Using recruitment agents

Recruitment agencies are an important tool for job seekers and most people will use an agency at some point in their lives. This blog will address how to find an agency and what to expect.

How do recruitment agencies work?

Agencies work on behalf of organisations to find the most suitable person for a job vacancy. Many employers choose to recruit through agencies to save time as they can outsource the initial sifting of CVs and associated administration.

Usually employers will send a job description to their chosen agency and the agency will send them a shortlist of candidates sourced from their pool of candidates. The employer will choose its preferred candidates to interview and ask the agency to arrange this. The employer pays the agency a fee for this service. This is usually a percentage fee based on the starting salary of the candidate or an upfront fee.  There is no fee for the job seeker.

Some agencies will specialise in a particular sector or geographical region while others such as Reed and Hays will cover lots of different sectors and regions.

Why use a recruitment agency?

Using an agency can give you access to roles that are not advertised elsewhere. A good agency should have inside information on an employer and the market that they can pass to you before an interview to help you prepare.

How to find a recruitment agency

  • Use the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (the professional body for recruitment) members list
  • Through agency central’s directory
  • Look at a jobs board (e.g. Totaljobs) specialising in your sector and the names of agencies advertising jobs there
  • Word of mouth

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Guest blog post: “Graduate job boards can be the worst… and I work for one”



Guest blog post by James Howell

Content & Marketing Executive at Graduate-jobs.com

“Graduate job boards can be really frustrating. They can promise so much and offer so little when you’re frantically trying to hunt for a position so you can get your career on the move. I know this more than most too, I work for one. It might be surprising that I’m being critical of graduate job boards while being on the pay roll at one but it wasn’t so long ago that I was on the job hunt myself and I know the trials and tribulations.

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Guest Blog Post: Tips for success in an interview, by Aedan @ReflectDigital

Man And Woman Waiting To Enter A Job InterviewHow can you improve your interviewing technique?


Interviews can be hard, the final stage towards getting that job you need. To succeed in interviews there are a few key factors and common errors that it is best to be award of, correcting these common errors will enhance your chances against your counterparts. To think of a company use a recruitment company like Hiring People  who post a single job on 100 different job board you could potentially have 10 apply to each posting which accounts to 1000 other applicants apply for the same job as you so you need to ensure you and your cv are ready to impress.

In this article we look at how you can enhance your chances at interview, because no matter the qualifications you hold it is important to succeed at this process to earn yourself the job you desire.

With almost half of recent graduates in the UK still unemployed, or even employed in jobs that undergraduates could do – it begs the question why are they not getting the jobs they are enabled to do? It could be simply down to not grasping and executing the basics of interviewing, meaning that older and more experienced people may be getting these jobs. Thus showing how you imperative it is to know what to expect.

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Guest Blog Post: Five things never to put on your CV


              James Rice, Head of Digital Marketing at WikiJob on:

         Five things never to put on your CV


Writing or updating your CV takes a lot of effort, so you’d probably be surprised how little time graduate employers take to assess whether you might be the right candidate.

Five minutes? One minute?

Try six seconds. This is a field where first impressions count for everything, and where mistakes or a lack of professionalism can make the difference between the in-tray and the discard pile. Often those errors are seemingly trivial ones that you may not realise are what’s behind your application getting rejected.

Make sure your CV passes the six-second test by ensuring these five things never appear on it:

  1. Your life story or too much personal info.

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Guest blog post: Scarlett @BubbleJobs with “5 Things I’ve Learnt At My First Graduate Job”

10559772_10204335389649953_2804476768374714311_n Author Bio: Scarlett Wilson is a Keele University graduate and is currently working as a Digital Marketing Executive for Bubble Jobs – a niche digital jobs board that specialises in advertising digital, ecommerce, media and marketing jobs from the UK’s top brands. Follow her on Twitter: @Scarlett278 or find out more about BubbleJobs at http://www.bubble-jobs.co.uk/ 

“After recently graduating from Keele uni I’m all too familiar with the job search process and the ups and downs that come with it. So when I finally managed to bag myself a job as a Digital Marketing Executive at Bubble Jobs I was over the moon.

The only problem was that the nerves started kicking in pretty quickly – I found myself trying to judge whether I’d do amazingly and everyone would love me or I’d fail miserably. I think these feelings are completely normal though – you’re leaping into the unknown so you’re bound to feel a bit wobbly about the whole situation.

