A lot of highly qualified and trained youth are unemployed these days. There could be numerous reasons behind this. Firstly, population explosion has led to too many young people. Secondly, mushrooming of engineering and medicine colleges which have left aspiring students in a dilemma over career options. Thirdly, parental and peer pressure over professional choices. This has led to a youth which is qualified in only a particular set of requirements while the industry needs a different set of qualifications altogether. There is a sudden gap between the student and industry.
Job Consultants can play an important role in this regard and help bridge this gap. These consultants not only offer the right set of opportunities but also help in assisting through training programs. Several steps of interviews are conducted, which include group discussions and personality tests, and then the right candidate is chosen. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications and experience, the relevant opportunity is offered. Hence, a consultant’s responsibility is not just of finding the right job but also the right employee for that opportunity. But, being a consultant can be a daunting and challenging job in itself. To refer to various companies, organize a list of the several employment opportunities and then interview to select the right candidates could be a long stressful process. A consultant needs to invest a lot of time, energy and efforts into this job of finding jobs for other people.
Some of the major responsibilities of a consultant include-constantly find new businesses from client companies and update the list of openings; acquire an in-depth knowledge of the specific requirements of the client, which include the job description, salary package, location of work etc. and maintain a thorough database of candidates by managing a cordial relationship with colleges and training firms. Also, consultants need to reach their targets of filling the vacancies successfully. Meeting such targets will not only ensure a good service but also build a loyal relationship with the clients.
Maintaining a cordial relationship with potential employee sources like colleges, training firms and research institutes can help in the long run. This will ensure the staffing company gets the right applications which are crucial in fulfilling the objective of filling the vacancies. The consultant is also responsible for designing a revised and thorough program for the selection process. Every step of the selection process needs to be thoroughly explained to the candidates so that they can prepare themselves accordingly.
Balancing the relationship between companies and candidates can be tough at times. Hence, it is good to present the client with the candidate’s appropriate qualification with experience and accordingly present the candidate with the selection process terms & conditions and their responsibilities at the client company. Also, both the parties involved need to be suggested on handling the salary packages, pay rates, training programs and career progression in the future. Maintaining the balance between the employers and the employees is vital for a consultant’s career. The best way to do this is to develop a firm bond of trust and faith with both the communities.