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Recruitment agencies are useless!!!

Hi guys,


I'm a recent graduate in BA HONS Accounting & Finance, and I finished my degree in 2 years with a First Class Honours.

Now, everyone just assumes, that just because I got a First, that it would be plain sailing when it comes to getting a job... WRONG.

When its comes to employment, recruiters don't really see a difference between a 2.1 and a First (although there is a significant difference).

So 3 months went by... and nothing. So I decided to sign up to a few agencies (Hays, Brampton Recruitment, Mark Sattin etc etc etc... bloody all of them!!!) ... and its took me another 3 months (6 months in total) to realize, that all's they do, is put false hope in you and make you promises that they never keep.

Out of all the agencies, only one was able to organize an interview for me, and I got rejected because of an external applicant, which by recruiting would save the company on their costs.

Thankfully, I was not so idiotic to place all my hope into these silly agencies, and I also applied for grad jobs (the whole online application, then tests, then phone interview then assessment center routine), and come January, I began getting quite a lot of responses. One of which, happened to be Atos; a company that has recently taken over Siemens, KPMG Consulting, Origin, Xerox and Phillips (to name but a few!). I was successful at all stages, and have been offered a role as a Graduate Finance Specialist working up towards a managerial post. They are also offering to pay for my CIMA or ACCA with quite a good starting salary of £25,500 with regular 6 months reviews.

Now... I promise you, that I am NOT here to brag. But to advise all you young and talented graduates out there.
I just want to say, don't place your hope in these agencies. They are very forceful and try to make you promises so that you don't apply to other job roles, hence they can drive a more reliable sale. Furthermore, the jobs found through agencies, tend to be quite low in pay and opportunities compared to official grad schemes/roles.

I am not saying that they don't work at all, i'm sure a lot of people have found jobs through agencies and have built a long and successful career. However, all I am saying is, have some faith in your ability to find a great role! It worked for me, so with some hard work and dedication, it will work for you! just keep applying (get people to help you do your online tests! they hardly ever re-test you!) and just keep going. Obviously keep your options open to agencies if they offer interviews, but please don't put your faith in them... 95% of the times, I have been left disappointing, with some BS excuse 'oh, they decided to recruit internally ¬_¬).

I just felt obligated to share this with you guys!

Thank you, and I hope I haven't offended anyone!

PEACE!
(edited 9 years ago)
Reply 1
Did anyone ever seriously think a recruitment agency is going to get them a decent graduate role?

Almost all graduate roles are over-subscribed by applicants.. why would the company bother paying a fee to a recruitment agency to fill it.
Reply 2
I'm still amazed people are only just starting to twig that Uni doesn't equate to insta-job.
Original post by Reue
Did anyone ever seriously think a recruitment agency is going to get them a decent graduate role?

Almost all graduate roles are over-subscribed by applicants.. why would the company bother paying a fee to a recruitment agency to fill it.


Some companies don't have an online application portal and are closed companies, hence less applicant... those are the companies that typically use agencies, so in areas like stoke (where I live) there is quite a lot of them. They have worked for some of my friends but, its just there approach that I hate and reliability that i dislike.
Original post by A5ko
I'm still amazed people are only just starting to twig that Uni doesn't equate to insta-job.



Well it kind of did for me to start with.

I was offered a role with Deloitte in London before finishing Uni, but don't want to relocate; hence I waited and took up a role with Atos.
Original post by J-SP
The reality is for many employers they don't actually care about the difference between a first or a 2.1... They would much prefer to see more interesting things on an application that a few percentage points difference to a degree classification.


Posted from TSR Mobile


I agree, one guy at the Atos assessment centre had a 1st in Maths from Uni of Surrey and a masters, but got rejected... I wasn't surprised though, pretty arrogant.
Original post by mohammad1993
hi guys,


i'm a recent graduate in ba hons accounting & finance, and i finished my degree in 2 years with a first class honours.

Now, everyone just assumes, that just because i got a first, that it would be plain sailing when it comes to getting a job... Wrong.

When its comes to employment, recruiters don't really see a difference between a 2.1 and a first (although there is a significant difference).

So 3 months went by... And nothing. So i decided to sign up to a few agencies (hays, brampton recruitment, mark sattin etc etc etc... Bloody all of them!!!) ... And its took me another 3 months (6 months in total) to realize, that all's they do, is put false hope in you and make you promises that they never keep.

Out of all the agencies, only one was able to organize an interview for me, and i got rejected because of an external applicant, which by recruiting would save the company on their costs.

