Anybody looking for a new job via a Recruitment Agency should try and understand how the industry works. Consultants are busy people working on a number of vacancies at any one time. Normally, Consultants have their own targets to hit and that means they are not interested in what their colleagues are working on or in passing any good candidates to them if they are not suitable for the jobs they are working on at that particular time. The Work Shop is different.
All of the Consultants at The Work Shop share the jobs they are working on, and all of the Candidates that they see, between each other and, if appropriate, between all three branches. That means that Candidates can rest assured that they won’t have to speak to every Consultant to be sure they get informed of every job opportunity that we have.
On one hand, the more specific you are about what type of job you are looking for and the salary you need, the more chance there is of the Consultant matching you with a job but be careful. Being too specific might mean that because the Consultant does not have anything suitable at that moment they might forget you very quickly.
On the other hand, if you don’t have any specific job in mind, tell the Consultant that. As long as you are looking to use some of the skills and experience contained within your CV the Consultant should be able to identify suitable positions for you.
Only register with Recruitment Agencies that have the type of job you are looking for. Be honest with them and ask lots of questions. If they arrange to meet you attend as if you were going for a job interview and prepare in advance. If we could give anybody one single piece of advice it would be this – be enthusiastic. Employers can work with enthusiasm knowing the candidate is willing to learn but any sign of lethargy is unlikely to get you the chance of getting that new job.
If the Recruitment Agency is not interested in meeting face to face with you and only gives you minimal information about them and any jobs they might have, be wary. You might find your CV being sent out to lots of companies in the area for jobs that are not what you are looking for. Tell the Recruitment agency that you want to be informed about any company or job that they intend sending your CV to BEFORE they send it. See our section on CV Tips for the reasons you should do this.