Registering with recruitment agencies is another way of finding job opportunities for both professional and more casual/temporary work. Some recruitment agencies specialise in specific sectors and roles, while others will recruit across a range of industries.
They can be a very useful part of your job search strategy but it is important to consider the following advice when working with them:
- no recruitment agency should ask for money to find you work or specialised training - they generally charge a finder’s fee to their employer clients.
- target your approach when using recruitment agencies, and identify specialist recruitment agencies in your chosen area of work.
- resist the temptation to list with as many recruitment agencies as you can. Choose one or two local agencies and one or two national agencies, depending on the geographical areas and job sectors you are searching.
- many recruitment agencies will telephone you for an introductory discussion so remember that first impressions count! You should be prepared to talk about yourself and give a brief outline of your skills, qualifications and experience. You should also have a clear idea of what sorts of jobs you’re looking for. An agency will be more likely to promote you to their employer clients if they’re confident about you.
- build up a relationship with your recruitment consultant and keep in touch. Treat them as you would an employer, and maintain a professional and organised approach.
- follow the recruitment agency instructions when making applications for jobs they have advertised.
- an excellent source of reputable recruitment agencies can be found on the Recruitment and Employer Federation website.
- a couple of other links to the recruitment agency sector can be found at AgencyCentral and HireScores, and under recruitment agencies on Yell
- specialist recruitment agency details can be found in the course specific part of this website