5 Misconceptions About Working With A Recruitment Agency
27 September 2018

We totally get it. You’re knee deep in your job hunt, drowning in cover letters and you’ve given yourself carpal tunnel scrolling through job vacancies online. You’re determined to find a new role by yourself, and you’re skeptical of working with a recruitment agency.

Maybe your pal Craig who’s girlfriend’s friend once worked in recruitment and has spread some rumours, or maybe you prefer independent job searching and are convinced that recruiters are money grabbing fiends only reaching out to you for their own benefit.

Well, I’m about to tell you that all of that is total rubbish. Don’t believe the hearsay and risk the benefits to your career that come with working with a recruiter.

With decades of experiencing helping folks land their dream roles, we know that recruitment is a rich industry that utilizes people’s talents and helps excel their careers.

Here are 5 misconceptions about working with a recruitment industry.

1. Recruiters Only Care About Filling A Role

Our main task as recruiters is to fill a job vacancy for a client as quickly and efficiently as possible, and only when this is done do we receive a fee. It’s true that it’s in our best interest to fill a role the best we can.

That said, the work that goes into filling a role isn’t as clinical as it may sound. When someone applies or is recommended for a job, we take our time to get to know the person, their background and experience, and aim to find a role that is perfect for them.

In the process we form friendly, positive professional relationships with candidates, and hearing about your stories inspires us to help you excel in the workplace and better perform our jobs.

We’ll never place someone for a role just for the sake of filling it, since this wastes time for the candidate and the client. We care about the connections we make, and we hope that if we do place you for a role, that we’ll keep in touch in the future and potentially be a part of the next step of your career journey.

 

2. All Recruiting Agencies Are The Same

This simply isn’t true – finding a recruitment agency that specializes in your industry is the best way of securing the right job for you.

Recruitment agencies vary vastly, from large international companies to smaller local businesses, and values, policies, attitudes, strategies and operating practices all differ as well.

If you’re interested in working with a recruiter, pick an agency whose brand, ethos and messages really connect with you, and whose vacancies are the best fit for what you’re looking for.

3. Using A Recruitment Agency Costs Money

Working with a recruitment agency to find a new job is a free service, since recruiters are paid through a fee from a client once a candidate has filled a role.

No reputable agency will ever charge money to use their service. It’s a mutual advantage for you to contact us, as well as the other way around.

 

4. They Only Recruit For Temporary Roles

You’re right in thinking that there are a lot of agencies out there that specialize in recruiting for temp roles, from manual labour jobs to receptionist work.

However, it’s not always the case. In fact, most recruitment agencies offer temporary or permanent roles. Check out our full list of vacancies to see our opportunities here.

 

5. Recruiters Won’t Have Knowledge About Your Industry

Obviously if you contact an agency that specializes only in law and finance, and you have a construction background, then they probably won’t be able to help you.

But if a recruiter specifically sources candidates for IT, for example, they’ll have more knowledge about the industry than you may think. Remember, a recruiter won’t be able to fill a role properly if they don’t know anything about the requirements for the job.

 

Are you interested in working with us to get a new job? Register here or phone us on 0141 212 5130.