Finding Suitable Agencies
There are many recruitment agencies in Glasgow.
Use this survey to find out which agencies recruit new graduates or would be useful to approach in seeking vacation work. You might also find out which agencies recruit for a company in which you are interested.
Check the job sections in the local press to monitor which agencies are particularly active in the area in which you are interested.
See the Recruitment and Employment Confederation website (www.rec.uk.com) which has a searchable online directory of recruitment and employment agencies throughout the UK.
Try also the Yellow Pages or www.yell.co.uk
If your university has a Student Employment Service, use it to find out about vacation and term-time vacancies.
Recruitment agencies can be useful in your job search.
- In cities such as Glasgow, there is usually plenty of casual work available, much of which is advertised through agencies.
- Agencies can provide a gateway to unadvertised jobs and some specialised posts.
- Some large companies outsource graduate recruitment to agencies and some may use agencies to pre-select their candidates.
- They can be a useful source of work experience through temporary or vacation work.
However, it is important to proceed with caution when registering with an agency.
- You should not pay to be matched to employers.
- You should avoid being talked into taking unsuitable jobs.
- Be wary if a recruitment consultant provides no information about the company or the job.
- Do not be pressurised into changing your CV into one you are unhappy with. It is your CV!
You may register with more than one agency - 3 or 4 is probably a manageable number. You usually make contact by telephone or e-mail and then are invited to visit their office to register. Remember to take the most recent copy of your CV with you but be prepared to fill out the same information on agency forms. If you need help in compiling your CV, you may be able to attend a drop-in session at your careers service. You should tell each agency which ones you have registered for and which roles or firms your CV has been forwarded to. This avoids duplication.
Recruitment consultants tend to be very upbeat about finding you a job, but sometimes seem to forget about you as soon as you leave their office! So it is important for you to be proactive and telephone a named contact regularly to ensure your name is at the forefront of their minds when jobs come in.
Many recruitment agencies belong to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and should adhere to their Code of Good Recruitment Practise (www.rec.uk.com). Contact the Confederation if you have a complaint about any of their members.
Anyone who has a question or wants to make a complaint about an employment agency, should contact the Pay and Work Rights Helpline :
- Directgov - Pay and Work Rights Online Enquiry Form
- Call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368
For an up-to-date listing of recruitment agencies, go to Agency Central.