Doing Your Part
Don't expect to be spoon-fed, there are things you need to do
Going to a recruitment agency might even the odds in getting a job, but only if you do your part too. You have to look like a worthwhile investment to be considered.
Start thinking like a business proposition - because that's what you are - and certainly what the recruitment agency will present you as when they make their proposals to the client.
Imagine you were going to float yourself on the Stock Exchange. A CV would be only the beginning, right? Ideally you would prefer to present a whole showcase portfolio - anticipating every query or objection and having convincing answers.
Here is a checklist of the further preparations you can make to help your recruitment agency - and make the process of choosing YOU as the candidate that much more of a foregone conclusion.
As a professional you should know the sector your target job is in, making yourself thoroughly familiar with all the main trends and key players. If you know your subject, you can talk with authority, demonstrating to the client (your prospective employer) that you are experienced, knowledgeable and properly motivated. Read the trade papers, visit the trade websites, make yourself familiar with all the main competitors. After all, it's your chosen field and one of those companies may wind up being the one you work for!
Proof of ID
This means your passport. Not a photocopy, but the real thing. The recruitment agency need to know for themselves that any copy they hold is real, often because they are legally liable - to the client, and to the official body governing that industry sector.
Sure, you have the all same information in your CV. It may be necessary as a signed and verified statement too. With the new intensity on public security, bodies such as the Civil Aviation Authority and others responsible for public safety require this detail by law, sometimes with your residential history too. Have it ready.
Like your passport, you need to have the genuine articles, ready for inspection and photocopying by the recruitment agency. They are under obligation to verify that you can do what the job requires, and not providing proof simply delays the opportunity to make an application - or puts you out of the running altogether.
This is where you can really score. Some employers require skills and attitude tests as part of normal job screening. But when they don't, being able to volunteer certificates of your own puts you ahead of other candidates who rely on evidence back from their training days. Let's face it, there are all kinds of skills you have acquired as your career has advanced, it's important to be able to prove them. Visit our affiliated ClickATest site to see how many skills you can verify.
Again, some of these are required by law. Your agency will want them anyway as insurance against candidates who misrepresent their backgrounds to obtain employment fraudulently.