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Guide to Job Hunting – What do Recruitment agencies actually DO?

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I often get asked how I work, and whether I can help people find jobs. Often, I also speak to people who are very frustrated by the service they get from recruitment agencies and it seems that their expectations, and the reality of what actually happens, are miles apart.

It seems that the average job seeker simply doesn’t “get” what a recruiter does. If you’re planning on working with recruiters or with a staffing firm, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Tips for Working with Recruiters

  • Recruiters don’t find people jobs: The average job seeker has it all mixed up – recruiters don’t go out and find jobs, recruiters find candidates. They match candidates with open positions given to them by their client companies. Recruiters are tasked with filling these job requisitions. If you’re planning on working with recruiters, understand that they are often looking for very specific types of candidates – don’t get offended if you don’t match.
  • Recruiters are part of the bigger picture: With this in mind, job seekers should embrace one or more recruiters as part of their overall job seeking strategy – not as an end-all solution. Professional networking, social media sites, and other job seeking channels should still be used to maximize individual job leads. Job seekers should recognize that recruiters can open other doors for them and are inevitably part of the larger job market landscape.
  • Recruiters and job seekers need to work together: It’s all about teamwork. Job seekers should be honest about their credentials and in turn, recruiters will work hard to push their profile towards befitting opportunities. Be open and upfront about your current compensation and future expectations and recruiters will get the interviews rolling. If everything works out, the recruiter makes a placement and you get a new job – both sides win when there’s mutual respect and understanding.

If you engage with a Recruiter always remember that the Recruiter doesn’t work for you, but with you. Recruiters always have your best interests in mind (and they want you to get hired), but they can’t make individually tailored jobs appear out of thin air. The recruitment industry is driven by the jobs market, and currently there are far more job applicants than jobs. You can make it easier for all parties concerned by being positive, co-operative and understanding if you are not immediately successful.

Seeing eye-to-eye with recruiters isn’t all that complicated when you use their services as one of many valuable resources in your job seeking toolbox. If you are looking for a job, make sure you pursue every avenue available to you – and that working with recruiters in the correct fashion is part of your job search strategy.

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Written by Cathy Richardson

April 26, 2012 at 8:35 am

Posted in Recruitment

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  1. I am finding more and more employers and agencies on behalf of the employer are now insisting that a Credit reference check is completed in order to secure a job. Even though the FSA do not require it the company itself insists on this which clearly is wholly unneccasary and simply a means to pry into a persons private affairs and a means for a company to only employ who it considers appropriate to the likes of the business and not the qualifactions. This is so very wrong and in view of the economic climate in the UK and high unemployement. The governement wants people to get back to work yet employers are making it virtually impossible. This needs to be addressed by Parliament urgently.

    Anthony Cameron

    April 26, 2012 at 8:47 am


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