Recruitment agencies can be very beneficial to a job-seeker, especially in the current economic times. Generally speaking a recruitment agency will have jobs available with many companies. It is best to find a recruitment agency that specializes in your field, if you are looking for accounting jobs, or marketing jobs, you would find a recruiter that specializes in their respective field. This is because they will have the expertise and knowledge to find the right position and employer for your skills. In almost all cases a recruitment agency does not charge you a fee of any kind, they make money by charging the employer.
The best plan would be to find multiple agencies that can assist you in finding employment. You will usually start out by showing your resume and possibly taking tests to determine your skills and abilities.
Using an agency is beneficial for a few reasons. You will have someone who is working on your behalf to find a job that suits your qualifications and experience. Also they can assist you in improving your resume as they usually have a lot of knowledge in the field, in addition to coaching you for your potential interview. Oftentimes they have a long standing relationship with the employer. This is beneficial because they can advise you on the culture of the company, which goes a long way. For example if you are applying for a job as a business development manager, they can advise you on how to dress for your first interview.
Another huge advantage is you can sometimes find contract to hire work. This is beneficial because it is often easier to land the job, than you and the employer have a period where you can decide if you want the job permanently.
Another huge benefit that is often overlooked is, small and medium sized companies have a difficult time landing qualified candidates. This is because their HR departments are usually understaffed and not qualified to evaluate potential candidates. It is much easier to get your foot in the door when using a recruiter.
The biggest and most important reason you should consider using a staffing agency is time. They can land you multiple interviews with different companies. It is in their best interest to find the best available job prospects for you. In most cases, they make money when an employee is hired by an employer.
So in conclusion, no matter what type of job you are seeking, whether it be a business development manager, a sales manager, or a java programmer. Using a recruiter can be a time saver as well as very beneficial in your pursuit of a job in your field. Not to mention how much “inside information” you will get in the industry you are interested in applying for.