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Secrets of Dealing with Recruitment Agencies


There are lots and lots of specialty sites out there on the Net and I’m talking about job sites. You can find sites for part-time workers, office workers, team workers, temporary and contract workers. You can also go into recruitment sites and enlist their support and help.


Dealing with the recruitment site. Firstly you need to no that they usually charge fees for their service. However, it can reduce your headaches and time by using a recruitment service. There are a number of recruitment services out there. Everything for multi-national companies to some local recruitment services, look in your local newspaper, community papers. Check-out local advertising, maybe your Chamber of Commerce or industry body has a list of recruitment agencies in the area or just do a search on Google or Yahoo and see what you can come up with.


Generally a recruitment agency is there to assist you, possible act as your HR department, trying to find the right employee. The agency will do all of the leg work. However you still have to now what the employee is to look like, I don’t mean physically. The skills they have, what will they be doing in your company etc. Some question you need to answer and you need to consider could be; what type of employee do you want? What’s the job? What skills are required? What do you want them to do? What are the working hours? What are the conditions? And, of course, what is their pay? You need to be very clear about who you are looking for. In fact clearer than if you are recruiting yourself. My recommendation is prepare a job description for the job, (a detailed job description). This helps a recruiter to select the right person for you. Most recruitment agencies will have a series of questions to ask of you. These are about your business, what you specialize in, number of existing employees, the new employee’s duties etc….


The majority of recruitment agencies operate in a couple ways. And many variations in-between. You need to choose what’s best for you. Most are very flexible with what services you require. The main method they contract to are; One, - you can employ the recruiter to not only run the advertisements and supply you with a short list of applicants, between three to five for interview. From here you can interview the applicants yourself and employ them directly. Or the recruitment agency can take on the entire process. And you end up with a person or the final selection from the interviews report.

Another way is to leave the candidate with the agency. The candidate becomes the employee of the agency. They pay wages and all insurances, present you with an invoice either weekly, monthly or whatever their conditions of payment are, which you in-turn pay on that. If you didn’t wish to have the employee, it becomes the agencies problem to find other employment for them. However make sure that you understand the terms of your contract with the agency your are dealing with. Because this differs from company to company. Read and understand what you are signing, before you enter into an agreement.


If you are looking at recruiting someone, then it’s a good way to go. It can cut down your time on recruitment, letting you get on with business. If you want to find out a little bit more about what’s out there and how to go about advertising on the Net for employees and using which job sites, there’s a great book out called “Everything You Need to Know about Job Advertising”.


Len Coles has had 25 years of experience. With my wealth of knowledge and my practical experiences I have created this book. I believe that is the first of its type that is available on the net.

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