How to Get Started With a Recruitment Agency

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If you are out hunting for a job, then I know how scary and stressful it can get. Recruitment agencies make your job hunting easier in the sense that they know who to connect you with. The general process of getting started with a recruitment agency stays the same, even if some things may differ from agency to agency.

Here’s how to get started with a recruitment agency:

1. Submit Your CV

Like a job posting, you will need to submit your CV first. Your CV is what lets the agency know what roles you will be suitable for and if they have an opportunity for you. 

Most recruitment agencies will also have guidelines on how to create a good CV if you need help. Some agencies will even offer free CV review, which can be of great help in learning whether your CV is up to par with the current times.

2. Interview With the Agency

Like a job, even recruitment agencies conduct interviews. Their reputation is on the line as well when it comes to matching the right candidate with the right company. This is why they have a screening process, as well.

They also prepare you for your real interview with your potential employers. Treat it as you would treat your job interview because this can be a great mock interview practice for you. It will help you build confidence and also be prepared to answer questions.

While this isn’t an interview for getting a job, it is still crucial in the process. Because, if the recruitment agency thinks you are a valuable candidate, they will try to hook you up with a great employer and will take more effort into you getting a job. Build a relationship with the recruiter so that you stay on the top of their lists for every job opportunity they have.

3. Interview With the Employer

After you have interviewed with the recruitment agency, you are basically done with your part in the process. Now, the agency will bring you are roles that they think suit you best and may set an interview with the potential employer.

If you have managed to impress the agency, then you might have many options lined up in a short period of time. Treat each one with equal importance and make sure to be prepared. Research each company and know the role requirements.

Once you are done with interviewing with potential employers, wait for your job letter. If you cracked the interview, the agency would normally be the one to contact you with the news. They also help with salary negotiations and such. If you do not crack the interview, then the good thing about having a middleman is that you can learn what didn’t work and get genuine answers. This will help you prepare better for the next opportunity that comes your way.

Final Thoughts

Getting started with a recruitment agency isn’t all that difficult. They are basically the middlemen between you and your potential employer. Once you are done with submitting your CV and interviewing with your agency, you are set with them. Don’t forget to follow-up from time to time if you are not getting any offers.

Work for Your University to Make that Extra Dough!

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As a student, having a part-time job is not only important to earn cash that will help you to pay rent and get your groceries, but it is also important to show experience on your CV. One of the most beneficial opportunities is working for your university.

There are so many different opportunities to make cash on your campus that you might not need to look anywhere else. To begin with, check your uni’s website for the job options available, talk to your professors or students who already work for your uni.

Research Assistant

A research assistant often is an undergrad or grad student hired by the professor or the university to, as the name suggests, assist in academic research or private research.

Graduate Student Assistant – Supervisor or Tutor

If you have really good marks in a subject, then you are eligible to teach the said subject to your juniors or even your peers. This is a paying job that you can get from your professor. This job pays the best. You get paid extra to grade the papers or assignments.

Calling the Alumni

Most universities hire students to do this work. This isn’t the most desirable of jobs, but it is one of the well-paying ones. All you have to do is call up the alumni and ask for donations. The pay is good, and the shifts are also considerate of your timings. This job tends to have mostly evening shifts for students so that it doesn’t clash with your classes.

Student Ambassador

You can become the student ambassador of your university. This looks really good on the CV and is also a good chance to meet people and get comfortable with public speaking. You have to visit different schools and talk to the public. 

You have to paint your university in the best light, talk about the things that your uni has to offer, and the benefits of studying there. All this is done to bring in new students.

Student Unions

Many people like student union jobs because you get paid to meet your friends and work with them. It is easier to work with friends in this job than the others. You will be a part of all the work that the student union carries out.

Final Thoughts

Most of these positions are flexible as they are in the uni, hiring uni students, so they know the timings. You can work around your schedule and also your assignment and project deadlines. You save up on traveling, and uni jobs pay much better than any other part-time job you can get outside.