A recruitment agency is very helpful when it comes to finding jobs, especially in the modern competitive market where connections are everything. Their role in the process is to put you in front of the best employers and help you find your perfect place of work.
However, sometimes it can be hard to know whether or not your agency is doing a good job. If you want to be sure your recruitment agent is putting you in front of the best employers, you are in the right place.
Here are some signs that show your recruitment agent is doing a good job:
They’ve Advised Changes to Your CV
One of the tasks of a recruitment agent is to advise that you edit your CV to make it more appealing to the companies you are applying to. A CV can make or break an employer’s first impression of you, and tailoring your CV to the best of your ability should be your number one goal when starting a job hunt.
Editing your CV should be the first thing a recruitment agency suggests when you join the agency, and the quicker it is done, the faster you can be connected to new opportunities.
If your agent has not yet discussed your CV with you or talked about how it can be improved, they may not have started looking over your documentation. They may also be sidelining you for other clients.
Without a tailored CV, your agent won’t be able to put you in front of the best employers either. If this step is not addressed at the beginning, ensure that they know your concerns.
They’ve Discussed Your Needs
A recruitment agent can only put you in front of the best employers if they know what you want. A recruitment agent’s primary goal is to match the best employee to a company and find the perfect role for an individual.
You need to know what you want from a job before an agent can find the ideal one for you. Ideally, your agent should have asked you numerous questions to deduce what sort of role you would be a good fit for. This will make it easier to look for the best work openings suited to your qualifications and needs.
If your agent has already gone through your requirements with you and is actively finding jobs that fit your needs, they are on the right track!
They’re Providing Guidance
Your recruitment agent should be giving you tips on how to perfect important parts of the hiring process, like the interview. They should have gone through the dos and don’ts with you since they have knowledge about what companies are truly looking for in this part of the process.
If they have given you pointers already, take it as a sign that they’re putting you in front of excellent employers and helping you land the best jobs.
On the other hand, if your recruitment agent is just sending you to interviews without any help, it could be a sign that they’re not sending you to the best employers. It’s a good idea to talk with your agent if this is the case.
What Your Recruitment Agent Should Not Be Doing
You should not feel pressured by your recruitment agency to take specific jobs or interviews if they do not fit your basic criterion. Just because there is an opening does not mean that opportunity is good for you, and your agent should be aware of this and respect your wishes.
If you feel like they are trying to persuade you to go for jobs you do not feel comfortable with, there is a good chance they are not putting your needs first.
Good recruitment agents are an incredible help to job seekers. However, be vigilant of whether your agent is actively working to help you. The job market has something for everyone, and the only way you will find your perfect match is if your agent can help tweak your CV, improve your interview skills, and send you to the best employers.
Author: Alex Cole is a Specialist Building Services Recruiter with Responsum. He’s always interested in networking with Building Service professionals. He loves talking football, is hoping to get on the property ladder soon, and visits Tenerife every year!