32 Method 8: Recruitment Agencies

Method 8: Register with recruitment agencies.

A recruitment or a placement agency typically acts as the “middle man” between you and an employer. The employer hires the agency to assist them in finding suitable candidates to fill their positions, reducing the time and resources they would have to put into recruitment. There are many different agencies that you can use; some may be specific to a certain type of work (i.e. engineering, legal, administration, and labour). Common practice for many agencies involves meeting you one-on-one and conducting a brief interview to set up a profile and then informing you if and when an opportunity presents itself that matches your profile.

Some agencies will suggest that you apply to their openings online. They are bombarded with new clients every day, that is why it is essential make sure to gain a contact name within the agency and follow up frequently when you see positions that match your skill set. Depending on your job goal, agencies can be another helpful method, but you should never put all your eggs in one basket, it should be one of many methods that you are using.

Unless otherwise indicated, this chapter is an adaptation of Be the Boss of Your Career: A Complete Guide for Students & Grads by Lindsay Bortot and Employment Support Centre, Algonquin College, and is used under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International license.

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