Finding a new job can seem like a daunting task, you need obtain references, make sure your CV is up-to-date and fill in all those job application forms. Signing up with a recruitment agency can be a great way to simplify the process of finding work, and learn about suitable vacancies as soon as they become available.
In order to get the best from your recruitment agency, check out the following top tips:
1. Find a local agency
It takes time for recruitment agencies to build an expansive relationship network with local employers, so try to partner with an agency that has deep roots. Trak Recruitment Agency has served Swindon for over 10 years, and has strong relationships with employers in and around Swindon.
2. Meet your recruiter face-to-face
You CV may stand out from the crowd, but it’s still only a piece of paper and no substitute for a face-to-face meeting where you have the opportunity to answer questions, demonstrate your punctuality, and show your recruiter what sort of working environment you would best be suited to. Treat the meeting as though it were a real job interview and dress accordingly. If you arrive wearing a suit and freshly polished shoes, the recruiter will have a good idea of what their client will see if they present you for an interview.
3. Be open and transparent
Prospective employers will often contact previous employees for a reference as standard procedure, so if your job history includes something that may be perceived as negative, don’t try to hide it through omission or mistruth. Instead be open and transparent, then outline the steps you took to address the issue.
4. Demonstrate your commitment
When a recruiter presents you for interview, they are essentially saying to the employer “I think this person is ideal for the position” If the candidate fails to attend the interview or acts in an unprofessional manner, this reflects badly on the recruiter and damages their reputation.
Demonstrating your commitment and gaining the trust of your recruiter can be an excellent way to secure the best placements. Always treat your recruiter as if he or she were a prospective employer.
5. Make sure your CV is available in Word format
When a recruitment agency presents your CV to a client, they need to carefully edit it beforehand, and remove any confidential information.
PDF format is great for creative layouts, but this format does pose issues when it comes to editing. For this reason, make sure your CV is also available in Word format. You might also consider making a “pre-sensored” PDF version that omits your name, address, contact details and references.
6. Provide regular updates
Remember to call your recruiter after each interview and let them know how the interview went. Your recruiter will definitely want to speak to you before they contact the client to get their feedback. If your availability, location, or wage expectations change, be sure to let your recruiter know as soon as possible.
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