What does a recruitment company do?

If you are look for work then you may wonder what a recruitment company does and if you should be going to see one. There are several different types of recruitment companies, some of which specialise in certain industries such as teaching or IT. Some only offer temporary vacancies others also source suitable candidates for permanent positions. You may also find a recruitment agency that offers both.

You can decide which recruitment agency to use depending on what type of work you are looking for. If you are in desperate need of a job and do not mind what you are doing as long as you have an income the temporary work may be the answer but it is also worthwhile registering with ones that search for more permanent positions in the meantime. With this type of work you may be expected to go to a different place of work every day – basically going where the work is. Some people love the change whereas others hate it.  

Recruitment agencies fees also vary. Often with permanent positions, it’s the employer that is charged not the successful candidate. With temporary work, agencies tend to take a percentage of your salary to cover the costs.

Self employed? Don’t forget about your training

Being self employed can have many perks and advantages but it also often comes with a lot of responsibility. Depending on what industry you are in, you may need to ensure you are kept up to date with latest advances in technology or legal / safety procedures.

It is all too easy to get a little complacent when you are self employed and not really realise the important of keeping up to date with advances in your industry. This can lead to legal issues if you advise someone incorrectly or simply make people lose faith in who you are wand what you can do.

Many companies offer courses to business owners or self employed people to allow them to get themselves up to scratch with these advances and will guide them through recent changes and up and coming changes that may affect them in their role. They may also offer courses on time management or sales, which can be very useful to many people who are in a self employed role.

You may even consider taking a course that is not within your business industry such as accounting to allow you to have a better overview of your finances and how to work out tax etc.

Should you be asking questions in an interview?

An interview for a job gives the employer the opportunity to find out more about you and to see if they think you have the skills and personality to fit into their business. But an interview should also be an opportunity for you to find out if the job is right for you.

Often the advert for a job posting only has very limited details and you will usually have a number of questions which you need to know the answer to before you can accept a position, should it be offered to you.

Although an interview is predominantly for the employer to find out about you and your skills/experience etc it is also an opportunity for you to find out about the job role and the company to see if you think it is the right job for you and you should not feel bad about asking a few questions. This also shows that you are confident and that you are making sure that you are suited to the job without just jumping into it.  

It is always a good idea to ask a little bit of background about the company if this has not already been covered in the interview as this shows you are taking an interest in who you may be working for if things go well.

It is best to wait until the end of an interview to ask questions as you may find that your question is in fact answered.

Commuting for a job

Finding work can be stressful and if you have been looking for a long time or are in desperate need of an income you may find yourself applying for jobs that are not really what you want or may not be practical for you.

If you are looking at taking a job that involves a long commute to work then you will need to be aware of the complications this may have and if you are willing to accept them. Communing to work can have an effect on your life in many different ways. Firstly it will mean that you either have to get public transport or use a car which will increase your travel costs. This should be taken in to account when you are working out your salary as you may be better off to take a lower-paid job that is more local. It’s not only the extra fuel that will have to fork out for too, wear and tear on your car e.g. tyres and brakes, can all very quickly add up.

Having to travel a distance for work is going to increase the time you are out of the house every day and this can have an effect on your personal life. If you are having to leave very early in the morning and not getting back until late you may feel like you are getting little time to do anything else and your quality of life is suffering.

Jobs to suit your personality

Although many of us end up in jobs that we do not really enjoy, it’s never too late to start thinking about what career you would like to do. It may be that you have gone in to the family business or been forced to take a job purely because it offers a better pay than one that you would enjoy more. Although money is often a massive factor for people, your enjoyment in the role should be taken in to account as you will often perform better at work if you take an interest in what you do.

When thinking about job roles, try and think what your personality is like as this will help you find jobs that may be suited to you. If for example you like being outdoors and active, then a desk job is probably not right for you. You may be happier doing a job that has variety, possibly involves a bit of travelling and being physical rather than working on a computer. If you like a job that is very mentally challenging then accountancy, consultancy or any problem solving job may be perfect.

There are websites that you can visit and answer a number of questions to find out possible careers that may fit in with your personality. You can often also include any experience or qualifications you have to see jobs you may already be qualified to do as well as jobs that may require you to return to education to complete a course.