For many new job seekers, the idea of using a recruitment agency is foreign. For employers however, agencies are nothing new. They understand that recruitment agencies will help them find the ideal fit for their company. But what exactly does a recruitment agency do for a job seeker?
A recruitment agency basically looks for candidates to fill in various positions that are needed by organisations whether they are permanent, short term or project basis. Based on the job description, a recruitment agent will go through a number of websites, databases, networks and social media platforms to find a suitable candidate. Once a suitable candidate is found, the recruitment agency will screen his/her resume, cover letter, references and other important details before contacting the candidate about the job opportunity. The agency will also set up and interview and monitor the application process closely. If the organisation agrees with the agency's recommended candidate, he/she will get the job.
There are a number of advantages job seekers can get from using a recruitment agency:
Recruitment agencies are free of charge for job seekers
Recruitment agencies have an in-depth knowledge of the job market and the various employers relevant to you
Recruitment agencies and recruitment consultants are incentivized to fill jobs quickly
Recruitment agencies work on requests and get paid by organisations that are seeking to hire candidates. Therefore, you can get help in finding a job with no cost at all. They can give you advice on fixing your resume and an insight on which companies will have opportunities which suit your skills and experience. They also have multiple job opportunities at any one time. So, unlike applying to an individual employer, recruitment agencies will be able to represent you for a number of jobs. They will send resumes to their clients and arrange interviews without delay. They will even push to get closure on a vacancy when required. So, if you are the right candidate for the job, then working with a recruitment agency can ensure you get a job faster than other ways.