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A recruitment agency acts as the middle person between an organisation that is looking to employ someone and an individual who is looking for a job. Their aim is to find the most suitable person for a job vacancy that they have been asked to fill.

How does a recruitment agency work? - The agency is sent a job description from the organisation that has a vacancy. A shortlist of suitable applicants is drawn up by the agency from the CVs that they hold on their database. The organisation chooses their preferred individuals from the CV selection and asks the agency to arrange and coordinate an interview.

What’s the advantage of using a recruitment agency? - Using a recruitment agency can be a useful when searching for a job. Agencies know a lot about the company whose vacancy they are helping to fill so can offer inside information before an interview. Good recruitment agencies will prepare you for an interview, offering tips on what to ask and sharing information on the history and culture of the organisation. Some agencies have exclusive access to jobs that would not otherwise be found through an online search. 

How do I register? - If you are interested in using a recruitment agency as part of your job search you usually need to meet with a member of the agency. Once you have met or spoken with someone to discuss your background and job goals in detail the agency will add your CV to their database and usually contact you when a suitable opportunity comes up.

How long do you have to wait to get an interview? - This depends on your experience and whether it matches the requirements on the job description. It might help to improve your chances of being chosen for an interview if you join an agency that just works with companies offering the type of job you are looking for. For example warehouse or care vacancies. Another tip is to call the agency every week to check if any new vacancies have come in.

Can I sign up with more than one recruitment agency? - You can sign up with more than one agency. However you need to make sure that you don’t let your CV to be sent to the same employer for the same position by more than one agency. This can make you look like you’re desperate to get a job rather than appearing selective and professional. Always ask your agency representative to tell you if they put your CV to an employer and keep a note of the company name and the date your CV was sent.

Do I have to pay to sign up to a recruitment agency? - Agencies should not charge you for their service. The agency will charge a fee to the employer should you get a position in their company.

It is important that you use an agency as part of your search and not as the only way you look for work.