The Jobseeker-Recruitment Agency Relationship: How to Make it Work for You

We recruitment agencies are here to help you find a perfect new opportunity but there are a few things you could do to help us along on the search for your new job. Below are a few hints and tips which will help speed up the job search process and help us help you find a new role.

  • Keep regular contact with them. Even if it is a friendly catch up phone call or a quick email just to keep them at the forefront of recruiters thoughts when a new role comes in.
  • Give them all the information they need to make the job search easy. For example if you have a work visa which expires please tell your recruiter as we may be able to do some research on your behalf to find out information on other visas or how to extend your visa.
  • Be honest with the type of job you are looking for and your salary expectations. Be sensible with your salary expectations, if you are currently on £20,000 it would be unlikely that we would be able to achieve a £100,000 salary for you.
  • Tell them if there is a particular type of job you don’t want. Also tell them of any particular job or company that you would like to work for. If there aren’t any current vacancies recruiters are able to target those companies or may have existing contacts that they can tap into.
  • Keep your CV accurate and up-to-date. If you change phone numbers, email addresses or move house, please let us know so you don’t miss out.
  • Consider any advice from your consultant about improving your CV (remember they are professionals and they want to help you get a job)
  • Let your recruiter know if you’re CV has been submitted by another agency or directly by you to a company. If your CV has already been submitted to a company on your behalf another company is not able to represent you on that role.
  • Talk to your agency if they are not finding your work. It may be because there isn’t enough of the type of work you want and you might want to think about other types of work you are willing to do.
  • Don’t form your opinion of an agency based on their website alone.
  • Be wary of posting your CV onto an open job board website without investigating the agency first. See our article on protecting yourself against identity fraud by clicking here.
  • Think twice before disclosing personal information (such as your date of birth) that is not relevant to the job
  • Learn to treat your CV as you would your bank cards and PINs

If you have any comments or questions about the above please get in contact with us on +44 (0)203 655 3405

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