No matter how many jobs you have previously had, how many careers you have considered, or how many people are in your network, opting to work with a recruitment agency is a beneficial option for many job seekers.
Not only does it make the job hunt a lot more approachable and efficient, but working with a recruitment agency means that you are more likely to be up-to-date on open positions and you can take advantage of their professional relationships.
If you are still searching for your dream job, you should consider working with an agency. To help you out, here are four things to look for in a recruitment agency as a job-seeker.
That the agency prioritizes knowing the needs of both parties
Undoubtedly, the aspect that separates the creme de la creme of recruitment agencies from the rest is that the former prioritizes thoroughly getting to know the needs of both you as a job-seeker and the firms that they work with.
Not every agency does this because it takes additional time to meet with those key players and to obtain an in-depth recognition of the industry. They need to work on learning what both parties are trying to achieve, a goal that can only be completed by taking a customized approach.
The top recruitment agencies in the UAE do this as they know it is the only way to ensure that the ideal candidates get matched with the right companies as quickly and efficiently as possible.
That the agency is home to seasoned experts
Just as with any company you opt to work for, you want to ensure that the recruitment agency you partner with has a team of seasoned experts who have a long — and successful — history of pairing job-seekers with full-time, part-time, permanent, temporary and seasonal positions in excellent companies.
These recruiters need to be on top of their game and armed with a wealth of knowledge for it to make it worthwhile for you to put your potential future into their hands.
One of the ways to tell whether or not an agency is home to seasoned experts is to look at how they present potential employees to businesses. You don’t want to be working with an agency that sends dozens of lesser qualified applicants to firms; instead, you want to be working with seasoned experts who know that sending a few high-quality candidates that genuinely match the position is a better way of doing it.
However, only the real experts know this.
That the agency has a stellar track record
As mentioned above, one easy way to see the quality of a recruitment agency is to take a look at their track record. If you are choosing between some options, you want to take some time to ensure that the actual track record they have can support the promises they are stating.
Having a stellar track record means that the recruitment agency has not only paired employees and companies in a benefitting way, but it also says that they have an established network of genuine relationships. In fact, the best recruitment agencies know that they must seek to maintain long relationships with both candidates and companies.
Why does this matter to you?
Well, the recruitment agency’s reputation will dictate their ability to source both the highest quality talent and the knowledge of open positions. You want to work with an agency that is revered by both job-seekers and companies; otherwise, they aren’t going to have the relationships needed for you to find your dream job.
That you can feel their passion
One of the most important decisions you’ll ever make in your life is where you choose to work and how you trace your career path. You are (hopefully) passionate about your work and the future you are creating for yourself and, therefore, you deserve to work with an agency that is just as passionate about the process as you are.
You need to be communicating with someone who genuinely loves what they are doing, as this is how you will be assured that they are going to go the extra mile to guarantee your achievement.
Therefore, don’t forget to search for a firm that not only places your success as their chief priority, but is also filled with passionate workers. That is how — together — you will find your dream job.
Have you ever worked with a recruiter? Have you looked into any Middle East careers? Let us know your thoughts or experiences in the comments below!
David Mackenzie, a recruitment professional with over 20 years’ experience in the field and a record of entrepreneurial accomplishment, is Managing Director and Head of HR at Mackenzie Jones. As the Group MD, David is responsible for the overall direction of the Mackenzie Jones Group, including Mackenzie Jones, MumsAtWork, MENA Solutions, Simply Digital and ThinkTech.