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How to choose the right recruitment agency, write the perfect CV/resume, and prepare for your next job interview.

What is the REC?

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) is the professional body for the recruitment industry in the United Kingdom.

Recruitment agencies who join the REC agree to abide by a Code of Professional Practice, and must pass a Compliance Test every two years to continue being members. Above all, the REC is committed to raising standards and highlighting excellence throughout the recruitment industry.

If you're looking for a recruitment company, always look for one whose an REC member. 

Four steps for finding a recruitment agency

Choosing a recruitment agency doesn't have to be a difficult process. The following four steps will ensure you find the right recruiter every single time.

Step 1: Decide what kind of job you want

Think about what you want from your next job. Do you want a permanent or temporary role? Part time, or full time? Contractor or freelancer?

Step 2: Decide where you want to work

Consider what industry you want to work in, and at what level. 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.

The REC has members who specialise in recruiting for the following sectors:

Accounting & Financial Services Education 
Industrial  Office Professionals
Childcare  Engineering & Technical 
Legal & HR Rec to Rec
Construction  Health & Social Care
Life Sciences Sales & Retail
Drivers  Hospitality 
Marketing, Media, Communications
& Creative Industries
Technology

Step 3:  Search the REC's Member directory

The REC has made it easy for job seekers to find a recruitment company that suits them best. You can click here to search through our database of members by entering any:

Remember, REC member agencies must abide by our Code of Professional Practice. Members will have the REC logo somewhere on their website. No recruitment agency should ask you to pay any fees in order to secure a job. 

Step 4: Start making contact!

Once you've compiled a list of recruitment companies, start getting in touch. Most will have a website where you can submit your CV or resume, but the best thing to do is to arrange an initial meeting and register your details. That will give you a chance to meet the recruiter face-to-face and explain your situation in more detail.

Working with an agency

It's not enough to register with a recruitment agency and expect work to follow. The most successful job seekers are the most proactive.

Here are some things to bear in mind when working with an agency:

Give your recruiter as much information as possible

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.

Be proactive!

Keep in regular contact with your recruitment consultant. Call them once a week and let them know you are still looking for work.


What's it like to work as a temporary worker, freelancer, or contractor?  

More than a third of people in Great Britain have worked as a contractor, freelancer, or agency worker at some point in their careers. 

We asked five people at different points in their careers about their experience of flexible working. Watch their stories below: 

 

 
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