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Not used a recruitment agency before? Here's what to expect ..

Not used a recruitment agency before? Here's what to expect ..

Over the past few months the business landscape has changed significantly and the impact of Covid-19 has triggered a wave of redundancies. With this unfortunate turn of events more people than ever are searching for new positions and it is not surprising that more candidates are turning to recruitments agencies to facilitate their job search.

Now, if you’ve never used an agency before you’re probably wondering what you should expect. You’re not alone in this, many of our candidates come to us having no experience of working with an agency and for some people this can be quite daunting.  We wanted to give you a first-hand insight into how our process works and how we will help you find your next role.

Registering with us

Before signing up with any agency you should do your research, you want to be reassured you are working with the best specialists in your field. Follow the company on LinkedIn to see what their about and look to connect with the consultants that manage your sector. This way you will get a feel for them, as after all you want to ensure you are using an agency that you have confidence in from the outset.

Once you’re sure that this is the right agency for you, the next step is to register your interest. This may be by applying for a specific job vacancy you have seen advertised or just generally registering that your open to opportunities. Either way once you’ve registered you’ve started your journey.

Once we have received your CV, we can look at this in more detail. We will then pass it onto to the consultant that is best suited to manage your application.  They will have a catalogue of jobs which they are working and can see if your profile suits these positions.

It’s important to be mindful of the volumes of candidates that agencies are receiving at the present moment.  Be patient on a response, just because you don’t get a call immediately doesn’t mean we’re not interested in working with you. While you’re waiting for a response you should get your CV and references organised, having this prepared could avoid hold ups further down the line that could slow down the recruitment process.

Meeting your consultant

Once we do get in contact, we will engage in a telephone conversation with you to discuss what it is you’re looking for.

After your initial phone conversation, we will arrange a face to face meeting with you to register you onto our database, which is likely to be over zoom. We have had an extremely positive response to conducting our meetings over zoom as it offers flexibility and removes the need for travel.

We hold these face to face meetings to get to know you better and is a compulsory part of our screening process. Ultimately, we want to find you the best possible role and ensure that you are the best fit for our clients. Our consultants have taken time to mould relationships with their clients and we have a responsibility to them to pre-screen candidates efficiently before putting them forward for a position.

The waiting game..

This tends to go unsaid in the world of recruitment, but don’t expect contact with your consultant every day. With the volume of candidates we work with it would be unrealistic to have constant contact with each and every candidate daily.

While you’re waiting for us to get in touch about a potential new role keep us posted of any changes in your circumstances, things change its inevitable but all we ask is that keep us in the loop.

While job searching it can be easy to become frustrated if new vacancy’s aren’t regularly coming your way, but rest assured we are constantly working behind the scenes to find you your perfect role; by speaking to clients about your skill set and personality traits and sending out mailers regarding your expertise.

Sending your application to clients..

We would never submit your CV to our clients without briefing you on the role first.  We want you to find your dream position and wouldn’t put you forward before checking it’s a perfect fit.

Whether successful or not you will always get feedback from our consultants. Each and every one of them are highly experienced, with an average length of service of five years in their respective markets, meaning that they can offer great advice and insight into the sector.

Sending you out for interview..

If we’re sending you out to interview, we are 100% confident you are right for the role, our reputation depends on it. We will be there on hand throughout the interview process if you need advice or help. As soon as we are notified of the outcome, we will come back to you with what we hope would be great news but if you’re not successful on this occasion we will always gather thorough feedback from our clients.

Do you think Four could be the recruiter for you?

As much as we do everything we can, we can’t promise that we will be able to find a suitable role for everyone we meet but one thing we can promise is to deliver a great service throughout your job search.

Four Recruitment specialises in Finance, HR, Business support and executive recruitment, so if you think we’re the right agency for you, you can register with us HERE or call our office today 01204 326 444

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