Recruitment agencies are not here to serve you but to serve their corporate clients. Their job is to search for suitable candidates to present to their clients. The recruitment agencies world is very under pressure to perform and so don't expect a recruitment agent to give you personal assistance or support. Take charge of your own situation.
Register your CV with several agencies, and also post it onto the job boards. Make sure you have a lot of keywords displayed in your CV as this will give you a higher ranking in the recruiter’s searches. Also you can Google-search the agency and give them a call to introduce yourself; a lot of our clients have made themself noticed this way.
Read the job description carefully and if you don’t fulfil 70 to 80% of the specified requirements, don’t apply. If you just apply to every single job you see, you may eventually be seen as an unfocused candidate and could even be taken off the agency’s database! Keep track of the jobs you apply to. Agencies often advertise the same role on different sites, so if you have already applied through one site, do not send your CV again through another. You will save yourself time and you will not create the impression of being desperate.
Choose 3 or 4 agencies that operate in your specialist area, and make contact with their experienced consultants: introduce yourself, explain what you are looking for and ask for their advice. Also enquire how frequently they want you to check for updates. Remember, they are targeted and don’t have time to speak with you unless there is a good reason to do so; therefore you just want to make sure you are on top of their mind when these reasons occur.
If they don't call or email you back, don't be upset. Just remember that if a recruitment agent don't contact you, it may be because they don't need you for now but you can always chase them. These guys are hunters and they know a lot of things you don't know about what their clients are looking for. So just go with their flow, make yourself available, respond promptly, give them feedback on your interviews, be kind: this is how you will make a positive impression and build a strong and long-lasting relationship with them. Also, remember that these guys often change agencies, if they like you and your profile, they will keep you for life in their VIC list ( Very Important Candidate :.).
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