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Definitive Guide to Job Hunting – How do I “sign up” to an agency?

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Years ago, people would go the Job Exchange to sign up and get a new job. Nowadays, the recruitment industry has largely moved online, and the practice of “signing up” to an agency or two when you need to find a job is a bit redundant.

Now, the candidate is fully in control over where they find a job and have the final decision over how its done.

When selecting any recruitment agency, make sure that they are suitably positioned to help you. The recruitment industry is highly specialist and it makes sense to choose those agencies that work in the sectors where you want to work. Of course, if you are looking for a local role then signing up with a national agency is not sensible – Keep your focus on where you want to be and what you want to do.

But don’t only rely on the agencies where you “sign up” in the early days – Also apply online to jobs that suit your expectations and skill set.

Due to the volumes of ad responses and applications agencies receive, it has become commercially and physically impossible to reply to every single applicant so don’t take offense if your don’t hear back from everyone. But rest assured that, if your CV suits the job, they will contact you! But you must make sure that you only apply to jobs that really do reflect your experience and transferable skills.

It is good to have your CV live on a few agency databases so you can be found when they search for applciants, and also post your CV to the jobs boards. Make sure that you use typical search terms in your CV – Including the industry, job title, area, etc will make you more findable.

In the end, the most important thing is for you to find the job you want. So sticking with only one agency might not be in your interest because that agancy will definitely not have access to all the jobs in your sector.

However, it is also not advisable to spray your CV everywhere so select carefully and if you are not satisfied with the results, go elsewhere but be selective


Written by Cathy Richardson

September 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

Posted in Recruitment

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