Recruitment agencies can be a useful channel for securing your dream job, placement or summer employment. If you are wondering where to start, here’s our guide to using recruitment agencies.
What is a recruitment agency?
Recruitment agencies – you might also see them referred to as employment agencies or recruitment consultants – match candidates to jobs. They charge companies for their services which means that, as a candidate, you don’t have to pay for their services.
Agencies can be found on high streets and the internet. Some specialise by sector and others by type or level of work (including casual, graduate and executive selection). Some specialise in temporary opportunities only.
How do recruitment agencies work?
Some agencies operate an online jobs board with vacancy information and the opportunity to post your CV in order to market yourself to employers. Others have job listings with application or short-listing processes handled by the agency.
Why do employers use recruitment agencies?
- Companies without an HR department or organisations who recruit lots of staff often use agencies as an efficient way to manage their recruitment
- Some companies wish to advertise jobs anonymously
- Sometimes companies require immediate starters for a position and agencies often have a pool of candidates which they can put forward