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    I just graduated and have got a few offers to use recruiters, anyone have any success stories from these? (or otherwise!)

    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.

    Worth a shot. Some better than others. Have you tried any yet?

    You never know if you do not try it
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