If you have recently lost your job or are considering moving on from your current employer and finding something with a better salary or more challenging then the task may appear quite daunting at first. Searching through the classifieds in the newspaper, scouring the internet, or god forbid, having to go to the local government employment center, the task at hand takes up that precious commodity, time. There is a far easier option for the professionals amongst you and that is to use a recruitment agency. Depending on what you are looking for will depend on the agency you decide to use. For example, lawyers may use a legal recruitment agency, architects, civil engineers and draughtsman one relevant to their particular skill. So what are the advantages of using a recruitment agency?
First of all obviously is that you are going to save yourself a considerable amount of time. If you are already working all the hours god sends it is unlikely that you will want to start work looking for a job after you have just finished doing a job. This is probably one of the reasons why you are looking for new employment in the first place. Using an agency removes this task by matching you up with employers they currently work with and for the most part don’t actually charge you any money to do this.
Another advantage is that the agent will speak to the potential employer on your behalf at the beginning and literally try to ‘sell’ your knowledge and experience to them. If you sound like their ideal candidate then the recruiter will arrange an interview for you at your convenience. Most will also sort out for you an agreeable salary and benefits package so that by the time you finally get to interview most of the deal is done. All you have to do is go and impress your possible employer and live up to the hype and expectations your agent has promised them you have.
You may be wondering what the catch is. There isn’t one really because how it works is that you sign an exclusivity clause with the agency. the agency will then have a contract with the employer for them to pay the recruitment agency a percentage of the agreed salary so effectively the recruiter makes a commission from the employer for finding them a good employee. That is why using a recruitment agency is the best option.