Recruitment is booming!
In the last 10 years the recruitment industry has sustained a steady growth. However, in 2017, nearly 6,000 new recruitment agencies launched, exceeding the previous year by at least 20%.
But already in 2018 close to 2,000 agencies have started up, showing this could be a record year for launches. On comparison to last year already the figures have increased by 9% putting the total number of recruitment agencies at 37,052!
Most recruitment agencies that have recently started to operate have been in the following sectors;
- IT and Technology
With so many Agencies setting up, as a candidate looking for a new role, how do you spot the best and avoid working with a bad one?
- Is there a fee? As a candidate you should never have to pay a fee when joining an agency, the hiring client pays a fee to the agency…not you!
- Is your consultant poorly informed? If they’re not the best, the chance is they’re not going to give you the best chance at finding a job.
- Are you getting asked too many information probing questions not relevant to helping you find a new role? This is thinly disguising their attempt at the generation of leads that they will then use for sales purposes.
- Do they present you with a false time pressure … ‘if you don’t accept now, you will lose the opportunity?’ Truth is, this is rarely the case so don’t feel bullied into a quick response.
- Is the agency hiding facts about the job? If you feel aspects are being hidden, get a full job spec in writing to be safe.
Recruiters are often the gateway to a company where you want to be. But recruiters aren’t always easy to work with and can come with a lot of complaints;
“They say they will call back but never do”
“They never give feedback. Once a job is filled, the other candidates don’t exist”
“The job didn’t exist. I filled out my details, spoke to a recruiter and was told someone would be in touch if a position came up”
This isn’t to say everyone should be tarnished with the same brush.
A lot of recruiters work very hard to place the best people in a role while keeping the candidates feeling valued and involved.
The best agencies will;
- Build relationships- if you don’t get the position applied for, they will gracefully turn the rejection into a relationship by sending out post- interview rejection information. They should remember the small details from interactions to make emails more personal.
- Be transparent- Even if there are aspects of the role that aren’t that pretty or appealing, your recruiter should fully educate you regarding the role you are being put forward for
- Not force you into applying for positions your aren’t sure about
- Have a genuine interest in you gaining employment through one of the roles they are recruiting for
- Be approachable and listen to what you have to say
If you have any queries into how agencies operate please don’t hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally if you are seeking work or wish to know about one of our roles have a look at our website or you can also call one of our specialist Recruiters on 03333449100.