Make the most of the services that recruitment agencies offer when you’re looking for a job.
The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) is the professional body for the recruitment industry. All REC members must abide by a Code of Professional Practice. Above all, the REC is committed to raising standards and highlighting excellence throughout the recruitment industry.
To help jobseekers make the most of the services of recruitment professionals, we have developed this quick guide.
Think about what you want from your next job, especially what sector you want to work in, and what job level you want to work at. For example, if you are only looking for senior management level jobs, it makes sense to approach recruitment consultants who specialise in executive search – or if you want to work as a driver, try agencies who specialise in driver recruitment. Some REC member agencies recruit for many different industry sectors, and some are specialists. Visit REC’s Sector Groups to find agencies that recruit for the sector you want to work in.
When you contact a recruitment agency, give the consultant as much information as possible. This will help them find you the right job. Decide what salary you are looking for, what locations you are willing to work in (ie how far you are willing to travel to work), what type of role you want to do and if there are any jobs that you wouldn’t do, or any types of organisations you wouldn’t work for.
Make sure your CV is accurate and up to date. This will save you and the recruitment agency a lot of time. Consider any advice from your recruitment consultant about improving your CV - remember they are the professionals and they want to help you get a job.
Once you’ve registered with an agency, keep in regular contact with your recruitment consultant. Call them once a week and let them know you are still looking.
Talk to your consultant if they are not finding you work. There may be a number of reasons for this. It may be because there isn’t enough of the type of work you want, or that you may need to adjust your salary expectations, for example, because of the recession. You might also want to think about other types of work you are willing to do.
Don’t form your opinion of an agency based on their website alone. Check their credentials before sending your CV or posting it on their website. No recruitment agency should ask you to pay any fees in order to secure a job, so if they are, steer clear. Think twice about disclosing personal information that isn’t relevant to the job, such as your date of birth.
Use an REC member agency if possible. REC members must abide by our Code of Professional Practice and have committed to uphold the highest standards of recruitment practice. Look out for the REC logo on agency websites for peace of mind. To find an REC member agency now visit our Consultancy Finder.