We have heard stories and listened to testimonies from different people of the bad experience they have had with different recruitment agencies. I’ve never received any feedback, they don’t pick my calls, and they keep rejecting letters and keep sending me back home are some complaints we have heard from different candidates. However, it might be true that some of these recruitment agencies have a bad reputation; the truth of the matter is there are good agencies out there.
One thing you should understand is that these agencies are battling a fierce competition from each other and the internet as well. They are also operating on tighter budgets because of the tough financial times. Also note that you’re not the only one looking for a job but your resume is among the 100 and more resumes targeting the same job. All the same, let these factors not scare you from using services of a recruitment agency. You can increase your chances of getting a job if you handle recruitment agencies in the following manner.
Tips to Help You
Be Clear and concise
Recruitment agencies are not here to give advice on your career choice. You better spare that for a career coach. Be clear about the kind of job you want, your salary expectation and your choice of industry. Better not meet a recruiter if you haven’t established what you want.
Don’t be fooled that when you leave a voice message the recruiter will get back to you. The recruiter is busy going through hundreds of CVs and has no time to listen to your voice message and return a call. You’ve to be persistent and patient until it goes through.
After you meet your recruiter, don’t sit back expecting them to remember you. They are constantly meeting new and good candidates on a daily basis. The best thing to do is to ask your recruiter the best way to keep in touch. Maybe an email or a fortnight call as this will help them to ensure you stay in front when suitable profiles arise.
What can you offer
Be fully aware of your strengths and value and how you write them on paper as well as present them in person. Avoid generic sounding jargon like ‘excellent communication skills.’ Your story on your resume, in person and other profiles has to be consistent. Since looking for a job isn’t an easy task, also try other networks that you know might help you land a job.…