Here is the 6th part in the series from Paul Mullan of Measurability.ie. Measurability offers career coaching to individuals looking to change careers as well as companies looking to train their staff for better things. If you have a question you can either leave it here or send Paul an email at email@example.com. The other articles can be found here in our articles section.
About Recruitment Agencies
Recruitment agencies can be great medium for jobseekers to find work and the most popular resource available. They offer an easy option to secure new work without getting your hands dirty. Having said all of this, I frequently hear jobseekers complaining about agencies, everything from the level of service, the attitude of consultants and the lack of activity generated. I agree that there are bad agencies in the market place but there are many good agencies.
It’s a free service – you get what you pay for.
Jobseekers seem to forget that recruitment agencies provide a free service so they should expect the level of service that you paid for. This way you won’t be disappointed. If you are not happy or more importantly not getting the results you want there are still other options available. Stop complaining and take alternative action. However if you want to use agencies here are some tips to get the best results.
Research the Agency
It is important to research the market and find agencies suitable for your requirements. To help with this it is useful to ask friends/colleagues to recommend agencies. Don’t be afraid to ask the agency questions about the areas they recruit and clients. Also don’t put all your eggs in one basket and register with a few agencies.
Be clear about what you want
Agencies put bums on seats and don’t want to deal with jobseekers not clear in what they want. Agencies generally do not offer career advice and don’t want to. They want to deal with people who are clear what they want as this makes their job easier. I would also be wary of advice offered by agencies and not accept all career advice at face value as there may be an agenda.
Build the relationship
Ideally meet with your consultant as this will help the working relationship. Most agencies should meet all jobseekers before they submit their details to clients. Stay in regular contact with your consultant (don’t stalk). This maintains the communication channel but also indicates that you are still on the market.
Be honest with your consultant. Keep them informed of your situation. Keep a recruitment log which will provide a clear indication of which companies your CV has been sent to. My biggest pet hate when I was in the sector was jobseekers not informing me that their CV had already been submitted to a company. This wastes a consultant’s time and can make them look unprofessional in the eyes of the client.
Article by Paul Mullan of Measurability.ie. Measurability offers Career Coaching to individuals (Career Direction, CV Design & Interview Coaching) and Assessment Solutions for businesses to improve their recruitment decisions. They are also holding a CV & Interview Skills workshop on Saturday September 29th, more details [here].
Measurability is running a CV & Interview Workshop on 20th October in Dublin City Centre. Email now for more details and to book a place.