In the recruitment industry, one of the most common questions we get during or after an interview is “When are you going to find me a job?” The reality of working with an agency recruiter is that they do not know, nor can they guarantee that they will be able to find work for you at all. Any agency that promises you otherwise is not being truthful. In today’s post, I thought that we would take some time to discuss what an agency recruiter can and cannot do for you to help you better understand how to use this resource in your job search.
Employment agencies have two distinctly different end users of their services. The employer or company that has the job opening and the job searcher who is seeking employment. Any positions that a recruiter is working on for an employer will of course have certain requirements for skills and abilities but these are not the only parts of the job they are looking at. Along with these factors, the recruiter is also looking at personality and job fit. The recruiter will usually visit the business where they will be making the placement. The purpose of this is to meet the people in the office and see what type of person will best fit that environment. They look at company culture, personality, dress codes, compensation packages and more. They have very specific questions that they ask their clients to make sure that they are presenting the job searcher who not only has the required skills but also will be a great fit within the business environment.
Let’s say that you interviewed with us and told us that you were looking for a minimum of $45,000/year, want to work on the south side of Edmonton, you hate working with Excel and would prefer to work in an industrial office setting. We make note of all the things that would make the job ideal for you as well as other personality characteristics that we observe during the interview. This information is then used along with your skills and abilities to determine if you are the right overall fit for a company’s job opening. Don’t “fudge” this information during your interview with an employment agency. Be honest about what you are looking for and you will have a much better chance of finding a job in an environment that you will enjoy working in. It will be the difference between loving or hating your job. As well, please remember that even if you are chosen to interview with a potential employer, a recruiter cannot guarantee that you will get the position. Ultimately, the choice is not theirs. The employers will typically interview the job searchers that are presented. Based upon the information gathered during the interview and the reference checks, they will make a decision about who they would like to join their team.
As we have mentioned in previous posts, Employment Agencies are another tool in your job search. In order to maximize your chance of finding a job from this channel, you should seek out the help from as many as you can. Remember that an agency is not allowed by law to charge you for the services of assisting in your employment search. Ultimately you hold the key to your future employment! Make the most of every possibility.
Have you ever used an employment agency to find work? How was your experience?