As a candidate searching for work, why use a recruitment agency?
You’ve decided to start looking for a new job, you sort of know what you want to do next, but equally would like a change from what you are currently doing. More money would be nice and a better working environment is definitely needed… but where do you start the search?
For many people looking for work, the process of finding a new career path or job can be quite daunting.Where are the best places to search for work? How do I go about sending them my CV? (That’s if you even have an up to date CV). What is that company actually like to work for? Will they pay the sort of money I’m looking for? Recruitment agencies have been trading for some time, it’s been reported that the first commercial job seeking agency was founded in 1893, so this really isn’t something new.
Our service is to work with the candidate (that’s you) and the client (the company looking for someone like you). I guess we are a bit like a match making service in that we want the best for you and we want the best for our client and our job is to jigsaw the two together bringing happiness to everyone.
1) It’s a free service – we get asked all the time how much is it to register with us. For anyone wanting us to work with them in finding the right role it’s totally free of charge, all that we ask is that you give us some of your time – usually up to an hour. This is so we can meet, have a coffee and a chat, get to know you and find out what you are looking for, what’s important/what’s not etc. Then the search is based around this information, plus, it’s nice for us to meet the people we then speak to on a regular basis.
2) The search starts – not in your lunchbreak, not after you’ve had your dinner and you get a few minutes to jump on your laptop, not in that week’s holiday when you also have a million other things to fit in – the search for employment involves us searching vacancies on an hourly, daily, monthly basis. Finding opportunities, discussing them with you.
3) We should know our clients and companies. It’s our job to know the people we are working with. So, if a vacancy comes up that we tell you about, we will also be telling you where they are, what parking is like, whether it is an open plan office, is it mega trendy, is it very traditional. Why has the role come up, realistically what do they want to pay someone? Lots of info you would never know just from an advert you noticed online.
4) Timing – We often hear about vacancies before they get advertised. Maybe it’s because we know someone is about to hand their notice in with a client, or maybe we work very closely with a company that they tell us their plans before vacancies get signed off. A lot of companies don’t advertise their roles so just because vacancies aren’t being shown on a company website, doesn’t mean they aren’t recruiting.
5) Honesty/Communication – if you sent a CV to a company and didn’t hear back, would you call them to chase, I bet most people wouldn’t. But that’s our job to chase. To make sure your CV has been read, that we gain feedback whether your CV is of interest or not. What is it that the company aren’t sure of. How many other people have applied. We would ask the questions that most people probably wouldn’t if applying for a role directly.
6) Interviews – If we have worked with that client before we will have a better understanding of the style of interview. Possibly know the person who is interviewing you and the format they usually follow. Do they give feedback and make a decision quickly, or do they usually wait a day or so before giving an outcome. We can even tell you the best place to park, whether they are on the 6th floor and there isn’t a lift. Or that everyone in the office wears business suits so the dress code should be mega smart.
7) Salary – most people hate talking money and often don’t know how to bench mark themselves against what their salary should be in the current market. We should know who pays what. Whether a company have the extra budget to pay someone who has a justifiable reason to ask for a bit more. Equally we know when it’s just not realistic to ask a company for a certain amount.
8) We want you to get a job, that’s how we earn our money. But equally we also have a reputation that we need to keep and we need to make sure that you are happy in a role and stay as that’s not going to look good on us if you leave after a brief time because the role or company weren’t right and our match making resulted in a divorce!!!
So why not give a recruitment agency a go the next time you are looking for a change. Although we all do the same thing, we are all a little bit different and I think you need to find an agency that suits you, that you feel comfortable with and one that recruits the types of roles you are looking for. High Street agencies usually have the volume and work with very large employers, boutique/independent agencies usually don’t work on the volume but offer a more personal service.
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