We completely understand why a lot of people believe recruitment agencies are useless. Recruiters have a bad reputation and are considered to be a waste of time when looking for a new job. Lots of people believe in removing the ‘middle man’ and applying straight to the company hiring for the job. But there are lots of good reasons why you should register your details with a recruitment agency.
Find out how to Find a Job with a Recruitment Agency.
Why are recruitment agencies bad?
There are a lot of recruitment agencies out there that have given us a bad reputation. Many large firms treat candidates poorly. You receive job alerts for irrelevant roles that are not related to your experience and skills. Maybe you go for an interview and never hear from them again because they don’t want to break the bad news. Perhaps you provide your desired job description but are not heard and get offered jobs to merely fill their quota.
Be cautious of taking phone calls from recruiters who throw out buzzwords continuously such as ‘amazing opportunity’ ‘innovative company’ and ‘agile working space’.
These empty phrases are there to entice you into the job role but are just brash and gimmicky. They may even say the phrase ‘perfect fit for you’ but they don’t even know you yet!
With these recruitment agencies your details are stored in a large database and left amongst the piles of other candidates they don’t care about. Ultimately you are treated as just anther number and pushed into a job role you may not be suitable for because they haven’t gotten to know you. It’s no wonder that the top suggested search queries are ‘useless’, ‘bad’ and ‘parasites.’
Here are 11 Questions to ask a Recruiter to make sure they're legitimate.
How do you find a good recruitment agency?
A good recruitment agency will work to your best interests. The initial phone call will consist of an exchange of information. The recruiter will want to learn more about you as a candidate; your salary expectations, career aspirations, your personal circumstances, the commute to work, and whether you would be ok to relocate. Once they think they understand you as a candidate they will tell you about the role on offer.
At this stage you can ask as many questions as you wish. If the recruitment consultant said they were specialists in a certain industry you can ask them industry related questions.
Questions to ask a Recruitment Agency
Here are a few other questions you may wish to ask:
- What is the name of the employer?
- Can you send me the job specification?
- Why is this vacancy available?
- What are the next steps?
Professional recruiters should be able to answer these questions without any issues. They should also not ask for references at this stage because they are not needed until you have a job offer. Also, recruitment agencies are free of charge to job seekers so don’t be fooled by fake recruiters trying to get your bank details.
How are we different?
- Brite Recruitment aims to make the recruitment process as simple as possible.
- We don’t waste your time. Only once we have completed a full review of your CV and matched you to the best job possible do we get in touch.
- We don’t pester. You can opt out of our services at any time.
- We want to get to know our candidates. If we feel your CV matches one of our vacancies, we want to know what you want from a new job.
- We keep you informed about your application process the whole way through. Whether you are successful or not, our recruitment consultants will keep in touch to let you know.
- We are a passionate, genuine and highly professional recruitment agency that has your best interests at heart. Register your details today to kick start your job search.