How recruitment agencies work

Finding a new job can be terrifying, but did you know recruitment agencies are here to make your life that much easier? Most recruitment agencies cover most roles such as; permanent, temporary, contract, part time and full time – make the most of these agencies, they do the hard work so you do not have to.

It is important to find the right recruitment agency for you, for instance, if you are looking for PA, secretarial or administrational work, then Tiger Recruitment would be the perfect agency for you. Ensure the agency/agencies you will be going to have a good reputation, and one you can rely on, if not you may end up wasting your time.

The process

Here at Tiger Recruitment we strive to source the greatest candidates, we request an online registration and curriculum vitae first of all – this is to know a little more about you, your achievements, interests, working experience and most importantly your wants and needs in your new role. When you have send over this vital information, it leads you to the next step – meeting with a consultant to register in person at the Tiger offices, this is where you will go through your CV, speak about your experience in depth and discuss which roles you are ideally looking for, this way we can find you the perfect role for you. Once the registration process is complete, our team of experienced and professional consultants will contact you as and when roles come in which would be most suitable for you, if you are happy for your CV to be put forward, and the client would like to meet with you, the consultant will then set up an interview for you and this is where you take over and wow your potential employer!

Occasionally an agency may not have a role suitable for you at the exact time of application and registering, do not lose hope, most agencies will keep a record of your CV and will contact you as and when the perfect role comes in. Of course an agency cannot guarantee to find you a new job within 24 hours, but they certainly will try their best to find you exactly what you are looking for.

The consultant meeting

The meeting with a consultant is your first step, make sure you impress them. If your consultant sees that you are well presented, turn up early for your interview and are competent and proactive, they will be able to put you forward for most roles. Dress to impress for your meeting, smart business wear is recommended and ensure your body language is positive, keep eye contact and do not slouch, you need to show your consultant that you can do any role. Occasionally a recruitment consultant will offer friendly advice regarding your CV or some interviewing hints and tips – never feel embarrassed or insulted, they are just trying their best to help you find your dream job.

Be a realist

When meeting with a consultant, or even when you are interviewing for a position, be realistic, speak about your skills but be sure to not sugar coat the truth. Never lie on your CV, employers do check and it could land you in a very awkward situation. Make sure you make the most of your meeting, speak about your skills which make you stand out from the crowd, if it is a creative role why not put a portfolio of your work together to show off exactly what you can do.

Regarding salary, make sure you set a realistic target, understand that if you are currently on £20,000 per annum, you cannot suddenly jump to a high end salary. Of course salary is important in this day and age, work your way up the ladder and you will be on your desired salary in no time!

What is temping and is it the right option for me?

Temporary work suits many candidates; those who are looking to do something with their spare time, those who require extra income and those who have other commitments and cannot always work regular working hours every day. Temp work is a common occurrence and most agencies will source work regularly. When you have registered with an agency, a consultant will contact you as and when a role comes in, if the role would be suitable for you. Do not lose faith in an agency if you do not seem to get a call every day – a client will contact an agency when they require a temporary employee, it may not be every working day which you are required to work, but the beauty of temp work is that you can accept or decline any offers a consultant offers you depending on your availability. When you have been placed in a temporary position you will need to keep track of the hours you have worked and record this on a timesheet, your agency will then pay you directly into your account, usually at the end of the working week. Temp-to-perm is also a great way to get your foot in the door of a company, this way you can trial a company without a fixed contract, as well as wowing your potential employers into giving you the role on a permanent basis.

How to keep in the know

Make sure you keep up to date with your recruitment agency, the best way to go about this is online. Always check your agencies website to see the current roles they have on their books – it does not hurt to ping across an e-mail to your consultant to check in and mention that you are interested in a particular role. Another way to keep up to date with the latest roles is to follow your agency on their social media platforms, most agencies have profiles on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and LinkedIn – agencies often post about their current roles, and it is so simple to keep an eye on this on your news feed and get in contact to express your interest. If you want to know more about permanent or temporary recruitment at Tiger please contact our team on 0207 917 1801.







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