Making Agencies Work For You

Agencies are an incredibly effective method of locating your ideal job or of finding temporary work to help pay the bills while you/they are looking for your ideal job.

"But I don't like agencies....."

Many people refuse to use agencies because of a friends experience with a particular agency. Fine, then don't use that agency. But equally don't make all agencies out to be the same. Don't prejudice your chances of finding work because of one experience.

Have you ever owned a car that cost you money all the time?

Did you stop owning cars because they are all bad?

Probably not, so why not think about agencies as a means to an end?


How agencies work
The vast majority of agencies are great. Yes they charge a fee for their work, like any business does, and their clients (the employers), pay this fee..

The way it usually works is that an employer places a vacancy with an agency and the agency is responsible for finding suitable candidates.

The agency either gets paid a one off fee by the employer for finding someone that the company actually employs.

Or,

The agency is paid a fixed amount for employing a person or a group of people for temporary positions. The agency pays the candidate a fixed hourly rate for work they do on this short term contract. They are being paid a "finders fee" if you like for locating suitable people for the job.

Making Agencies work for you
You should always remember that if an agency is looking for a job for you, then you are the customer, they are working for you!

Don't go in there demanding things, but you should be able to chase them a little for the results you want.

The best approach is to locate a small number of agencies that you can work with easily. Ideally they should be located where you can actually visit them in person on a regular basis.

This is important because they see so many people all the time and you should build up a relationship with your client advisor so that you are in their mind
when a suitable position becomes available.

Lets say that you have registered with four agencies.
  • Week 1 Talk to the lst agency every day Monday Friday, call in to see them in person at least once.
    • On Wednesday speak to all of the other agencies by phone for an update.
  • Week 2 Talk to the 2nd agency every day Monday Friday, call in to see them in person at least once.
    • On Wednesday speak to all of the other agencies by phone for an update.
  • Week 3 Talk to the 3rd agency every day Monday Friday, call in to see them in person at least once.
    • On Wednesday speak to all of the other agencies by phone for an update.
  • Week 4 Talk to the 4th agency every day Monday Friday, call in to see them in person at least once.
    • On Wednesday speak to all of the other agencies by phone for an update.

Then go back to week one again.

We at All Aspects Recruitment & HR Services will do our utmost to service our clients and candidates in Darwin and Queensland. You are our business.