recruiting for.
15.30 A client calls back and wants to interview the candidates I sent – tomorrow! I quickly arrange the interviews, send interview confirmations and arrange a time to call them back to go through some interview preparation.
16.00 Interview a candidate face to face who is a passive job seeker but will be well received by my clients. Talk to the candidate about their experience, key achievements and what type of position and company culture would interest them.
17.00 Prepare the candidates' CV to be emailed over to clients for positions I am currently recruiting for. Also market the passive candidate I met with earlier to my clients that would be interested in their details.
17.30 Call a candidate to gain interview feedback from their interview today, to better understand how the interview went, their motivation for the position and any issues I need to be aware of.
17.45 Advertise the new position I pick up today on reedglobal.com.sg, use the internal e-marketing system to email the job to suitable candidates and update LinkedIn.
18.00 Plan my day for tomorrow, log off and go home after a good days work.