Using a recruitment agency for the first time, do's and don'ts

Recruitment agencies are there to help; offering advice and skill development as well as helping you in your quest for work. They will match your skills and experience with suitable vacancies and guide you in interview techniques. However, in order for recruitment consultants to help you, you need to help yourself. There are a number of do’s and don’ts when it comes to working with recruitment agencies. First impressions count and while you are not attending an interview for a job, the first time you enter a recruitment agency; you will undergo an interview and should behave appropriately. Make sure you are dressed to impress. Turning up in jeans and a t-shirt will suggest that you are not serious about finding work and you will appear unprofessional. Trousers or a skirt and a smart top or shirt are appropriate clothing and if you are interested in more senior positions, a suit will be the best option. Make sure your body language is positive. Stand up straight and hold your head high. Make eye contact during your interview and don’t slouch when you sit down. Take the interview seriously and never lie. This will not help you in the long run, and recruitment agencies are experts at spotting fibs. Be completely honest about your skills and experience and let the consultant know what kind of job you are looking for. Here at Office Angels, our jobs are advertised and if you have come across a job you are interested in, let us know. We can then determine whether you are a suitable candidate. Agencies often advertise jobs which aren’t available elsewhere and therefore can have many interested applicants. In order to stand out and find yourself at the interview stage, you need to impress the recruitment consultant. Always be polite and heed all advice. The consultants know what is required and what the company is looking for. If you decide to go against the advice, you will find it very difficult to find a job placement. While you may have ideas about finding your dream job, you will need to be realistic. You may need to work elsewhere to earn money while waiting for other opportunities. A good option is to look for temporary work. Again, the recruitment agency can help you with temporary placement. The key to temp work is to be flexible and take on the assignments as they are offered. If you come across as willing, then the likelihood of the agency finding you a permanent job increases as you will have proved that you are hard working and reliable; two very important factors in recruitment. Recruitment agencies will offer support and advice, but ultimately the success or failure of the job hunt is down to you. You are the only person who can determine your future, but a good relationship with a recruitment agency can be a big help in shaping it. To register with our agency get in touch today. Or search our vacancies to find your dream job.