When job searching gets really hard, it can be useful to have someone on your side who can look for new opportunities for you, and promote you to people that might want to hire you. Sound like something you need? Then signing up to a recruitment agency could be a really good idea.
Recruitment agencies are there to help you find employment. They’re free to use, and it’s in their best interest to get you into suitable employment, and so they’ll be looking out for you. By signing up to a recruitment agency you can have an initial interview with them, discuss your needs, hand over your CV, and then start to receive their help – simple as that!
It can be hard when applying for jobs to really sell yourself, as that is what all of the applicants are trying to do. Sometimes it just doesn’t sound so valid when it’s coming from own mouth. Recruitment agencies can help with this – they can promote you to employers, and also find suitable employers that you might be interested in. You can receive job updates by email, over the phone, or in person. They can help you pinpoint where exactly it is you need to be looking, and can also give you access to a wider variety of opportunities.
There are a couple of things that you need to think about before you sign up to an agency though. Firstly, make sure that the agency you are signing up with deals with the job sector you’re looking into. Lots of agencies will help a wide variety of people, but some focus on specific industries. If you can, try and sign up to the ones that know your preferred industry, and this should help you find more relevant jobs.
Don’t just sign up to one recruitment agency either – the more you’re signed up to, the more job opportunities will come your way! If you’re multi-tasking your recruitment agencies then you need to make sure that you’re being organised about it, but it generally would make sense that being signed up with several will maximise your chances of getting into employment.
Also make sure that you’re honest with them. There’s no point lying to them about what experience you have, and what jobs would be suitable for you, as then you’ll only receive inappropriate job offers from them.The recruitment agency are there to help you, so get them on side and be truthful about your experience, qualifications, and skills – that way they can help you as much as possible. Make sure they have a copy of your CV, and keep them informed of when things change.
If you haven’t already, then I thoroughly recommend you start looking at local recruitment agencies. Why try and do it all on your own, when there’s someone there to help you?