The search for a new job can be a stressful and nerve-wracking experience, but it doesn’t have to be. With the help of a specialist recruitment agency, you can turn your job search into something more exciting and improve your chances of finding the right role for you.
Few job seekers understand how, by using a recruitment agency, they can unlock a whole array of resources and expertise. In this post, we look at how recruitment agencies work, and a few tips to help you get started.
What is a recruitment agency?
Recruitment agencies are a team of specialists that find prospective employees for companies looking to hire new talent and expand their teams. They act as the middle person between the prospective employee and the company and help to find new opportunities for candidates, edit and optimise CVs and even provide interview guidance.
Companies often enlist the expertise of recruitment agencies as they are much more likely to find high-quality candidates in their field.
How do recruitment agencies work?
Companies will often get in contact with a recruitment agency to let them know that they have a role on offer. A recruitment agency will then look at their current database of candidates to find someone suitable and post the job online to attract applicants with matching skills.
Once the right candidates have been sourced, they are sent through to the company for approval and a first stage interview will often be arranged.
Why use a recruitment agency to find your next job?
There are plenty of benefits to using a recruitment agency to find your next architectural, engineering or construction role including:
Exclusive job roles
Recruiters will often reach out to you with a position they feel fits your career history and skills and many of these positions will be unavailable to the public. That’s right – companies will often use specialist recruitment agencies to find the best talent available so 90% of the time won’t bother advertising the role on their website.
Expert guidance and support
Recruitment agencies have your best interests at heart, and just because a role has come up that matches your job history and skills doesn’t necessarily mean it is the right fit for you. The recruiter will make sure that the role suits your personality and career goals before putting you forward to the company.
At each stage of the recruitment process, your recruiter will offer you additional help and support to increase your chances of securing the role and address any concerns that you may have.
During your initial call with a recruiter, they will suggest ways for you to improve your CV and identify other opportunities in different sectors that you may not have considered before.
One of the great things about searching for your next role with a recruitment agency is that it’s completely free. You won’t be charged any fees for signing up with them or using their expertise.
How do you register with a recruitment agency?
The way you register with a recruitment agency has changed since Covid-19 hit. In the past where you would nip into the office to sign up without an appointment, it’s now advised that you call up prior to having a discussion with them to ensure there are roles available in your industry.
Alternatively, you can register online with an agency and send your CV in as well as your desired role and salary and someone will get back in touch with you.
How should I use a recruitment agency?
If you’re thinking of signing up with a recruitment agency to help you with your next job search, then you should follow the steps below:
Research recruitment agencies
There are lots of recruitment agencies out there that operate nationally and locally, with some operating across a variety of sectors whilst others specialise in a particular field. Recruitment agencies that specialise in specific fields will give you more tailored advice and will be able to find you jobs with some of the top companies in that field, whereas if you want to be broader with your search consider registering with a more general recruitment agency.
Contact your chosen recruitment agency
Once you’ve decided on a recruitment agency, reach out and get in touch with them. The agency will ask you some questions about your career to date as well as your career aspirations and will ask you to send an up-to-date CV so they can understand how best to help you.
Keep in contact with your recruiter
Once your recruiter has your CV on file, they may contact you with positions they deem fit. If you don’t hear from your recruiter after a week or so, reach out to them to check on your application or to see if any relevant roles have come up.
Staying in regular contact with your recruiter will show that you want to work with them and will help to keep you at the forefront of their mind when jobs in your field come up.
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