Secrets of the Job Hunt


Monday, November 26, 2007

I hate employment agencies

I received this email from a job seeker recently complaining about one of my job boards.

SUBJECT: Too many agencies in your site

MESSAGE: Hello, I object to agencies. They mostly are a total waste of time for the job seeker!
The majority on your first page are agencies and it is a real turnoff.
Ok, so there are a couple things here I need to say.

1. Don't blame the job boards. We can't pick and choose our clients.

2. Employment agencies are a fact of life in the job hunt. Get used to them. Find ones you can work with and establish relationships with them.

3. Agencies DO NOT work for you. They work for corporations who hire them to find the right person for the job. It's not personal if they don't get back to you right away.

4. Companies are very picky these days. They're looking for specific skill sets and aren't as likely to hire on potential.

5. Don't apply for jobs for which you are not qualified. I realize there are some job seekers who are down on their luck right now. But the worst thing you can do is blame somebody else. Make your own luck. Do something unique to stand out. If there is a job you want, go get it. Prove to the company that you are the RIGHT person for the job.

And if you are afraid of using agencies, simply bypass them by targeting employers directly. The internet is the perfect research tool to do that. Here's a good example.

1 comment:

Coletha Browning, MBA said...

I have to agree regarding the comments on job agencies. Right now they may not be the best choice for most job hunters, especially if you’re in a pinch and you need work right away. Approaching employers oftentimes yields better responses. I registered with a few agencies that offered me work that I was way over qualified for and it is true what is being said about today's job market. I have heard that the unemployment rates are fairly low, or at least low enough in some areas that allow employers the option of being very picky. They want outstanding applicants who understand today's technologies and have up-to-date job skills, but it doesn't mean that there isn't something out there. It does mean that job hunting today is not without its challenges.