Lookin for advice day job advice

    • bradomurder
      bradomurder
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      Joined: 17.10.2008 Posts: 1,329
      Hey, I am a mechanical engineer, sort of, I have a degree and about 6 months experience but haven't worked in a year other than a bit of part time dishwashing.

      I sent my CV to this recruitment guy, he interviewed me today and was really good at the interview process and I could see that he knew what he was doing. He said that if I use him he will look at my CV for each job I apply for in addition to looking around for work himself for me and maybe some interview prep and stuff.

      His conditions are that he want me to go through him for EVERY job I apply for, he will send them my CV and sort of apply on my behalf.

      He is paid by the company that hires me if/when I get hired.

      I'm a bit worried as to how it will look getting my CV submitted by someone else (not to mention they have to pay) but on the other hand it might look proactive going to the effort of using a recruiter guy.

      What do you guys think? + or - jobEV?
  • 8 replies
    • Jaime001254
      Jaime001254
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      Joined: 02.07.2008 Posts: 366
      recruitment guy? dont sign anything!
    • trickybob
      trickybob
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      You contact a recruitment agency, meet with them and give them your cv.

      Then they find you suitable jobs. The idea is that they know the market and will know where the vacancies are. They contact the employers and arrange interviews for you.

      If you get a job, they get paid.

      But, what you're saying is that you are having to approach the companies and do all the leg work.
      What's the point?

      They are supposed to find you a job. Not get money when you have found your own job.
    • bradomurder
      bradomurder
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      Joined: 17.10.2008 Posts: 1,329
      No they do the leg-work, It's just that I'll keep looking as well and he wants me to apply through him for jobs I find too, he'll give my CV a bit of attention for these which is where the value will come from there.

      My concern is just that companies will be less willing to hire me if they have to pay an extra fee and that it'll look bad that i'm getting someone else to do all the work.

      It will be way easier than doing it all myself though.



      Or I could just move up a stake or 2 and keep running good...
    • trickybob
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      If you find your own job, you don't have to include him.

      Some of the agencies are excellent others are shit - like everything in life. You lose nothing by seeing what he can achieve.
    • FruitNinja
      FruitNinja
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      Joined: 01.05.2011 Posts: 164
      IMO, apply some jobs thru recruiter, apply some jobs yourself. Try whichever comes first.

      Don't worry about company still has to pay recruiter, if they asks recruiter, usually means they're willing to pay. Company usually pays when there are rush requirements, special skills/levels that they need, or maybe just outsources recruitment activities....

      Good luck!
    • gadget51
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      Joined: 23.06.2008 Posts: 5,622
      In support of agencies, you will also find that some companies - and I have worked for some of them - will only recruit through an agency and will not consider individual applications. They often use agencies to do all the paperwork, such as hiring and firing and general admin etc., saving the company time and money.
      This also give the agency an inside track on the job market, being so closely attached to the sector. There are specialist agencies which may be more appropriate to white collar type jobs.

      I worked for sony on the PS3 and that was how they worked.

      And yes there are good and bad agencies, so if you can, get some word of mouth information, or find reviews on the company.

      Just my small input, but hope it helps.

      Best regards,

      Mal.
    • bradomurder
      bradomurder
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      Joined: 17.10.2008 Posts: 1,329
      thanks for the responses, been taking it all in and havin a think


      I think I'll just say to the guy if he finds me a job then all g he can charge the company whatever he wants i dont care, if I find a job it's my business and not his.

      seems reasonable to me, if he doesn't want that (cos he did say he wanted all applications to go through him) I'll just say forget it then
    • gadget51
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      Joined: 23.06.2008 Posts: 5,622
      Yes bradomurder, it does seem reasonable.

      I would suggest you do in fact remember to tell them, as you may be breaking some contract rule or other; not sure though but better safe than sorry.

      I wish you good fortune with the jobsearch and there are always plenty of other agencies!

      Very best regards,

      Mal.