How To Find The Best Job Agencies
Which job agencies you pick to represent you will make a big difference to how quickly you find a job.
Pick a great agency and they'll quickly find you a new job, but get it wrong and you'll still be waiting to hear from them 6 months later.
On this page, you'll learn how to ensure you get the best agencies to want to take you on and how to avoid selecting a poor agency that won't help advance your job search campaign or career.
Make A Good First Impression
- Always treat each and every job agency you come into contact with in a totally professional manner and always do exactly what you say you will do within the time frame they ask.
- Never waste their time by sending them a poor CV. If your CV isn't very good, then get a CV writer from Bradley CVs to substantially improve it for you. An agency's consultants won't have time to rewrite your CV for you.
- Make their job easier by giving them an excellent CV. If your CV is poor, they simply won't bother sending it to an employer.
- Make yourself available for an interview when they request it and turn up on time and thoroughly prepare for each interview. Remember that as well as representing yourself, you are also representing the job agency.
- If you are late or unprepared for the interview, it will reflect badly on you and the agency itself. As well as not getting a second interview or a job offer, the agency won't want to send you to another client, when the first client they sent you to isn't impressed by you being late and ill-prepared.
How To Pick Good Job Agencies
Recommendations are always one of the best ways of picking good and reliable job agencies:
- Only ever ask people you trust for a recommendation, such as a colleague you are close to from work or a friend or former colleague in a similar sector / profession as yourself.
- Make sure the person you ask knows that you'd like to keep it quiet that you are looking for a job. You may not want your existing employer to know immediately that you are looking for a job, particularly if this may make it difficult for you at work.
- You might also want to take a look at our UK recruitment agencies finder to find an agency within your specific profession / sector.
- It's a good idea to thoroughly check out any job agencies you are interested in working with before you make initial contact. You don't want to end up with a poor agency that may ruin your career by doing something unprofessional.
- We recommend that you pick an agency that is a member of a professional body, such as the Recruitment & Employment Confederation. This ensures that you should get redress should anything go wrong and means that the agency should adhere to a formal code of professional conduct.
- Job agencies can't charge you for finding you a job (they are paid a fee by the employer) - the only exception in the UK is modelling agencies, who typically charge to put together a professional portfolio for you.
Don't Put Up With Poor Job Agencies
If one of the job agencies you choose to represent you doesn't give you good customer service, then don't be afraid to 'drop them'.
Remember that there are plenty of other agencies, so if one doesn't work out, there will always be another agency that you can use to replace them.
You should really consider very carefully dropping any job agencies that:
- Don't call you when they've promised to - you shouldn't have to continually chase an agency. Although, it is still a good idea to check-in with them every so often.
- Send your CV to an employer without your permission. This could be damaging if you didn't want your CV sent to this employer or you were already in the running for a job with this employer.
- Send your CV to an employer with your permission and then failing to provide you with any feedback about whether you were successful or not.
- Don't provide any feedback after you've attended an interview with an employer. At the very the agency should telephone you to say that the client is still considering things or perhaps tell you that there are still some more interviews to conduct.
Of course, if you only send an agency a poor CV, then you can't really expect them to do anything with it. Remember they get paid by the employer, so they won't bother with you if you can't supply them with a good CV that sells you and your capabilities to an employer - they'll just send someone else's CV instead.
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