Most people will use a recruitment agency at least once in their lifetime. In most cases, they end up not finding job placements, not because they are under qualified, but due to misrepresentation by the recruitment firms they chose, which is often not communicated to them. Additionally, these people do not realize that they need to work hand in hand with the recruitment agencies to help represent them well to potential employers. Below are simple ideas to ensure you are well served.
How to Choose a Recruitment Agency
Recruitment agencies vary in size, structure, specialization, and network. An extensive recruitment agency means there are lots of employees and, therefore, job postings. Choosing a large recruitment firm will increase your chances of getting placed in a job that matches your skill set. You may also want to go for a recruitment agency that is small in size but deals with specialized fields. Choose accordingly if you wish to specialize or are just looking for general employment. Your skill set should also help you choose a recruitment agency. Look for agents who will match you with a perfect job after you submit your application.
Sell yourself to the agent
Agents from recruitment firms will require that you meet “face to face” before presenting you and your CV to a potential employer. It is important to sell yourself out during such meetings and ensure you explain to the agent why you are best qualified for the position you are looking for. In some instances, you will need to express your personality. Talk about your experience and qualifications because they will be your face to the company until the time when you are called for an interview. Any false misrepresentation by the agent is the difference between you being chosen for a meeting or left out of a potential opportunity that would suit you.
Assess the recruiting agent
As you sell yourself, you should assess the recruiting agent with whom you meet. Their understanding of the field you are interested in should set base in determining whether you are best fitted to go forth with their services or find an alternative consultant who understands PERM advertising in the Bay Area and terms used in your field. The recruiter should also know the company, location, and reasons why you would or would not make the cut. Assessing the recruiter saves you time in the long run. Should the recruiter show no signs of understanding skill terminologies in your field or how it operates, then you have no business using them in the first place. The recruitment consultant will also make efforts to prepare you for the interview by telling you what the company is looking for in an employee to fill that position.