Working with a recruitment company while you are looking for a job can be a really positive step. They will have access to the latest jobs and might even know of vacancies that are not being advertised. But in order to find work through a recruitment company you need to trust them and you need to pick the right one for you.
There are thousands of different recruitment companies across the UK and all of them will be focusing on different things. Firstly there are temp and perm recruiters – so you need to assess whether you are looking for a temporary role or if you want something permanent.
Once this decision has been made you need to think about your career progression and what kind of industry you want to work in. There are a variety of different recruitment companies that cover different fields;
- Industry specific
- High street
- Manual work
After you have decided these you are in a position to approach a recruitment company. But here are a few other things to consider before you send off your CV template;
- Network. Using your professional network try and find out which recruitment companies have a high success rate. By speaking to other candidates about recruitment companies you can get a firsthand account of what they will be like to work with.
- Consider meeting them and taking your CV in person. Interviewing with a recruitment company is a great idea because not only does it give you extra job interview practice, but it allows you to find out more about the recruiter and the company’s work atmosphere. (If you want more advice about this topic read interviewing with a recruitment agency).
- Distance is a big factor. You shouldn’t be looking to join a recruitment company that is miles away from your house. There is every chance you will need to go in and see them, especially if you’re writing a cover letter for a specific job. You might want to run things by them and get some advice so make sure they are not too far away from where you live.