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#SharonSpeaks – Approaching the right recruitment agency

Are you are currently looking for a new job, but fed up of sending off CVs and application forms and never hearing back from anyone?

Looking for a new job can be a tough and time consuming task. This is where recruitment agencies come in.  You’ve possibly heard the saying, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Recruitment agencies have the relationships with their client which puts you at an advantage already than if you approached the company directly.

When deciding on which recruitment agency to approach, first think about the career and industry you want to work in, a lot of recruitment agencies specialise in a specific area, whether it’s teaching, marketing, IT, social care etc. Do a bit of research and ask for recommendations from family and friends.

Some top tips for getting the most out of the right recruitment agency:

  • Pick up the phone. Recruitment agencies get a lot of emails so pick up the phone, introduce yourself and let them know the type of work you are looking for.
  • Make sure your CV is up to date before you send it to them.
  • Keep in touch with your recruitment consultant; it will keep you in the forefront of their mind so if they have any jobs come in that fit your skills then you will already be on their radar.
  • Ask for feedback: if you are not selected for interview or get passed interview stage than ask the recruitment agency for feedback.
  • Does the recruitment agency give you access to free training? Any chance to enhance your skills and self-development should be grabbed with both hands.

If a recruitment agency looks after its own staff, chances are they are going to look after you. Check out their website and see whether they have won any awards or whether they have Investor in People (IIP) status.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) reported that since the recession, recruitment agencies have helped 4 million people find a new permanent job.

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