Working with Recruitment Agencies
- Respond promptly to an agency's telephone call or email. The agency may be competing to get their candidates considered by the employer ahead of those of a rival agency.
- Agencies like candidates who are looking for roles that are consistent with their previous work history and are therefore easier to sell. Make sure that your CV sells you as the obvious choice for your target role. Tailor your CV to the role you are applying for.
Make your application stand out:
- Agencies receive many CVs that are poorly structured and presented. Ensure that your CV is as attractive as possible so that the agency will select you above the competition.
Answer the question:
- When applying online to an agency for a particular role, ensure that your covering letter specifically addresses the points raised in the job advert.
Find the roles you want:
- Only apply for roles that you really want and don't be pressurised into considering a role that isn't right for you.
- Be honest and make sure that your exam results, employment dates and other achievements are accurate in your CV. Inconsistencies that are picked up by an employer wil reflect badly on the agency and they will think twice about putting you forward for future roles.
- Think beforehand about your salary requirements and check with the agency if these are realistic. They will have a good knowledge on current market rates.