To help you feel better I thought I’d tell you about the five things I’ve learnt from my first graduate job to try and put your poor mind at rest!

1)      Don’t Panic On Your First Day

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Graduated, now what?

The-Next-Step-College-GraduateExams are now a distant memory and you have probably returned all the books to the library by now leaving you with just a few journal articles on your night stand to remind you of the sweet 3 years (or maybe more) that have gone by faster than you had ever thought they would. The memories of sitting through never-ending lectures or seminars that resembled the Great Inquisition will slowly fade away and the sense of reality will kick in before you know it.

So here are my 7 tips on how you can get over the nostalgia and jump on the job market saddle ASAP:

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Interview with Simon Chilvers, Men’s Style Director at Matchesfashion.com


Interested in a career in Fashion?

Simon Chilvers, Men`s Style Director at Matchesfashion.com talks about the possibilities of getting into fashion and gives advice as to what people in the industry are looking for in this exclusive interview.

Why did you decide to work in the fashion industry?

I’d always loved music and clothes while growing up but it was while studying history of modern art, design and film at university that the penny finally dropped that I might be able to work for one of the many magazines I loved. I moved to London, did a Masters at London College of Fashion and started doing work experience at places such as The Guardian and Vogue. I then developed my CV and built up both freelance writing and styling work before taking a full-time role as assistant fashion editor at The Guardian where I worked for four years – here I had the opportunity to write features and report from London Fashion Week and style shoots. Working in fashion allows you to be creative in many different ways – this was always the pull of working in the industry for me.

Can you describe a typical day at Matchesfashion.com? 

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“To Bank or Not to Bank”, that is the question

For thousands of Finance, Economics & Business students out there, this is a no-brainer – “when I graduate I want to be an investment banker” must be the world`s most frequently expressed career ambition this decade, a bit different from my “I want to be a ballerina or a psychiatrist” indecision when I was growing up. With the economic crash and the fall of the Lehman Brothers in 2008, as well as with the media attention banking has received since – we`ve all seen the Wolf of Wall Street! – investment banking is becoming the holy grail of careers and the ultimate dream of most young Financiers.

Now, I know what you are thinking… I chose City & Cass precisely because it`s in the City of London therefore I want a career in the City… but take a look at these graduate career gems in Business/Finance that will make you question just how appealing those 24 hrs workdays at investment banks really are:

Wolf of Wall Street–          Lidl – yes, not the most attractive brand by student standards…. However, their Graduate Management Scheme pays a whopping £41,000 per year AND you get a car! And if that`s not enough to rock your boat, you will be given REAL responsibility from day one and will be dealing with everything from operations to people management Continue Reading


Buzz word of 2014: Global mobility


According to Forbes, Global mobility is on the rise, and many employees want a passport filled with foreign-nation stamps to bolster personal growth and career development. Increasingly, they’re seeking expatriate, commuter, rotational or other alternative assignments to build their resumes. International assignments are a great career development tool and, at the same time, help organizations address talent shortages & close skill gaps.

In other words, if you haven`t yet thought about working internationally or relocating, this is something you may want to consider.

Detailed information about working in particular countries within European Union: http://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/working-abroad

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This January: start your career in Business/Finance

   Want to work in Business or Finance? Check out these incredible jobs below.

   The catch? Deadlines are this January, so apply now.

Internships & Placements

Start your career with a summer internship or a one-year placement in the industry, and get the experience that you need to make it big. Internships advertised on CareersHub will always cover at least the intern`s expenses and will not require you to work for more than 3 months on an unpaid basis – we believe employers should value you as an addition to their company! Placements will always be paid at least Minimum Wage and can vary from 6 months to 13 months in length – for more information about internships and placements, check http://targetjobs.co.uk/work-experience

Hot internships & placements in Business & Finance

GE Healthcare – Business Internship – apply by 31st January 2014

RBS – Summer internships in Finance (Markets, International Banking, Corporate Banking, and others) – apply by 31st January 2014

Microsoft – Finance internship – apply by 31st January 2014

National Grid – Finance placement year – apply by 31st January 2014

Mercedes-Benz – Business Operations placement – apply by 31st January 2014

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