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There is more to using the services of a recruitment agency than meets the eye.
To help jobseekers make the most of the services of recruitment professionals, the REC works in partnership with a multitude of partners including Jobcentre Plus.
To get the most out of your relationship with your recruitment agency and make it a JobSafe experience, here are a few pointers:
- 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 your 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. Please visit our Sector Groups listings for a list of specialist agencies
- 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.
JobSafe is an REC initiative designed to empower jobseekers with the knowledge to confidently navigate around their recruitment options, make informed decisions and assist them in successfully getting their next job.
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