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The Definitive Guide to Job Hunting 6: A Regional Recruiter’s View

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So far, this blog series has explored how to find a job through agencies. I am conscious that everything I have posted so far comes from my own personal point of view. Because I work on  a national basis, my approach is also pretty broad.

To make sure that the blog series remains objective, I have asked another independent recruiter from a different specialist area to provide his point of view.

Richard Johnson is the MD of a Regional recruitment agency, BA Recruitment in Derbyshire. They specialise in financial recruitment:

” I am often asked about how many applications I receive and the quality of those applications. If the following can be taken on board by just a few candidates, it will make the life of job seekers easier when working with their local Recruitment agency.

  • Research local Recruitment agencies websites. Type in the search “ Recruitment Agencies and the location. You will first of all notice that there are a lot of aggregator sites, then jobboards, then Recruitment Agency directories and the like. Keep looking and the Recruitment Agencies will start appearing. (They don’t spend as much time and money on getting the main search engines to find them) Check the website. Do they have jobs? Do they have a testimonial page? How often is it updated? Is there a contact page?
  • Prepare your CV well. There is no excuse nowadays not to have a well laid out informative and eye catching CV. Look on the internet, it’s all there, free of charge.
  • Contact the Recruitment agencies and listen carefully to their responses to you. Are they professional and knowledgeable? Do they listen to what you are looking for? Would you want them to work on your behalf? If the answer is yes, let them know that you will be sending in your CV and get a contact name for future reference.
  • Send your CV when you say you will. Include a short cover note explaining who you have spoken to and a brief idea of the job that you are looking for. Where and approx what sort of salary you will be looking for. Follow up with a phone call (24 hours after sending it) ask about going in to see them and get registered. Be prepared to go in and see the various agencies.
  • Arrive 5-10 minutes early. Dressed for an interview.
  • Be prepared to answer questions, fill in forms, complete psychometric tests. Allow around 1 to 2 hours per visit. Some Recruitment agencies may ask you to make a short video of your interview with them.
  • Have an idea of what you want to do in the future or with your career and tell your consultant. I meet many people that say “I don’t mind” What we as recruiters hear is “I don’t care”.
  • Ask how they market their candidates. It’ll give you an idea of what to expect.
  • Follow up call after one week and weekly thereafter. Ask what the market place is doing, more jobs less jobs. At this point Recruitment Consultants may want to get you off the phone – PERSEVERE!! You deserve to be listened too.
  • If you can, pick up to 3 local recruitment agencies that you feel that you can work with and keep contact with them (weekly)
    Send Recruitment agencies an up to date CV (if you have changed it)
  • Don’t ever be rude. Plain good manners are expected from you as well as your recruitment consultant.
  • Working with Recruitment agencies in the United Kingdom is totally free of charge for Job Seekers. Make us work for you!”

I am very grateful for Richard’s practical and specific contribution. Access BA Recruitment’s website on

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