You have a few different options to explore when you are job searching. You can search for relevant positions via the internet or local adverts and apply for jobs directly, or you can send your professional CV to an employment or recruitment agency who can start the job hunt for you.
How does it work?
If you want to widen your job search then sending your CV to an employment agency can be really beneficial. An employment agency works with companies of all shapes and sizes to recruit successful candidates into positions. If it is a general rather than specialist agency there are usually quite a lot of varied job roles available. It’s their job to find their clients good candidates and to find you employment. If job hunting is taking up a lot of your time then an employment agency could be the right path for you. After you submit your CV along with your cover letter they will usually call you to conduct a brief telephone interview. They will ask you what you are looking for, what your salary expectations are and they will ask you to highlight relevant skills and achievements. Your details are then kept on file until they match a job role. The recruiter will then call you to discuss the position and if you would like to be submitted. They will then take care of the rest – including interview preparation and, if you get the job, salary negotiations. It is always a good idea to keep your own job search alive – a recruitment agency could take months to find you the right role so don’t rely on them solely.
Things to be aware of
There are so many agencies around today so it is crucial you choose the right one for you, here are some points to be aware of whilst making your selection:
- If you are looking for a specific job role or want to work in a specific industry you need to contact specialist agencies. They will work harder to find you a specialist role and will have more contacts in the industry you want to be in.
- Ensure they are a reputable company – do your homework before contacting them.
- Update your CV and be prepared to write a variety of cover letters for each position you’re invited to apply for.
- Call the agency before sending your CV to introduce yourself.
- Check in with the agency once a week and keep updated with their website.
- Be honest – if an employment agency asks your salary expectations, be honest. If you quote less than you actually want then they are likely to approach you with irrelevant roles which will waste your time.