How to Choose a Construction Recruitment Agency
Construction Recruitment Agency
As a niche recruiter to the Building Envelope sector of the Construction Industry, Zac Recruitment is aware of the important role we play for candidates. On the one hand, we’re the gateway to jobs from a range of our long-term clients. But we see our role as being more far reaching than that. We know the industry well, and we’re able to offer detailed advice, guidance and support to candidates developing their career.
ZAC Recruitment Gets to Know Their Candidates
One of the earliest decisions we took when setting up ZAC, over a decade ago, was to get to know each of our candidates as part of the recruitment process. We recruit to permanent, full-time roles with clients, as well as contracting jobs, so we want to be sure we always make the best match possible. Most important, we want our candidates to grow their career with us; that way we can guarantee quality to clients when we place people with them.
Our professional relationship with candidates always starts with a conversation. We want to know about their story to date, the experiences they’ve had, and their aspirations for the future. One thing we hear quite often is that candidates have put their trust in recruitment agencies, only to find that they’re placed in inappropriate roles, or weren’t notified of jobs which would have suited them perfectly.
It upsets us to hear that our highly skilled candidates are treated with less than the professional respect they’re owed. So here are our 5 tips for candidates to consider when choosing a construction recruitment agency to work with:
1. How Interested Are They in You?
Most agencies will sound friendly and engaged because they need quality candidates, but are they really interested in you? Alarm bells should be ringing if you’re simply asked to send in your CV. For an agency to work on your behalf, you should be looking for the relationship to begin with a conversation about you. This doesn’t need to be face-to-face; it could be by phone, or skype.
2. How Does the Industry View This Recruitment Agency?
Find out what people are saying about the agency you’re considering. There are normally online reviews from candidates, but also try to get the persective of their client. This will need a bit more digging; ask people you’ve worked with, or check out LinkedIn to see if there are any professional recommendations. It’s extra work, but remember that you’re putting your career in an agency’s hands. So you want to be sure they’re right for you.
3. Are They Desperate?
If your first conversation is all about a number of roles the agency needs to fill quickly, pause for thought. Yes, it’s good to know that there’s work waiting for you, but is it the kind of work you want? Your recruitment agency should be putting your interests first, by looking for roles that will provide new challenges, or offer new opportunities to develop your CV.
4. What Support Can They Offer You?
You may or may not want support from your recruitment agency, but you need to know it’s there if you need it. This could be simply offering a review of your CV, or it could be about giving you clear feedback on your interview performance. At best, agencies will act as your advocate with their clients, arguing for why they should consider you, and negotiating the best package for you if you’re offered the job.
5. Do They Know The Industry?
You want to know that your recruitment agency knows the Construction Industry, and the niche area you’re looking for work within. If they don’t appear to understand the professional terminology you use, or they’re not aware of recent newsworthy developments in your sector, you have a problem. Remember, you want appropriate people representing your interests.
The most important thing to remember is to choose your recruitment agency carefully. Don’t just settle on the first opportunity that comes along, and always be prepared to leave if you don’t feel that they’re providing you with the support and opportunities you need.