It’s tough out there, especially for millennial professionals. The labour market may seem to be improving, but don’t tell that to someone who has been searching for and applying for a whole host of employment opportunities over the last 12 months.
It can oftentimes seem impossible to locate a position. But have you considered using an employment agency?
Employment agencies connect you with job prospects, some that may be temporary and others that may be permanent full-time. These firms become solutions for those job-seekers unable to find a position after several months of trying.
Here are five job-seeking tips when using an employment agency:
1. Know What the Firm Specializes in
Not all employment agencies are the same. It is true that many employment agencies offer a wide variety of jobs, ranging from engineering to culinary to sales. However, it is also true that some employment agencies specialize in a specific area or industry, and the jobs vary, too.
So, as you comb through the labour market and become interested in taking advantage of an employment firm, it is critical that you determine what the employment agency specializes in.
2. Understand What Jobs Are Offered
Akin to the last point, there are employment agencies out there that provide jobs that vary in length.
For the most part, an employment agency will offer three jobs:
If you’re a full-time professional, then you’ll likely aim for permanent. On the other hand, if you’re a student searching for supplemental income, then temporary may be more suitable.
Whatever the case may be, it is important to determine first what jobs are being offered.
3. Always Treat it Like a Job Interview
It is common for applicants to be more laid back, easy going, and less tense when they go to an employment agency. The reason may vary, but it is likely that they don’t consider it to be a job interview. This is a bad idea because you should treat each visit as if it were a job interview.
What does this entail exactly? Here are a few tips:
- Arrive to an appointment at least 10 minutes early.
- Dress professionally; sport business attire.
- Put away the smartphone during the interview.
- Bring a resume and a list of references.
- Act in a respectful, calm, and intelligent demeanour.
These are only some of the things you should do, but, as a default, treat it like a job interview.
4. Be Sure to Follow Up & Stay in Touch
When you arrive home after your job interview, you should contact the employment agency by email and thank them for their time. Moreover, if you have not heard back from the organization in a week, then you should follow up and see if there is anything around. Finally, even if you have moved on, it is important to regularly stay in touch with the firm or the person you dealt with.
By giving them a friendly reminder once in a while, you may be more memorable.
5. Don’t Worry: You Can Say No
A common concern for many applicants is that they fear they will need to accept every job that is sent their way. This is a legitimate worry to have, but you are not required to say yes every time.
And an employment agency will understand.
That said, if you continually reject every offer you are given, then the agency will likely concede defeat and look to someone else to fill a role. So, you can really weigh your options, but you need to be aware that you risk your placement should you repeatedly reject an offer.
When you’re stuck in a rut and you can’t seem to find any work, then sometimes you need a helping hand. An employment agency can be that professional life raft once you have exhausted all options. Perhaps after just a couple of weeks with the firm, you’ll find the job of your dreams.