Embarking on a career journey as a Consultant Resourcer unveils a dynamic role at the heart of recruitment. The essential bridge between candidates and clients, resourcers play a pivotal role in identifying and attracting top-tier talent to fulfill a diverse spectrum of organisational needs. From sifting databases and social networks to conducting initial screening, they assist recruiters match candidates with opportunities, shaping the workforce of tomorrow.

In celebration of National Administrative Professional Week, we are pleased to introduce our very own Consultant Resourcer, Neve who will talk us through her day-to-day and what it takes to be a success.

1. What did you study and why did you choose Recruitment Resourcer as your first job?

I studied Russian History at university, not an overly natural pre-requisite for a Recruitment Resourcer but it has been a good first role nevertheless. I think any job based in a boutique company with a solid management system is a really good place to start in terms of an entry-level position!

2. How would you explain the difference between a Recruitment Resourcer and a Recruitment Consultant?

At the heart of it a Recruitment Resourcer really does not do any recruiting in the traditional sense; I do not have my own candidates for instance. A Resourcer is there to support their team in terms of administration (so that the consultants can focus on placing roles!) and to dig deep into candidate searches, and to support the team administratively.

3. Can you walk us through your typical day as a Recruitment Resourcer, from identifying job leads to coordinating with consultants and candidates?

My typical day, after a very long bus ride into work that is, starts with identifying which roles are perhaps proving tricky to find candidates for, or which consultants just need that extra bit of help. The next stage is either writing an advert or using a search function to find candidates. From the candidates I find I will then usually phone them to gauge what they are looking for and how they converse over the phone, if they seem like good candidates I will go ahead and book them into the diary of one of my consultants!

4. What would you say are the skills required to become a great Resourcer?

Perseverance! Usually when a job comes to me it's because it is already proving difficult, consultants are not likely to need help with a straight-forward role. Because of this, there is not a huge amount of winning, so sticking at it is key.

Additionally, you have to be a natural organiser. A good amount of the role is administration and data entry so a good eye for detail and a knack for staying on top of your to-do list is very important in succeeding.

5. What are some of the most rewarding experiences you have had at Bain and Gray?

Probably just seeing how far I have come in such a short space of time! The beauty of an entry-level role is that the only way is up and this really was the case for me. I've learnt so much and reflecting on this in my review sessions has been very rewarding.

6. What impact does a Resourcer have on the recruitment process and business success?

I believe that the Resourcer keeps everything ticking along quite nicely, and most importantly takes a huge workload off the consultants so that they can focus on the job at hand, which is placing candidates into roles! A recruitment agency could definitely survive and get by without a Resourcer, but to have one can make all of the difference.

7. Would you recommend this role to a first jobber and do you have any words of wisdom for career success?

I would certainly recommend this role, and similar roles, to someone looking for their first office job. Administrative roles are effective in providing that fundamental knowledge of how a business works. Further still, a role within recruitment can lead to some very helpful insight that will surely benefit anyone throughout their career.

Here are the key points to remember:

  • As a Consultant Resourcer, you're at the core of recruitment, connecting candidates and clients to fulfill diverse organisational needs.
  • Resourcers focus on administrative tasks, freeing up consultants to focus on placements and client relationships.
  • From identifying job leads to screening candidates and coordinating with consultants, resourcers play a pivotal role in candidate sourcing and selection.
  • Perseverance and organization are crucial for success, as resourcers navigate challenging searches and manage multiple tasks with precision.
  • Starting as a resourcer offers a solid entry into the business world, with ample opportunities for advancement and invaluable insights into recruitment processes and business operations.