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Recruitment Agencies in general
Member Name: darkscot
Recruitment Agencies in general
Advantages: Some agencies are good and sometimes you can find out the employer and go to them direct.
Disadvantages: No one actually READS CVs any more so you have to write them to get a good score on software.
Most people are under the misapprehension that recruitment agencies are there to find people work. I used to be that naive also and it took a while to realise the truth. The simple fact is that recruitment agencies are there to make money. New technology means that they can now do this far more easily and quickly than ever before.
Consider the typical recruitment process:
1. An employer contacts an agency and says they have a vacancy.
2. The agency gets the employer to write a job spec (doing the work of the agency).
3. The agency feeds that job spec into their CV analysing software.
4. The agency places the job spec on various job sites and waits.
5. Applicants send in their CVs (must be in MS Word format) which the agency feeds into their analysing software.
6. The software gives a score to the CVs and the agency picks the top three or four and sends them off to employer.
7. The employer then picks a short list and the agency calls them up and arranges an interview.#
8. The employer gives the job to one of the applicants and the agency pockets 10-20% commission, probably for less than hours total work.
The most work the average agency seems to do is when they are trying to find prospective clients. One way to do this is get some office junior to look at all the CVs posted on job sites and ring up the applicants. They will then say something like
"I have seen your CV on XYZ and think we may have the ideal position for you. However, I just need to get a few details from you first"
The conversation will continue for a bit and then they will say something like:
"just so we don't duplicate any work, have you applied for any jobs recently, if so what position and with what company?"
You will tell them all about the jobs you have recently applied for and they will then go and contact those companies and try to get work from them. They will also try and attract applicants for this purpose by using fake vacancies, it is estimated that about 30% of jobs posted on jobsites are fake. Sometimes they will not even bother phoning you up but instead will just send you an email asking you to update your details. Including any jobs you have applied for recently.
A good agency will visit the employer and find out all about them and then interview the applicant to make sure they are a good match. But they are very few and far between, why go to all that bother when there are easier ways of doing it?
No one actually READS CVs any more so you have to write them to get a good score on the analysing software. If you use the same CV for lots of different vacancies the chances are you will get nowhere. You have to customise your CV for each application. For example if the job spec says they need "an experienced commercial vehicle mechanic" but your CV says "twenty years experience in servicing vans and trucks" it will probably get discarded by the software as it is looking for key phrases.
Summary: Recruitment agencies? On the same level "had an accident at work" merchants.
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