How to Use Recruitment Agencies Effectively
There are a number of ways to find a job these days, one of the most effective ways is to make use of a recruitment agency. The benefit of using this method is that if you choose wisely, you should have an agency that has all the experience and contacts to find you the most suitable vacancy.
Find the agenciesFind yourself a good list of agencies, consider whether that agency has to be local or in another county also think about if you need to have a specialist agency. For example, some areas industries such as finance or engineering have specific agencies or branches that have expert recruitment consultants working to find you a vacancy that matches your experience and skills.
What do you want?When you've selected your range of agencies, make sure you know exactly what you want, spend some time thinking about what sort of package you're looking for, think about what skills you've got and polish your CV. Most agencies will reformat your CV, so consider having one CV for job sites and one for recruitment agencies - this one should ideally focus more heavily on your skills and experiences.
Just as you ask questions in interviews, it's important to ask the recruitment consultant questions, find out as much about the position as you can and ideally ask for the job spec.
There is generally no incentive for agencies to send you to interviews you're not suitable for, however, don't be afraid to turn down an interview if you're confident it's not a vacancy you're interested in.
How do you register?Many recruitment agencies these days are solely Internet operations, so be prepared to register with them online and receive job offers by e-mail. They're still different than traditional job boards as agencies will have people that actually look through your CV's, discuss your requirements and arrange interviews.
Don't be afraid to call, even though we live in the world of the Internet, it's worth contacting the agency by telephone and ask if there are any new positions available.