Agencies, finding the right one
In addition to looking at online job boards and niche career sites, you might be able to get help by contacting a recruiter, head-hunter or temporary job placement agency. Many agencies have sections for temporary work (where you are an employee of the agency but send out to their client's site) and contracts (where you are freelance or the employee of your own limited company). These may lead to a permanent job offer or have reasonable expectations to the renewal of contracts
Consider contacting a career coach or your local career
centre. Not only might they know who is hiring, but they can also provide some
great information on future hiring trends and the types of skills needed for
these jobs as well as how you can learn these skills.
Recruiters often represent unadvertised jobs. But
getting to the right recruiter is not always easy. The key to finding the right
recruiter is to understand that recruiters don't find jobs for people - they
find people for jobs. In other words, unless you're paying a recruiter directly
don't expect them to canvas the world to find you a job. Recruiters will only be
interested in you if you're right for a job opportunity at one of their (paying)
client companies. Conversely you don't pay and shouldn't not pay for someone
under the mistaken promise of getting you work. If you are contacted by an
agency the job that they are asking you about may not be real - it is little
more than their method to extract information from you.
You should apply to as many agencies as you can. Although managing this can
take time and effort it is one more weapon in the job search. You will soon find
out the staff who are more likely to help you and can then concentrate on the
agencies and recruiters who seem most affective.
Last updated 3rd March 2009