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Last year, over 1 million people used a Recruitment Agency in the UK* to find a new job - but what should you look out for when selecting your recruitment consultant?

We all know the feeling of looking for a job, after all, we’ve all been in the same position as you. Trawling through job boards, sending out countless CVs and getting nothing but rejections back (or maybe you don’t hear anything at all).

Luckily, we’re here to make things a lot easier for you. We’ve been finding people creative and digital jobs since 2004, if we do say so ourselves, we’re pretty good at it! We recruit for digital and creative jobs across Leeds and Manchester and we’re here to find you the perfect role.

But how do you know you’ve found the perfect recruitment agency? Here’s a couple of things you should be on the lookout for when working with a recruitment agency.

1. They spend time getting to know you.

You’ve seen a job, sent in your CV and now you’re getting a call. Good sign! When a good recruitment agency rings you, they usually want to get to know you, understand more about your work history so they can help find the role that’s right for you.  Top recruiters ask the right and relevant questions and it’s usually over a coffee, (bonus!!).

During the whole process when you need to speak to them, they will be there for you to offer help, advice and support and if they’re at a meeting or engaged with another candidate, they’ll get back to you as soon as they can.

2. They will know the ‘ins and outs’ of the roles they’re recruiting

They will know everything about their client before picking up that phone and talking you through the job description.

They will be able to answer your questions, tell you some of the projects the client has worked on and give some examples of past work that has been a success and may interest you into the role. They’ll also be able to tell you all about the company culture and give you background information on the recruiting manager.

If they’re really good, they will probably have placed people there before and the client will want to work with them to find the best people over and over again.

3. They focus on your best bits

Recruiters will always find people who have the best attributes for the role they’re looking for, they will pick out the most interesting parts of your CV and see if you’re a good fit.

Good recruiters have a knack for finding people who have the right skills and personality for the job, so when they tell you that you’re on their shortlist, it means you have a good chance of getting the job.

They don’t just know that ‘you’ve done creative roles’ or that ‘you’d be great for an amazing opportunity I have’ they will have looked through your CV, identified your key skills and will know the best parts to speak to you about. 

4. They have strong client relationships

Clients expect only the best candidates from recruitment agencies, that’s why it’s imperative for them to have good relationships with the people that are finding their future stars.

Here at Network Marketing, we have client meetings all the time, we meet them to see what they need and make sure we can do just that for them! We’ve been working with many of our clients for years and we know just what they’re like and we can see if you fit the bill for one of their jobs!

5. They specialise in your industry

This is a big one. When you’re going through a recruitment agency, you want to know that the people talking about you know exactly what they’re talking about.

Here at The Book, we work solely in the creative and digital industries which means we know it inside and out. Trust us you’re in good hands.

So if you’re looking for a new opportunity, try The Book, with down to earth recruiters that get recruitment done properly! Have a look at our job search and see if there’s anything you fancy. Call us for a chat in Leeds (0113 218 3550)or Manchester (0161 696 0010)