Is there any need for them? I understand the need for headhunters, but not for recruitment agencies.
Recruitment agencies seem to just be an unnecessary node in the employment process. They’re expensive for businesses to use and with the economy the way it is, most businesses must be in excess of all the CVs they need to recruit someone themselves, surely?
I had a phone call from a recruitment agency earlier this week – one who tried to argue with me about speaking badly about a former employer – surely that isn’t their job? Said recruiter decided to tell me “I’ll speak to my client about possibly arranging an interview and get back to you” half way through asking for details about my past employment history. A blatant get-out ploy – one that I saw straight through since she never even got back to me.
I don’t think all recruitment agencies are bad, you might have thought I would. Point is, this job-searching is hard enough without some stupid recruiter telling me off for my past working experience.
On a more positive note – a recruitment agency has offered me some temporary work at a reputable company but has yet to confirm everything with me. If only he’d reply to the messages I’ve sent him. Ah, recruitment agencies – where would we be without them?