Remember in primary school when you had a crush? You wouldn’t tell the boy you liked him, instead you’d ask your friend to ask him if he was interested. She’d maybe slip your name into conversation or you would have her pass him a note decorated with purple hearts. Well, recruitment agencies kind of work in the same way. They are an intermediary between a company looking to fill an empty position and a job seeker looking to find the perfect fit.
How do recruitment agencies work?
For any company, the hiring process is a long and tiresome one, often costing the employer a great deal of time and money. In most cases, companies use an external recruiter, a recruitment agency.
Recruitment agencies work with a vast number of employers within all fields and job types. When a position in an organisation opens up, the position details and descriptions are sent to the recruitment agency. The recruitment agency looks through its database of job seekers and selects the candidates that best fit the job title. Agencies that have close relationships with organisations are also able to identify candidates that fit the company environment. Once the selection process has been completed, the agency notifies candidates to set up an interview with the hiring company.
Most recruitment agencies come at no fee for the job seeker. Recruitment agencies make commission from the hired candidate they have chosen.
Temp agencies work with employers who may need to fill a position for only a few weeks or months. In most cases, the ideal candidate is a well-rounded, multi-skilled and very flexible individual. Some agencies will offer temp to perm jobs, meaning that the temporary position may turn into a fulltime position if the candidate is a good fit for the job and company environment.
Executive recruiters or head-hunters are the recruiters or agencies that seek individuals to fill executive positions. This means the ideal candidate has over 15 years of experience in an upper level management position.
Should you use a recruitment agency?
The job search is tough, and these days it seems to getting even tougher. Some job seekers opt to use more than one agency. Though there is no harm in this, it is important to make sure that different agencies do not send your CV to the same job offer. Like the crush you had in primary school, seeming too desperate will only hurt your chances of being considered for the job.
Recruitment agencies are a great tool for the search, but they should not be your only tool. It’s important to use all available tools; this includes networking with friends or old colleagues, social media and job aggregators.
Before choosing a recruitment agency, make sure you do your research.
Specify your needs. If you’re looking for a job as an Accountant, it’s probably not a good idea to approach an agency that focuses on Law. Remember, the agency will look for positions that fit your skillset and experience, it’s essential that you find yourself at the appropriate agency.
Ask around. Your friends or family members may have used recruiting agencies during their job search. Talk to them about it; what advice do they have to offer you, do they have any agency suggestions?
Using a recruitment agency has considerable advantages. They are experts in their field and most have been working with the same companies for many years. Agencies can offer job seekers great insights into the job and company, and some may even help prepare a candidate for the interview.