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When working with an employment agency, you sometimes have to lay more groundwork. Not only do you have to sell yourself to the client that you have been tasked out to, but before you can even get to this point, you have to prove yourself to be a star to the recruiters at the agency. Without their approval, your roles may be limited. Learn what you can do to stand out to recruiters and land more promising roles.
Choose The Right Agency
Start your efforts by choosing the appropriate employment agency. Make sure you understand that all agencies are not the same in that some of them offer more specialized roles, such as accounting services. For example, if you have experience in human resources and are looking to partner with an agency that primarily outsources accounting roles, you might not stand out and may have a limited pool of opportunity. Partner with an agency that is looking for talent with your skills.
Prepare A Stellar Resume
The average employment agency can easily have hundreds, if not thousands, of applicants in their files. Given time restraints, recruiters don't always have the option of sitting down with each person for an extended period of time to learn more about their experience and abilities. If you don't get this sit-down, having a great resume can at least get you noticed and open the door. Make revisions to your resume to ensure it's clear and most importantly, concise.
Have An Open Schedule
As part of the application and interview process for employment agencies, you are often asked one very important question: what is your window of availability? The more open your availability, such as the days of the week and hours you can work and how much notice you require for an assignment, such as same-day notification, the more likely you are to secure a role. In the event that there's a last-minute role that meets your experience, you will be higher up on their call list.
Make sure you're being honest with the recruiter, whether it's honesty about your experience, education, or even the type of role you are willing to commit to. In terms of commitment, one surefire way to burn your bridges is to commit to a role and then complain to the recruiter about the role, especially if your grievances are based solely on facts that you already knew about the assignment before you accepted, such as the schedule. Rather than cause the recruiter to have to reassign a role, simply turn down any positions that you don't believe you are a fit for.
Remember, the recruiter is the first step to landing the role you want so make sure you're setting yourself up for success.