I just graduated and have got a few offers to use recruiters, anyone have any success stories from these? (or otherwise!)
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- Thread Starter
- 07-07-2014 17:09
- 07-07-2014 18:41
I'm unsure what sector you envisage going into, but I'm pretty sure that the underlying experience of recruitment agencies will remain un-changed whatever industry you go into.
I have always wanted to be a teacher and I plan on doing a PGCE next year. I have volunteered extensively in schools and on mentoring programs throughout my time in university however I decided to look for a year of work in a school as a teaching assistant. Working a couple of days a week in a school is very different to a full time job in one.
A couple of days after my final exam I sat down and seriously began to look for work. Recruitment agencies seemed to be the obvious first choice as they were in contact with many schools. I figured that there was a reasonable chance one could place me. Eight days after finishing my final exam, on the 27th of May I got in touch with the first of two recruitment agencies that I used. After a quick conversation on the phone I was asked to send my CV through. They got back to me relatively quickly and asked me to come in the next day for a registration interview. That I did. The meeting went swimmingly well, I was told I had good experience and they seemed extremely confident that they could place me.
Being a skeptical sort, I decided to get in touch with another recruitment agency. These people invited me for interview on the 4th of June by which point I hadn't heard from the others. Everything went reasonably well but I left feeling dejected. As I walked back to the train station I can remember thinking "how many more of these interviews will I have to attend before I can secure something concrete?" Not much longer, apparently. Before I had even got home I had received a phone call from one of the recruiters, inviting me to interview at a nearby school the next day. This I did, and it seemed to go extremely well. Later on I received a phone call from the recruiter. Apparently the school liked me a lot and had invited me back to partake in two 'trial days' held the week after. I attended these on the Tuesday and Wednesday. There was an agonising wait before I heard that I was offered the job to start in September on the Monday- just a month after I had completed my final exam. I still haven't heard anything from the first recruiter I contacted.
In hindsight, I'd push your CV to numerous recruiters (if I hadn't, I'd still be job searching), but yes you can find work from them.
- 08-07-2014 15:35
Worth a shot. Some better than others. Have you tried any yet?
- 08-07-2014 16:41
You never know if you do not try it