How to Get a Job with the Help of an Employment Agency

You might think employment agencies only fill temporary or administrative positions. However, today’s agencies are far more diverse, filling job openings in virtually every industry – from entry-level to senior roles and everything in between.

So if you’re looking for a new job and don’t know where to begin, connecting with an employment agency is an excellent place to start. They can help you through your search in many ways, including connecting you with leading employers, giving you access to the “hidden” job market, helping you with your resume and interview skills, and more.

That said, not only employment agencies are created equal. To use one to your advantage, make sure you:

Find the best-fit agency.

Some agencies only fill industrial positions, while others focus on executive-level jobs. When you’re looking to work with one during your job, focus on those with experience in the kinds of jobs you’re interested in. Not only will they be able to connect you with better-fit opportunities, but also explain how to make your background more appealing in the market.

Approach employment agencies like an employer.

If you’re interviewing with an agency, don’t assume it’s a more casual process. In fact, it might be more stringent since they are screening candidates on behalf of their clients. So dress the part, be prepared and professional, and arrive on time.

Take advantage of their perks.

Many employment agencies offer perks, such as training courses, workshops, networking opportunities, and more. Take advantage of all these benefits, so you can improve your chance of finding a job that’s the best fit for you. You can also gain new skills and improve your marketability in the process.

Be honest with your recruiter.

If, for instance, you aren’t willing to travel or are looking for a certain salary range, make this known to your recruiter upfront. The only way an agency can help you find the right job is if you’re honest with them at all times.

Also, don’t exaggerate or lie about your background in any way. You’ll be vetted carefully and if any discrepancies are uncovered, it will be a black mark against you.

Be responsive.

If the agency calls or emails you, respond to them as soon as you can. If you get a call and can’t respond right away, send a quick text that you’ll call back when you can. When an offer comes in, things will move quickly and you want to be available and ready.

In addition, if you find a job on your own, inform the agency right away. They will appreciate the courtesy, which will help you end the relationship on a positive note.

Whether you’re ready to make a move to a new job or a different industry, an employment agency can help you understand your options, polish your resume, prepare for interviews, and more. You’ll be able to find a great new opportunity, faster, with the help of the right one.

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