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Working As An Executive Search Consultant

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Staffing Organizational Units
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $73,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Executive Search Consultant Do

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle tasks related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

Duties

Human resources specialists typically do the following:

  • Consult with employers to identify employment needs
  • Interview applicants about their experience, education, and skills
  • Contact references and perform background checks on job applicants
  • Inform applicants about job details, such as duties, benefits, and working conditions
  • Hire or refer qualified candidates for employers
  • Conduct or help with new employee orientation
  • Keep employment records and process paperwork

Human resources specialists are often trained in all human resources disciplines and perform tasks throughout all areas of the department. In addition to recruiting and placing workers, human resources specialists help guide employees through all human resources procedures and answer questions about policies. They sometimes administer benefits, process payroll, and handle any associated questions or problems, although many specialists may focus more on strategic planning and hiring instead of administrative duties. They also ensure that all human resources functions comply with federal, state, and local regulations. 

The following are examples of types of human resources specialists:

Human resources generalists handle all aspects of human resources work. They may have duties in all areas of human resources including recruitment, employee relations, compensation, benefits, training, as well as the administration of human resources policies, procedures, and programs. 

Placement specialists match employers with qualified jobseekers. They search for candidates who have the skills, education, and work experience needed for jobs, and they try to place those candidates with employers. They also may help set up interviews.

Recruitment specialists, sometimes known as personnel recruiters or head hunters,” find, screen, and interview applicants for job openings in an organization. They search for applicants by posting listings, attending job fairs, and visiting college campuses. They also may test applicants, contact references, and extend job offers.

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How To Become An Executive Search Consultant

Human resources specialists must usually have a bachelor’s degree.

Education

Applicants seeking positions as a human resources specialist must usually have a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field.

Coursework typically includes business, industrial relations, psychology, professional writing, human resource management, and accounting.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Some positions, particularly human resources generalists, may require previous work experience. Candidates can gain experience as human resources assistants, in customer service positions, or in other related jobs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many professional associations that specialize in human resources offer courses intended to enhance the skills of their members, and some offer certification programs. For example, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) offers the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Although certification is usually voluntary, some employers may prefer or require it. Human resources generalists, in particular, can benefit from certification because it shows knowledge and professional competence across all human resources areas. 

Advancement

Human resources specialists who possess a thorough knowledge of their organization, as well as an understanding of regulatory compliance needs, can advance to become human resources managers. Specialists can increase their chance of advancement by completing voluntary certification programs.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Human resources specialists use decisionmaking skills when reviewing candidates’ qualifications or when working to resolve disputes.  

Detail oriented. Specialists must be detail oriented when evaluating applicants’ qualifications, performing background checks, maintaining records of an employee grievance, and ensuring that a workplace is in compliance with labor standards. 

Interpersonal skills. Specialists continually interact with new people and must be able to converse and connect with people from different backgrounds. 

Listening skills. Listening skills are essential for human resources specialists. When interviewing job applicants, for example, specialists must pay careful attention to candidates’ responses, understand the points they are making, and ask relevant followup questions. 

Speaking skills. All specialists need strong speaking skills to be effective at their job. They often give presentations and must be able to clearly convey information about their organizations and jobs within them.

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Executive Search Consultant Career Paths

Executive Search Consultant
Senior Recruiter Recruitment Manager Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Account Manager
Recruitment Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Recruiter Account Manager Human Resources Manager
Regional Director, Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Project Manager Partner
Senior Partner
9 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Staffing Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director Of Talent Acquisition
11 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Executive Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Corporate Recruiter Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Talent Acquisition Manager Talent Manager Human Resources Business Partner
Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Associate Office Manager Administrative Manager
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Associate Office Manager Office Manager Of Human Resources
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Talent Acquisition Manager
Talent Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Recruiter Technical Recruiter
Resource Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Recruiter Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Consultant
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Recruiter Human Resources Generalist Staffing Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Staffing Manager
Manager, Recruitment Operations
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Consultant 2.4 years
Recruiting Lead 2.4 years
Regional Recruiter 2.3 years
Search Consultant 2.1 years
Recruiter 2.1 years
Talent Recruiter 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Executive Search Consultant
Recruiter 15.2%
Internship 4.2%
Director 3.6%
Manager 3.6%
Consultant 3.5%
Associate 2.9%
Top Careers After Executive Search Consultant
Recruiter 19.8%
Consultant 5.2%
Director 3.5%
Principal 2.7%
Manager 2.7%

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Executive Search Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

48.3%

Female

41.5%

Unknown

10.2%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.9%

Chinese

10.5%

French

10.5%

German

7.9%

Mandarin

7.9%

Czech

5.3%

Carrier

5.3%

Slovak

5.3%

Italian

5.3%

Russian

2.6%

Gujarati

2.6%

Hindi

2.6%

Dutch

2.6%

Polish

2.6%
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Executive Search Consultant Education

Schools

University of Houston

8.8%

University of Phoenix

8.0%

Michigan State University

7.2%

Ohio State University

6.4%

Hofstra University

6.4%

DePaul University

5.6%

Northeastern University

5.6%

New York University

4.8%

University of North Texas

4.8%

San Francisco State University

4.8%

Temple University

4.8%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.0%

Northern Illinois University

4.0%

College of New Rochelle

3.2%

Syracuse University

3.2%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.2%

Northwestern University

3.2%

University of Maryland - University College

3.2%
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Majors

Business

26.6%

Communication

8.9%

Human Resources Management

8.6%

Psychology

7.0%

Marketing

6.1%

Political Science

4.9%

Management

4.4%

Finance

4.2%

Counseling Psychology

4.0%

Economics

3.6%

English

3.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.2%

Accounting

2.7%

History

2.3%

Education

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Sociology

1.9%

International Business

1.5%

Computer Science

1.5%

Kinesiology

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.2%

Masters

25.3%

Other

12.7%

Associate

3.9%

Certificate

2.6%

Doctorate

2.0%

License

0.3%
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Highest Executive Search Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Executive Search Consultant Dore Partnership Inc. New York, NY Jul 15, 2016 $174,000
Executive Search Consultant Rice and Dore Associates Inc. New York, NY Aug 14, 2014 $125,000
Executive Search Consultant Valoure, Inc. Austin, TX Feb 19, 2013 $60,000
Executive Search Consultant Fazzina Company, Inc. Glen Ridge, NJ Nov 01, 2010 $52,000
Senior Executive Search Consultant Kaye/Bassman International Corporation Dallas, TX Sep 30, 2012 $48,194

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Top Skills for An Executive Search Consultant

  1. Potential Candidates
  2. Business Development
  3. New Clients
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Recruited, evaluated and assessed qualifications of potential candidates through the use of thorough interviewing and screening procedures.
  • Assisted business development activities by understanding market influences, tracking share performance and explaining relevant trends.
  • Placed 12 candidates and procured 5 new clients within first 10 months of employment; totaling over 190K in Billings.
  • Developed business and completed executive searches for a national retained executive search firm.
  • Maintained influential relationships with executives in the non-profit, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and higher education sectors throughout national market.

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