How to Choose a Recruitment Agency – As a Candidate

There are two different kinds of candidates, those who are already working but seeking something better and those who don’t have employment. Whatever type you belong to there comes a point when you start feeling the pressure and may start panicking. The money is running low or you’ve spent an enormous time trying to find a job, with no luck. But don’t despair since there is something else you can do. The solution to your trouble is finding a suitable recruitment agency which will help you find employment. Putting things in the hands of professionals when it comes to finding employment is a trend which is becoming more popular every day. Employers sometimes prefer this method in finding staff – rather than hiring people who knock on their doors or send CVs the conventional way. So – how do you choose the right employment agency to ensure your best representation in the job market?

Well choosing the best recruitment agency means finding one that will best suit your needs. Finding the right agency may seem a tiring process but there are some things you need to keep in mind which can help ease your choice.

Ask your business associates and your other contacts for agencies they have used or recruiters they know. You can also check popular job boards to see which agencies post for jobs.

Make a list in Excel and fill up details like names, emails, contact numbers, location and so on. You can easily find this information on the company’s website or via LinkedIn. Update this list at regular intervals or whenever you get new information.

Think about your requirements and expectations that you want the agency to provide.

Contact several different agencies to find out about the services they offer for candidates with your background.

You should have an honest and open communication with the recruiter so be clear about your experience, qualifications, the type of company you want to work for, its location and your salary requirements.

It is important that you’re able to trust your agency so don’t hesitate to ask them about references. Then talk to those candidates that they have placed in the past to understand their experiences with the agency.

The recruitment agencies have a staffing representative called a headhunter or a recruitment consultant, whose job is to identify your skills so they can match them with an employer looking to fill an open job position. This is the person you will work with during your search so you should work on ‘selling’ your experience – and qualifications to them since they’ll be representing you in the eyes of the employer. This person should be a specialist in the sector you’re in, have a thorough understanding of your previous history, technical terms which people in your sector use, the company that they represent which offers the job, and the position you’re applying for so don’t hesitate to assess them. The quality of the headhunter is what is most important.

Try to choose an agency which offers resume/CV preparation and marketing services. Some agencies do this for free while some may charge. You can also ask for help to prepare you for the interviews.

Also make sure that the agency you want to subscribe to has a license or accreditation. This is to make sure that they follow a common code of conduct or industry standards.

Find out which recruitment software or ATS the agency is using. Generally agencies that are using the latest technologies are more efficient and responsive.

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