We are sometimes asked by jobseekers who have never used an agency before whether using a recruitment agency is the way forward with regards to job searching. We have included a few pointers from the website of the REC (Recruitment and Employment Federation) who are the representative body for the UK’s recruitment and staffing industry on how to get the best out of your job or recruitment agency
- Keep regular contact with them – make a note to ring them weekly
- Give them all the information they need to make the job search easy
- Be honest with the type of job you are looking for and your salary expectations
- Tell them if there is a particular type of job you don’t want
- Keep your CV accurate and up-to-date
- Consider any advice from your consultant about improving your CV
(remember they are professionals and they want to help you get a job)
- Talk to your agency if they are not finding you work. It may be because there isn’t enough of the type of work you want and you might want to think about other types of work you are willing to do.
- Some REC member agencies specialise in industry sectors, so your chances to get your ideal job maybe greater with a specialist agency.
- Don’t form your opinion of an agency based on their website alone. Check their credentials before sending your CV
- Be wary of posting your CV onto a website without investigating the agency first
- Think twice before disclosing personal information (such as your date of birth) that is not relevant to the job
- Learn to treat your CV as you would your bank cards and PINs
- Use an REC member agency if possible. To find an agency please visit our Consultancy Finder.