Thankfully, i was not so idiotic to place all my hope into these silly agencies, and i also applied for grad jobs (the whole online application, then tests, then phone interview then assessment center routine), and come january, i began getting quite a lot of responses. One of which, happened to be atos; a company that has recently taken over siemens, kpmg consulting, origin, xerox and phillips (to name but a few!). I was successful at all stages, and have been offered a role as a graduate finance specialist working up towards a managerial post. They are also offering to pay for my cima or acca with quite a good starting salary of £25,500 with regular 6 months reviews.

Now... I promise you, that i am not here to brag. But to advise all you young and talented graduates out there.
I just want to say, don't place your hope in these agencies. They are very forceful and try to make you promises so that you don't apply to other job roles, hence they can drive a more reliable sale. Furthermore, the jobs found through agencies, tend to be quite low in pay and opportunities compared to official grad schemes/roles.

i am not saying that they don't work at all, i'm sure a lot of people have found jobs through agencies and have built a long and successful career. however, all i am saying is, have some faith in your ability to find a great role! It worked for me, so with some hard work and dedication, it will work for you! Just keep applying (get people to help you do your online tests! They hardly ever re-test you!) and just keep going. Obviously keep your options open to agencies if they offer interviews, but please don't put your faith in them... 95% of the times, i have been left disappointing, with some bs excuse 'oh, they decided to recruit internally ¬_¬).

I just felt obligated to share this with you guys!

Thank you, and i hope i haven't offended anyone!

Peace!


it took you 6 months to find a grad job hahahahahahaha
Recruitment agencies are full of bs and some I found to be racist
Reply 8
Original post by _icecream
Recruitment agencies are full of bs and some I found to be racist


In what way did you find them to be racist? Please explain.
Original post by BangCock
In what way did you find them to be racist? Please explain.

I once went to register at a recruitment agency about 4 years ago. I asked the lady if she had any vacancies preferably in an office environment she said no even though it was clearly advertised on their website she then told me that they have other vacancies such as cleaning, kitchen assistant that type of work. My mate who's white same qualification, same age got the office job that's why I never bothered with recruitment agencies anymore
Spectrum it recruitment are particularly useless over a number of years I have been registered with them and I have never had any jobs from them
Original post by J-SP
The reality is for many employers they don't actually care about the difference between a first or a 2.1... They would much prefer to see more interesting things on an application that a few percentage points difference to a degree classification.


Posted from TSR Mobile


The job adverts I see from recruitment agencies, is...wait for it...experience is required.
Original post by paul.miller584
Spectrum it recruitment are particularly useless over a number of years I have been registered with them and I have never had any jobs from them


Recruitment agencies are a mixed bag like most things in this world of work.
I have worked with national branded agencies like Brook Street, Hays and much more recently Pertemps and I was sometimes never out of work.

You can't let agencies do all of the work; you have to actively ring them up, otherwise they will think you're not interested at all and you'll end up being inactive in their systems. I work in recruitment myself now and if I see a temp worker having not worked in at least 6 months, then I wipe them off the system.
Reply 13
Thank you for sharing your experience. I am going through the same ordeal right now. I have completed my masters and for some reason I am not getting an interview. I have applied for 300 jobs of all sorts and income. Registered with more than 25 agencies. Still no luck. I am thinking my ethnicity is coming to haunt me now.
Reply 14
Original post by BritishGirl
Recruitment agencies are a mixed bag like most things in this world of work.
I have worked with national branded agencies like Brook Street, Hays and much more recently Pertemps and I was sometimes never out of work.

You can't let agencies do all of the work; you have to actively ring them up, otherwise they will think you're not interested at all and you'll end up being inactive in their systems. I work in recruitment myself now and if I see a temp worker having not worked in at least 6 months, then I wipe them off the system.


I ring them everyday, email them everyday. I leave messages and try calling them again. The only thing wrong is what I have started to think as well is my ethnicity. If I show you examples of the job I have applied for in contrast to my qualifications and skills, you will be shocked.
There is only one thing and thats racism!!
It’s 2023 i can proudly say that this statement from 8 years ago is still relevant !!! Recruiters are an absolute bloody waste of time
Original post by roc.g
I ring them everyday, email them everyday. I leave messages and try calling them again. The only thing wrong is what I have started to think as well is my ethnicity. If I show you examples of the job I have applied for in contrast to my qualifications and skills, you will be shocked.
There is only one thing and thats racism!!

The gentleman is write as soon as they see the name Muhammad or Khan or any other non English name they throw the CV out

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