Working With Recruitment Agencies

Working With Recruitment Agencies

Advice from Wendy Smith; Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – order on Amazon

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.

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A concise and practical little workbook. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

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.

Find this and my other books on my Amazon page at this link; http://ow.ly/BRSAL

Remember working with a career coach can really help job search. Get in touch at the Facing a mid-career dilemmaemail address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

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. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book your free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy Smith now at this Link 

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