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8 Tips For Using Recruitment Agencies

Searching for a new job in IT can be a full time job in itself. You’ve got a CV to update, applications to fill out, and progress to track. That’s a lot to try and keep in mind.


Working in partnership with an IT recruitment agency can relieve you of a lot of this hassle. It’s an effective way to make sure you’re aware of relevant positions as and when they come on the market. However, there are right and wrong ways to work with a recruitment agency.


So how can you do things right and get the most out of your recruitment agency? Here are our top 8 tips:


  • 1. Show commitment throughout


The recruitment process is a partnership. If you show your commitment from the start you are much more likely to be at the top of your recruiters priority list. If you are asked to provide a portfolio, complete a technical test, or tailor your CV for a specific job, treat the request as if it was coming from the employers themselves. Keep in mind that your recruiter isn’t asking you to do these things just for fun. It’s to give you the best possible chance of securing the job.


  • 2. Be realistic


Recruitment consultants are of most benefit when you are looking to take the next logical step in your career or make a logical sideways move. Unless you are applying for an entry level role (which may have more flexibility), make sure your skills and experience are relevant to the role you are applying for and you are not seeking a role too far from your reach right now.


  • 3. Be honest and transparent


Transparency is the foundation of an efficient recruitment process.  When speaking with your recruiter, let them know the whole story. Don’t withhold information because you feel it casts you in a negative light. Leaving out key bits of information can disrupt the recruitment process further down the line.  If there is something you perceive as a negative in your job history, explain to the recruiter how you’ve worked to make that negative a positive or what actions you’ve taken to improve the situation.


  • 4. Give your recruiter a CV in Word format


It’s fine to give your recruiter a creatively designed CV (especially if you are applying for UX or design roles), but you should always give them your CV in Word format too. Keep in mind that a recruitment agency will have to carefully your edit your CV before it is presented to clients. When your CV is a PDF or formatted with text boxes, it is difficult to edit and can take up a lot of time. It may also prove difficult to keep it looking tidy and professional once the necessary changes have been made.


  • 5. Utilise the recruitment agency for interview preparation


Recruitment agencies know and understand their clients and what they want to see at interview. They also have a lot of experience when it comes to and interview techniques. Even the best interviewees can improve or learn something new – utilise your recruiter and soak up all the added value information they have for you. For example, check out our previous post, “How to present yourself well in an interview”.


  • 6. Remember to call with feedback following your interview


Your recruiter will always want to speak to you before speaking to the client following your interview. If you have any feedback you want passed back to the client, tell your recruitment agency, that’s what they’re there for.


  • 7. Keep your recruitment agency updated on your situation


If your circumstances change for any reason, be it your location, salary expectations or availability – keep your recruiter in the loop. This helps them to tailor how they are working and what opportunities they are making you aware of.


  • 8. Accept that things change


The reality is that during the recruitment process, the emphasis on different skills and experience can change, a role can be withdrawn or the client’s demands may change. Because it’s a people-based industry, things are rarely black and white in recruitment. It can be frustrating, but try not to feel defeated if something unexpected happens during the process. There are plenty of other opportunities out there.