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How Do Recruitment Agencies Work?

30th Jan 2019

How do recruitment agencies work?

Finding a job isn’t always an easy process… But here at The Personnel People we can help YOU.

Whatever stage you’re at in your career, having the right people guiding you through your job search can make all the difference when it comes to finding the right role. And one of the best resources you can take advantage of are recruitment agencies.

Not sure how they work? Here’s a quick guide to recruitment agencies, and a few tips to help get you started.

What is a recruitment agency?

Recruitment agencies match candidates to job vacancies, working with companies directly to help fill their job roles.

Their recruitment consultants’ source new opportunities, edit and optimise CVs & candidate profiles, and even provide pointers to help candidates prepare for interviews.

Essentially, they streamline the whole job seeking process

How do recruitment agencies work?

Recruitment agencies work in several different ways.

Initially, a company will get in touch with them to say they have a role on offer. The recruitment agency will then either:

  • Look at their current database, to find matching candidates
  • Post the job online to source applicants with the right skills

When they’ve sourced some suitable candidates that match what the client is looking to recruit in the job role, they’ll then send them through to the company for approval, and generally arrange interviews for the best-matching candidates.

How do i join a recruitment agency?

Many agencies will let you come straight into the office to sign up for work.

However, it’s always worth calling or emailing ahead and making an appointment, just to make sure they have roles available in your industry.

Alternatively, if you’ve added your CV to an online database, recruitment consultants may contact you directly to let you know they have a relevant role.

How do I apply for jobs through agencies?

Your recruitment consultant will act as the middle-man between you and the recruiter, sending in your CV and putting you forward for an interview.

If your application is successful, they’ll help with interview preparation and give you lots of tips and pointers, from providing you with directions, to advising you on what to wear on the day.

You’ll then be able to walk into that interview feeling totally prepared, with everything you need to nail it.

What are the benefits of using a recruitment agency?

Finding a job through a recruitment agency has a lot of advantages.

Firstly, they’ll often have built up good relationships with a lot of top employers, giving you exclusive access to their jobs. You’ll also get put forward for positions that you wouldn’t otherwise have heard about.

Other benefits of using a recruitment agency include:

  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Expert interview coaching
  • Constructive feedback from each interview and employer
  • Specialist advice for your chosen field
  • Being put forward for any relevant roles that come up

How much does using a recruitment agency cost?

You should never be charged to use a recruitment agency when looking for work.

Consultants are paid by the employers, and receive their fee based on whether you’ve successfully started in a role. There should be no payment directly from the individual.

What happens once i've got a job?

Once you’ve secured the job, the role of your agency doesn’t stop there.

They’ll handle all the paperwork and other formalities and liaise with your new employer to make sure everything is in place for your first day and beyond.  They can even negotiate your salary for you and make sure you get the best package out there.

Essentially, it’s in their best interest to make sure they find a role that’s right for you – and make it as easy as possible for you to apply and get started.

Job hunting can be a lonely process, but it becomes so much less so when you’re with a recruitment agency - Contact The Personnel People today to discuss further…

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