When it comes to applying for jobs, some people like to apply directly to a school, while other choose to use an agency. If you've never used an agency before, one of our consultants Kate Do Van, will give you an insight into what you can expect.
Agencies. Some people love them; some absolutely despise them. I could give you a list of what it is like working with an agency, but would you believe me?
After all, I work for one; I want you to work with me. So I have decided to share my personal experience with you, and then show what it is truly like to work with an agency… When I graduated from university I knew exactly what I wanted to do next.
There was just one problem: I didn’t have a job. For the next few weeks I spent hours searching for jobs that would a) interest me, b) match my skills and experience, c) be well-paid and d) suit my availability.
Depending from the jobs I was applying for I re-wrote my cover letter and CV so many times that one could probably not believe they are from one and the same person. I also did tons of applications, which sometimes counted up to several pages and often met with my genuinely deep frustration. It took me a good couple of months before I decided to register with an agency. From where I come from, applying for positions through an agency is not very common, so that is why I spent so much time doing something which in fact someone else could have done for me so much earlier.
It didn’t take long when suddenly my phone was ringing all the time with the roles that matched all the above criteria, but most importantly, the only thing I had to so was showing up at the certain time and place for an interview.
And this is exactly what is like to work with an agency.
1. It saves so much time – all these endless hours doing applications, re-writing cover letters and CVs. You do one application, one interview and everything else will be done for you: finding a job, getting you an interview and negotiating your salary.
2. It helps you prepare for the interview – a consultant knows the client you’ll be interviewing with so can give you tips and advise you on how to make the most of your interview.
3. It gives you a variety of opportunities in different locations – you’re dealing with a group of people who can match your skills and competencies with different jobs.
4. It helps you to progress in your career – most consultants are experts in the industry in which they’re working, so they can suggest you steps you need to take in order to self-develop and essentially get a different job with a better salary.
5. It gives you flexibility – you can choose a type of job you want to go for, and you can decide when and where you want to leave.
6. It gives you an opportunity to see how you do in a short-term employment first, which then prepares you well for a potential permanent position in the same industry, and hence stability in life.
7. Particularly when working with Protocol, agencies offer a great deal of bonuses such as trainings, travel discounts, refer a friend schemes or regular gatherings where you can meet people just like you!
So what’s it like working with an agency? In short: it’s a time-saving, job-and-money-providing and career-developing experience.
If you're looking for work in education, you can register here.