You have completed your ICA study journey and proudly attended the award ceremony but the quest for excellence does not end there. Once you have your qualification you will want to put it to good use. Some students decide to look for a new job and some have taken the qualification to assist a move into the ‘compliance’ sector.
Over recent weeks I have been spending time guiding and advising some of my students in their quests for employment so I thought I would share with you my top 10 tips on dealing with recruitment agents.
1) Choose your agents carefully. Take a look at the job postings by each agent – it might be that some would be more attuned to your requirements than others.
2) Avoid the temptation to register with too many agents. Choose a few to start with and take the opportunity to meet them face-to-face if you can. The more they know about you the better they can serve your needs.
3) Manage your agent relationships carefully. Keep a record of which roles you have applied for and through which agents. Some recruiting firms use more than one agent. Recruiting managers frown upon receiving CVs for the same person from multiple agents. After the first couple your CV will not even be reviewed as you were not considered suitable so don’t waste your time.
4) Don’t wait for the agent to provide feedback after an interview – proactively call them. If you feel the interview went well let them know it. They can convey your enthusiasm to the recruiting firm when they call them for feedback on you.
5) If you do not hear from an agent after an interview chase them! Some might avoid providing poor feedback but if that was the case you need to know so you can improve your interview performance.
6) Don’t be afraid to tailor your CV to highlight certain aspects of your experience or skill set to make it role specific. You are the product and you are allowed to sell it (fibbing on your CV is not acceptable though) so put forward an updated version of your CV to your agent where appropriate.
7) Do not let your agent alter your CV. Be prepared to accept constructive advice about format and style but make content changes yourself – remembering not to give a false impression of your skills or experience.
8) If your agent requires your CV to be put onto a generic template make sure you review it before they submit it on your behalf to check for errors or omissions.
9) Don’t wait for your agent to call you about suitable roles after registering with them. Proactively review recruitment portals such as the Complinet Recruitment Portal and approach them about roles you are interested in.
10) If you are not getting any joy with an agent review the alternatives and cut them loose if there is a better option out there. Don’t stay out of loyalty (or laziness).
Discover more useful tips as part of the International Compliance Training Student Journey series.