The Hardest Part As A Consultant

The Hardest Part As A Consultant

In any industry, there is joy as well as challenges. Let’s share the hardest parts of being a recruitment consultant.

Here is an honest reflection from some of the TeamJobs team, that highlights the more unsettling aspects of their job.

Across the board, one of the biggest frustrations as a consultant is the time invested in someone, where a relationship abruptly ends (ghosting). Rob Bruce, Senior Recruitment Consultant says, “It is hard as what starts to happen is that you become more than a means to help someone find their next job. A consultant is there to help and advise someone on their career and it can take the shape of a mentorship role. For anyone, when you dedicate time and then no response and the relationship ends in silence, it can feel disheartening.”

Jaime Rana, Senior Recruitment Consultant, also highlights the difficulties when communication goes quiet, “After all my years as a consultant, you are dealing with a person (either a candidate or a client). No matter how hard you try, it is the other person who is in control and makes a decision. A lot comes down to your own ethics and behaviour and if that isn’t emulated by the person you are working with, anyone would feel disappointed.”

Hannah Sills, TeamJobs Managing Director, recognises one of the toughest part of being a consultant is the reality of clients' expectations. Hannah explains, “A traditional recruitment model is to do what a client requests. When a client wants something that exists and they are focused on it, it can be hard to suggest an alternative approach that can work better and be more suited. To stand up and highlight new solutions is something that does come with experience, but it always poses a challenge.”

Ella Simmons, Commercial Temps Consultant, highlights rejection can be hard. “It is tough when people go silent and also rejection in any job with a ‘no’ can be difficult but is a necessary part of the industry. It could be giving the news to someone they were not successful, but it’s important to know that nothing is personal.”

Within the recruitment industry, relationships are formed, both with candidates and clients. When you have a bond, you don’t want to let the other person down. Lucy Eaton, Senior Recruitment Consultant says, “The people I work with, the support and help provided, goes beyond the client/candidate/consultant dynamic. However, you are not going to conquer every time, but that is something you learn to accept.”

Being a recruiter is an exciting and rewarding job, but the challenges are always present to accept and manage.

It comes with the territory, but an industry that has to manoeuvre the perks as well as the complexities.