Working With Recruitment Agencies
Working with recruitment agencies – these days most job searchers sign up with several recruitment agencies. There are all kinds of agencies. They range from large companies that work nationally, and some internationally, across many sectors to small niche agencies that specialize in particular sectors or particular geographical areas. It is a good idea to make contact with a number – you can find lots of them on-line.
A good recruitment agency will keep you up to-date with what is going on in the job market and help you prepare for any opportunity they offer you. Many agencies will have a mix of permanent and interim/contract roles. Register with the agencies with whom you feel comfortable. Make sure they are keeping you up to date with their vacancies.
Working with recruitment agencies – don’t be naive
Most recruitment agencies do a good job for employers and job seekers. But don’t be naive and forget that the employer is the real client. Nevertheless it is in the agency’s interest to help you succeed and you should expect courtesy. With the best you will get real support. However many recruit young graduates who are bright but probably know less than you do about the recruitment and very little about the employers’ real needs.
Be aware that because so many people are looking for work, people without real expertise have started recruitment companies and on-line job sites. Even well qualified and experienced recruiters may be overwhelmed with numbers. Large agencies may mean less of a personal touch but small agencies can find themselves without the resources to cope with responses to popular jobs. Always ask lots of questions about what they offer and check friends and relatives for recommendations.
If you can, develop and keep up a real relationship with recruiters but recognize that pressures on them can lead to what appears to be an uncaring attitude. It is up to you help them to help you; nobody cares more than you do about your job search.
Other resources for the job seeker
As a job seeker, there are lots of useful techniques to learn or to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in my handy little pocket book.
A concise and practical little work book. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.
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Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues.