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Making Money Monday: Dealing With Agencies – Part Two


Apparently there's a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...it's just getting there that's the trouble.

We’ve seen the frankly unavoidable pitfalls of dealing with employment agencies. So, how do you work with these beasts and ensure you’re getting the most from them? Simples.

1.) Remember you pay their wages!
Most agencies get commission on placing a candidate (usually a percentage of your final salary) so they’re working for you as much as they’re working for the recruiter. That doesn’t mean you should adopt diva-esque tendencies, but remembering this when they’re trying to bully you into something which simply isn’t suitable should give you the guts to say no.

2.) Pester them.
In defence of the agencies, the recruitment industry has suffered redundancies as much as any other, which often means the agents have impossible workloads. Be prepared to keep on top them, call them – have they got anything new, any feedback for you? Can’t get through to them on the phone? Email them. Chase, chase, chase – so you’re front of mind when that perfect role comes through.

3.) Give them a clear brief of what you do and don’t want.
This should enable them to match the right job to you. But be realistic. It’s still a tough market out there, so don’t give them an impossible task. Separate your requirements into ‘must haves’ and ‘nice to haves’.

4.) Do call them when you come out of interview.
It seems cheesy, but the feedback you give to them allows them to ‘sell you into the client’ if it’s a job you want.

5.) Stand up for yourself.
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ if the role isn’t right. Remember recruitment is sales in disguise and sometimes you feel pressurised into going for something which really isn’t suitable.  Don’t let anyone tell you what you want to do – you tell them!

What experiences have you had with recruitment agencies? What advice would you give to someone trying to deal with them?


Some tips to help with those new year resolutions

cold remedies for new years eveA combination of the lurg and some sad news, has somewhat delayed my usual new year merriment. So this year I’m taking inspiration from Jenny of Rock my Wedding, and will be celebrating Chinese New Year on 23rd January with some serious gusto to make up for it!

We still celebrated the new year, but the sumptuous Jamie Oliver inspired feast was replaced with easy to cook homely food. Drunkenly dancing around the lounge to Jools Holland’s Hootenany; turned into getting slightly tipsy whilst watching Alan Carr on the telly. Ah well.

If London’s midnight firework display is anything to go by, this is certainly going to be an impressive year and hopefully one where we’re allowed to feel proud of Britain – through the Olympics, the Queen’s Jubilee and, well, just being darn fabulous.

My full on celebrations aren’t the only things which will have to wait until 23rd January. I’m also yet to make any new years resolutions, which is most unlike me. I think some of tomorrow will be spent with an endless mug of tea, a pretty notepad, a pen, and me, musing over what I really want from 2012.

For those of your who have already set your new years resolutions. Here’s some posts which might help you to make those hopes and dreams come true…

If your new years resolution is… to save money, you might like:

If your new years resolution is… to get a new job, you might like:

If your new years resolution is… to get that wedding booked, you might like:

Still not sure what your ressie should be? Paloma Faith posted this on Twitter, which I think provides a healthy philosophy for 2012, in lieu of any actual resolutions:

Whatever you want from 2012. Happy Bloomin’ New Year. What are your new years resolutions?