Working for different recruitment agencies

By: John Bult

Therecruitment industry in the UK is huge, with recruitment agencies inalmost every industry sector you could imagine. There are manycommon elements to all recruitment jobs, however, within thisindustry lies a range of choices for the types of recruitment agencyyou could work for. Here are some of the main types of recruitmentagencies you will find with some of their key features for you as anemployee.

  • Large multinational recruitment agencies. These companies will have 100s and possibly thousands of staffworldwide and benefit the ecnomies of scale that large companies cangenerate. They are likely to have highly established brands intheir markets meaning business development requirements may belimited, and indeed they are likely to have a business developmentspecialist for this task. The recruitment consultant role in thesecompanies is likely to be fairly narrow, with perhaps resourcersdoing initial database searches with the consultant doing the finalselection for submitting to the client, ultimately managing therelationship with the recruiting manager.

Large recruitment agencies are also likely to have strong internaltraining processes in place

from and intial training course to ongoing training as youdevelop. In addition, for successful

recuritment consultants there will be developmentopportunities, places higher up the structure

to aim for, promoted positions in other offices or evenother companies. That said, there will

be string competition from all the other consultants inthe organisation

  • Smaller but cross functional recruitmentagencies. There are many of these in the UK. They usually stemfrom a niche specific agency which has exapnded into other relaedareas. For example a recruitment to recruitment agency who sets upa sales desk and a graduate desk. a catering agency that bracnhesout into hospitality. In these companies you may find you have amore autnomous and all encompassing role in charge of a desk in aparticualr sector or at least part of a very much smaller team thanthe larger organisations. you may find the rewards for greaterresponsibility are higher but so are the pressures that go withthis. Trianing may not be as thorough in smaller organisation andconsequently they may look to employ people with direct experiencewho don't need as much training.

  • Temporary recruitment agencies. These may behigh street agencies or agencies in sectors where contract work iscommon, such as construction, nursing and medicine, pharmacy andmore. In these roles you will have candidates employed by youragency on behalf of the client generating smaller but regualr fees. Rather than the one off big hit of permanent recruitment agenciesthis role has more elements of account management in constantlylooking to fill your clients vacancies. In addition there is theadditional need to manage candidates who ultimately have the abilityto make you look good or not. A temporary worker who fails to turnout for work won't do you any favours, if they are letting you downyou need to have your finger on the pulse.

  • Small boutique/niche specific recruitmentagencies. These are very often either born from recruitmentconsultants who have decided to set up their own agency or anindustry manager who has been on the receivinh end of recruitmentservices. In these companies you will very much feel you are on thecutting edge of business with fortunes swaying month on month. Excellent performance can often bring very high rewards inbusinesses with relatively low overheads. However, when things aretough you are more likely to feel the bumps. Training is often verylimited, perhaps shadowing an experienced consultant or Director fora few days, don't expect a formal training program. Alsoopportunities to develop may be limited if the agency is to remainsmall and limited. But, if you think oyu would enjoy being a bigfish in a samll pond this may be for you.

Ifyou are planning a career in recuritment and have ambitions toprogress, it would be advisable to experiecne different types ofrecruitment agencies on the ground level. Agencies can vary greatlyin there work environmentHealth Fitness Articles, the types of tasks you will face inaddition to varying amounts of pressures.

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