Like in any industry sector, using a recruitment agency is one of the best ways to find a job in construction. The contacts, market knowledge and sheer volume of potential opportunities that they accumulate make them a powerful ally, and one that can save you a lot of time and effort when looking for work.
If your recruitment agency experience is a positive one, the chances are you’ll use them again as your career progresses. If it isn’t then you’ll know not to use them again in the future, but not before they might have cost you the chance of securing employment somewhere.
It is therefore vital that you work with the best construction recruitment consultants you can find. Here are some key things to look out for before you decide who is best placed to help you achieve your goal of finding work in the construction sector.
Do your research beforehand
To increase your chances of working with a reputable construction recruiter, approach those that have been recommended to you or that you know are specialists within the industry. Word of mouth recommendations are always a good indicator of competence and you can also find out about them by researching their websites, particularly to see if any testimonials are published.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
You have every right to know more about the background and credentials of the recruitment consultant or agency that you plan to deal with. Working with a recruitment agency should be a partnership. In order for it to work successfully, it requires trust and transparency on both sides.
For the consultant it is in their interests to get you a job as they will be paid by the client if they are successful in placing a candidate in a role. Therefore you can expect an experienced, professional recruitment that is knowledge about the construction sector working on your behalf to find a role that is a good match for your experience and skills.
Be prepared to walk away
If you have reason to suspect that the service you’re likely to receive will be less than professional, you’re perfectly entitled to tell a recruitment consultant that you do not wish to work with them.
Examples of dubious recruitment practice would typically include some or all of the following:
- Forwarding your CV for roles without permission
- Overselling or underselling a job to you so that you agree to attend an interview
- Not returning your calls or emails and not giving you feedback throughout the recruitment process
- Not meeting with you prior to representing you to clients
If you know your recruitment agency is culpable in any of these areas, or you have heard of one that is, you’ll be better off looking for help elsewhere. Candidates should mean as much to recruitment agencies as their clients, but sadly, the actions of some suggest this is not always the case.
If you’re going to entrust a construction recruitment agency with the task of finding you suitable employment, you want one that is going to act with your best interests at heart.
Bling Work is a true construction recruitment specialist. Equally valued by both clients and candidates alike, we are experts in matching construction professionals with roles right across the industry. If you are looking for work you can submit your CV through our website or give us a call on 0800 046 0605.