Recruitment agencies

Recruitment agencies are a good source for your job search if you understand how they operate and know how to communicate with them.

Recruitment agencies work for an organisation to find suitable candidates for full-time, part-time and temporary/temp roles. They advertise positions, collect and short-list applications, interview and test candidates. Recruitment agencies cannot assist you with graduate positions, but they can assist you in gaining an entry level position.

There are general agencies, and there are specialist agencies that specialise in:

  • an industry (e.g. science and technology)
  • a level of experience (e.g. entry level administrator, high level executive)
  • a geographic area

Tips when dealing with agencies

Be selective

  • Only contact agencies that are relevant to your job search
  • Research and find 2 or 3 that suit your industry and/or experience level

Build rapport

  • Create a positive impression
  • Prepare your questions and practice talking about your skills
  • Use Interview Gold to practice
  • Follow up after your meeting if you do not hear from them

Know your career goals

  • Be very clear about what you can offer and the type of position you are seeking
  • Recruiters are only be helpful to you if you know what you are looking for
  • Recruiters will not be able to assist you with career counselling


  • If you are not successful in your 1st and 2nd applications, keep trying
  • Make regular contact every 2 to 3 weeks
  • Ask for feedback on your interview skills

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