5. Using Recruitment Agencies

This is just one element of your job search and it is worth putting it into context, a recruitment agency exists to make money, whilst you are using them to help you recruit they will be a great friend, but when you are seeking you are one of 1,000's within the market. More than 80% of jobs do not get advertised through an agency and with employers looking to cut costs it is likely even more will recruit directly.

Recruitment agencies have a role and you need totake advantage of them as part of your job search. To make this manageable first visit the website of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation website jobseekers section and look at the Find an Agency page to identify agencies specialising in your area of work; select a few of these and make contact and build a good rather than pain in the backside relationship, the objective being to remain in the front of their mind and keep your CV near the top of the pile. Out of sight is out of mind.

If the agency is really interested they will want to meet with you to discuss future career options, and verify your eligability and explore your career portfolio. These are the relationships to maintain as many employers will now get the agency to handle the first interview, an agency consultant working on your side is a huge advantage.

The document included below is a listing on online job aggregators, those who compile agency and direct employment ads and distribute them to registered members. Sign up to these and change your CV in some small way every week or two and resubmit it as this will keep advising recruiters of newly listed CV's thereby improoving your chances of being seen.

When you do secure employment let you agency contacts know and deactivate you aggregator email notifications unless you wish to keep looking for the next move. Another reason to use a separate email account and mobile contact number for easy control.