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Recruiters that don't seem to recruit
Member Name: hcafclaura
Advantages: They must have got somebody a job, maybe once?
Disadvantages: Total rubbish, liars, not interested in clients needs
Hays are a recruitment agency operating worldwide in 29 different countries. Companies and organisations use them to fill vacancies without the hassle of advertising and sorting through hundreds of applications themselves. They recruit for all types of work, from admin to social housing, permanent and temporary. Hays say they are experts in recruiting for the following areas:
Accountancy & Finance
Banking and Financial Services
Construction & Property
Health & Social Care
IT & Telecoms
Manufacturing & Engineering
Resources & Energy
Sales & Marketing
I have been seeking work since graduating from university last July. Except for one temporary role cleaning, I have been unable to find anything, despite applying for three or four jobs a day. At the beginning I was reluctant to join any agencies, but as the weeks went on I realised I had little choice.
A few months ago I received a phone call from my local Hays office. They had seen my CV on Total Jobs and wanted me to register as they had many roles I would be perfect for. I made an appointment over the phone, and was told I would need to take some I.D documents along, such as my driving licence and passport.
When I arrived at Hays I was given a form to fill in. This asked for personal information, such as name, address, the sort of work I was looking for, my education and work history and the contact details of two references. Once the form was completed I was taken to a room to chat about possible vacancies I may want to apply for. There was one role I was very interested in, working for a company I had always wanted to work for, and we discussed this in more detail. I was told I would need a CRB check for this, which Hays would pay for. I completed this form, and the recruiter told me he would be in touch when the CRB arrived back.
A couple of weeks later I received my copy of the CRB in the post. I sent an email to the recruiter asking what the next step would be, but received no reply.
One week later, I sent another, very polite email, asking what I should do now. The recruiter called me telling me the job had been put back until May, but he would carry on working for me, hunting out vacancies, and he would be in touch.
A couple of weeks later, I had still heard nothing. I sent another email. As part of the Job Seekers Agreement I have to stay in weekly contact with agencies. Anyone who has dealt with agencies will tell you this is a good idea, so they know you are still looking for work and your name is fresh in their mind. I have in fact been emailing the recruiter weekly now for around 6 weeks, and have not had any response whatsoever. All my emails are very polite, and I have even said that I understand if the role has already been filled but that I would be grateful if he could let me know so I can give up on it. I have asked about other vacancies, asked for an update, but I hear nothing back.
I have discussed Hays with others, and it seems many people have had the same experience as me. They are very quick to get you signed up and full of enthusiasm at the first meeting, telling you they will find you a job very quickly blah blah blah. The truth is, once you're registered, they don't want to know. They have your name on that list, which is all that matters when they are trying to get business from companies. They have this huge list of clients ready for work.
Here's a few tips for dealing with agencies in general:
- Watch what you say. Do not tell them about any other interviews you have lined up. It's very likely they will contact them and say they have more suitable candidates. They will do anything for business.
- Be wary of giving references. They will probably contact them touting for business, and you don't really want to annoy your previous employers.
- Stay in contact. Remind them you are alive and looking for work.
- Do not believe a word they say. I hate to generalise, but they spout a lot of rubbish. I am sure there must be some good guys out there, but I advise not pinning all your hopes on anything they say.
So here I am, still looking for work, having missed out on my dream job through no fault of my own.
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