How Job Seekers Can Make the Most of Employment Agencies

February 28, 2012

Yes it’s true, finding a job these days is a job in itself, but don’t despair, there are so many great resources out there to help you. For example, employment agencies are a great way to be matched up with the job or industry you’re looking for, if you know how to establish a good relationship with the agency. Let’s take a look at some ways to start off on the right foot.

Although it’s tempting to type up an unsolicited email and send it off in mass quantities, it’s very impersonal and easily forgettable, especially with the number of emails that flood the agencies. Instead we suggest that you call the agency (or even agencies) and speak with someone directly. Just by simply calling, you will have already increased your chances of being remembered than if you just sent an email because personnel at the agency will associate your name with your voice and are more likely to remember it by hearing and reading your name. While on the phone however, it’s important to make a good first impression, otherwise the reason for calling could have a negative effect. The main purpose is to capture the agency’s interest and to make your contact with them memorable. In some cases, it’s a good idea to plan out the call.

After you’ve established initial contact, it’s imperative that you keep in contact to build a relationship. It might be slightly discouraging if you don’t hear from the agency right away, but don’t give up hope and don’t give up communicating with the agency. Show interest in the agency and inquire about the positions that would best suit you. Point out your qualities as they apply to the position and even do some research if you have to. Don’t be afraid to ask for some feedback. Do be careful not to focus only on yourself, however. Aim to have a balanced, informative conversation for both parties.

Maintaining the relationship is just as important as the initial contact and building of it. Keeping the right balance is essential. You don’t want to drop off the radar but you also don’t want to appear desperate. You need to maintain your image as a professional candidate who has the intelligence, social ability, and work skills that they can use as a solution. With these tips, you can hopefully shorten the time it takes to be matched with a position. If you do get hired by another agency or employer however, it’s a good idea to take the time to let any other agencies or potential employers know, that way you can keep the good relationship you built incase it’s needed in the future.

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