recruitment_and_employment_agencies by huanghengdong


									       Your Guide to Recruitment &
          Employment Agencies
Recruitment and Employment Agencies can be a useful tool in your job search strategy
and a great way of gaining valuable work experience. Many recruitment and
employment agencies will specialise in specific sectors of work, while others will deal
with a wide variety of vacancies.

Types of Recruitment/Employment Agencies

• Recruitment Agencies/Consultants find permanent staff on behalf of an
  organisation/employer. The key function of a recruitment agency is to select
  suitable candidates based on the requirements of the company. Many
  recruitment consultancies are highly specialised and recruit staff for specific
  career sectors or professional areas.
• Employment/Staffing Agencies supply staff to an organisation on a short-term
  or temporary basis. In practice, some employment agencies offer both permanent
  positions and temporary positions.

Recruitment and employment agencies should not charge you when you register with
them, they will get their fees paid for by employers using their services. However, they
may charge for additional services that they offer such as help with CVs or interview
techniques, so check this out before registering. The main difference between a
recruitment agency/consultancy and employment/staffing agency is that if you found
a permanent job through the help of a recruitment consultancy or agency you would
be employed by the organisation that you are working for. While if you found a
temporary position through an employment/staffing agency you would actually be
working for, and being paid by, the agency who are providing a service to that

Getting the most out of Agencies

• When you register with a recruitment or employment agency, be specific about the
  types of jobs you are interested in, the geographical locations and the level of salary
  you require. This will prevent them from putting you forward for unsuitable jobs
• Be well organised and keep a record of the agencies you have registered with and
  any vacancies you have been sent. Also keep track of any follow up action you need
  to take, for example interview dates
• Make sure you have a CV that really promotes your relevant skills, qualities,
  qualifications and experience. Ensure that your CV looks professional and has no
  spelling or grammatical errors
• Most agencies tend to have a large number of people registered with them, so be
  proactive and keep in touch regularly to let them know that you are still looking
  for work. If an agency has a website with vacancy listings make sure that you
  access this on a regular basis
• Some agencies will contact an employer after an interview to gain feedback on your
  performance - you could use this to improve your interview technique for future
• Ask the agency to show you any administration they will be sending to the
  employers on your behalf so that you can check it for accuracy and ensure it reflects
  you in the best possible light. Ask them to inform you of any jobs which they have
  put you forward for.
 Temporary work with Employment/Staffing Agencies

 Short term employment or 'temping' can be a useful 'back-door' into an organisation.
 Many organisations like to take on staff for a few days or weeks on occasions when
 they need additional help. Such temporary positions can often become permanent
 should the person prove suitable.

 'Temping' can also be a valuable addition to your CV whilst searching for permanent
 employment. It is often possible to get regular assignments lasting for many weeks or
 months at a time, depending on the type of work you are prepared to do.

 For temping work you may be required to complete literacy and keyboard tests
 particularly if you are considering administrative type work.

 Note: If you are claiming Job Seekers Allowance, or other benefits, your entitlement
 may be affected - check with your Jobcentre or Benefits Agency Office, and keep
 copies of your timesheets / payslips.

 How to find Agencies

 There are literally hundreds of recruitment and employment agencies listed in the
 yellow pages - search under employment agencies. Use search
 engines to identify online recruitment agencies that specialise in the sector or location
 you are interested in. Also look in the recruitment sections of national and local
 newspapers as well as specialist career publications. Check out Prosper Recruitment - a university based recruitment consultancy which advertises
 graduate level opportunities in Wales. In addition, access university careers service
 websites as they are another useful source to help you identify recruitment agencies

 Recruitment Agencies have a professional association which ensures members meet
 certain standards. Ask the agency if it is a member of the Recruitment and
 Employment Confederation or find out from their website: In
 addition, check - a service provided by the Recruitment
 and Employment Confederation to assist you in locating recruitment agencies in your
 area or career sector.

 Find out which agencies specialise in the area of work which interests you and target
 those first. To register with an agency either telephone or call in to arrange a
 meeting. Make sure you take a copy of your CV with you. Don't forget to check out
 on-line recruitment agencies that may have the facility to register your CV online.

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Services Department.

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