Signing up with a Recruitment Agency:

by | Mar 19, 2013 | Careers And Jobs

Looking for employment can be a very time taking and frustrating effort. Though one can find hundreds of jobs listed in newspapers, online job portals and the like, most of the times these jobs are not what one is looking for. In such a scenario one should look for a suitable recruitment agency to get the job one desires. Recruitment agencies usually have a wide range of jobs on offer, covering all the different industries. They also have information about jobs that have not been advertised anywhere.

However before you sign up with a recruitment agency, you should prepare yourself well. The first thing to check out is your CV. If you do not have one, then go ahead and make it. Take help of a friend who has a good CV, you can also check the Internet. It has hundreds of articles which instruct you about writing an effective CV, you can also get very good sample CVs that would help you design your own. That is all about creating a CV. If you already have a CV you should regularly update it so that it reflects your current status. You should also keep changing the format to keep it up with the latest trends. Many times you will also need to makes changes according to the requirements of different jobs.

Having a good CV in place is a strong first step. Then you should research about the reputed recruitment agencies in your city/area. Shortlist a few and visit them. Before signing up with a recruitment agency develop an understanding of the following things:

  • How well they understand the industry you would like to work in.
  • How well connected they are in the industry of your preference.
  • How proactive they are in finding jobs for their clients.

Check out people who have got jobs through that particular agency. You can use the Internet for this purpose.

Though recruitment agencies are there to provide employment, there is no dearth of fly-by-night operators who dupe the employers as well as the employment seekers. So you should be careful about signing up with one. It is important that you are comfortable with the recruitment agency you have signed up with and can trust them, since they would be dealing with your personal details.  You should make sure that you are not coaxed into taking up jobs which you do not want to do. Representatives of certain recruitment agencies actually follow such practices, because it fulfils their targets and increases the revenue of their agency.

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