How To Get The Most Of Your Employment Agency

Often people are unsure about how to use a employment agency. Many candidates are hesitant about approaching agencies and are unsure about what to expect from consultants. The truth is enlisting the help of an employment agency can be very beneficial to your job search. Employment agencies have the inside track and are trusted by companies to present only the best candidates for the job. Essentially agencies are the eyes and ears of potential employers.

Which one to choose?

You should always sign up to more than one employment agency, simply because it is better to have a team of consultants working for you giving you access to more positions and exposing you to a broader base of potential employers.

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How Being Lazy Hurts Your Employability

In a competitive job market it is vital that all potential employees present themselves as capable and hardworking. With most jobs being oversubscribed with potential candidates, anyone who comes across as lazy will rarely reach the shortlist stage and this element will therefore hurt your employability. Laziness can mean many different things and can be ascertained through an interview, references, application forms, and even from your original cover letter or CV, and it is therefore essential that when applying for a new post you pay specific attention to avoiding demonstrating any incidences of laziness.

As an example, laziness could be viewed as an unwillingness to use initiative and this is often identified via interview. An interviewer may ask questions regarding challenging situations that you have faced and how you overcame them. If, as a candidate, you respond by saying that you simply asked your boss to fix the problem for you, or to deal with the customer on your behalf, without demonstrating any initiative or drive to solve the problem yourself, then this could be considered as lazy, and hinder your employability.

Similarly, your CV may hint at laziness if you do not address gaps correctly. For example, if you have an unexplained gap of 12 months between jobs, an employer may assume that you simply sat back and did nothing. The majority of the time this is not the case, and even if you weren’t in direct paid employment you should still include details of how you spent this time, for example, caring for a sick relative, travelling around the world, or learning new skills through voluntary work. Be explicit as far as possible to ensure that your CV gives the right impression. This also applies to any unfinished courses or programmes of study. Lots of students change courses halfway through, or indeed decide that work is a more appropriate path to take. An incomplete course therefore shouldn’t equate to laziness and this should be explained either at interview or briefly within any of the original application documentation that you present.

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