Placement Consultants act as middlemen that match a job vacancy with the right candidate. Their services are availed by both companies having job openings and job seekers looking for employment.
Consultant’s role from employer’s perspective:
Companies seek the help of placement consultants as and when there is a job opening. Consultants maintain a database of job seekers looking for employment and scan through it to search for the right candidate; online job portals are another source for headhunting resumes that match with the job profile in question. Placement consultants conduct the initial screening of candidate profiles and even schedule interview with the company.
Consultant’s role from job seeker’s perspective:
The interaction between consultant and job seeker may initiate in two ways: either by the placement consultant as mentioned above or by the job seeker who registers himself/herself with the placement firm. Placement agencies can increase the chances of a candidate of coming in contact with the right companies (that hold vacancies in the desired sector and candidate’s level of experience).
How to identify a good consultant?
• Good communication and inter-personal skills.
• Gauges potential candidate’s suitability for particular job role.
• Puts forth the requirements and job responsibilities along with terms of employment clearly at the initial stages itself.
• Follows up with the candidate subsequently regarding the progress of hiring process at interview rounds with the company and once placed too.
All placement consultancy do is marketing; they send resume and find people who have the skills. Job service provider is intermediary between “organizations (corporate) looking forward to recruit staff “and “the people who are looking out for jobs”. They have two type of customer: their Client & their Candidate.
In this process Corporate get in touch with Placement Consultancy to know about their charges or mostly recruitment do calls or do meeting with various organization for tie up and get requirements from them. Then the organization share the Job Description/ Profile Description of the requirement which includes skill and experience required in person.
After this placement consultancy ,team of recruiters starts working on the particular requirement sent by corporate, by using their mediums such as Job opening portal, Posting, References, Head Hunting and Social Media etc.
Later on Interview and selection process begins. Most of the time recruitment consultant also has to come in to picture for the negotiation with both the parties for their interest of getting position closed and to create income.
Actually the aim of a Job service provider is to make profit on the work on which they are contracted to do and the reason they are into business.
A Placement Consultancy can work and get better talent for an organization if they understand the business of that particular firms, then they provide superior talent.