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The 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Recruitment

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Aisling Harrison Blog, Recruitment, Tips...

1. Are recruitment agencies free?

A candidate should not pay for the services of a recruitment agency. Employers will pay for a recruitment agency to find them suitable candidates for a role; therefore, this should be at no expense of a job seeker even if they are secured work through a recruiter.

Candidates should be wary of any third party who claims they charge a fee to look for work on your behalf.

2. Can recruitment agencies tell your employer?

Recruiters have a legal responsibility to protect your data under GDPR; therefore, they have no right to disclose that you’re looking for work elsewhere to your current employer or anyone else.  With your consent, an agency will likely ask your employee for a reference after you’ve accepted another job.

3. How do recruitment agencies work?

It is the role of a recruitment agency to support their clients by finding them suitable candidates to apply for positions they need filling. Services that a recruiter will provide a hiring company include; job advertising, interviewing, inducting, testing and completing ID verifications.

In turn, recruitment agencies also support job seekers to secure temporary and permanent work with their clients. A recruitment agency is a private company and not the same as a local authority or a job centre; therefore, they are under no obligation to find a candidate work.

4. Which recruitment agency should I use to find work?

Ambitions Personnel! We work with over 500 clients across a variety of sectors and in addition to being seasoned recruitment pros, many of our consultants have hands on experience in the sectors they recruit for.

If sadly, you’re out of Ambitions’ territory or have an aspiring career in a sector we do not specialise in then you should absolutely still use a recruitment agency!

You can register with as many agencies as you wish, and you’re not obliged to apply for any role you don’t want. Find an agency that truly cares about your ambitions (pardon the pun) and takes the time to get to know what you want from a future role or current employer.

5. Why be a recruitment consultant as a career?

Recruitment is a very exciting and fulfilling industry, which is why Ambitions has been operating for over 30-years now!

For anyone who enjoys working with a variety of people in a fast-paced, competitive and fun environment, then recruitment is for you. It’s an opportunity to really help people who are sometimes in desperate need of your support and guidance.

A profession as a recruitment consultant also provides you the opportunity to gain insights and knowledge on a variety of different industries, so no two days are ever the same! 

6. When will recruitment start again?

No doubt that COVID is responsible for this query being one of the most searched regarding recruitment.

Recruitment never stopped completely due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but the number of weekly live vacancy adverts in the UK decreased by 28% from early March to early June 2020. The commercial, leisure, hospitality and retail sectors being among the worst affected.

Since June there has been a 24.7% increase in weekly job advert postings including those sectors that were worst affected. This proves that recruitment activity has been steadily increasing, and while we have entered a recession, experts do predict that our economy will have mostly recovered by mid-2021.

7. How is recruitment different from selection?

Recruitment and selection are both stages within the hiring process. Recruitment refers to the process of looking for potential candidates to put forward to apply for a job a recruiter thinks they would be well suited to.

Selection is when the hiring employer selects which applicants they’re considering as potential successful candidates.

8. Which recruitment is going on now?

Click here to see the roles that Ambitions Personnel is currently recruiting for across the East of England. Since August there has been a significant rise in commercial vacancies, and industrial work is also continuing its high recruitment activity.

9. Why is recruitment important?

Recruitment as an activity is immensely important to business growth and development; therefore, it is crucial to always treat this process with the care and attention it requires. Finding the right professional and cultural fit can be incredibly time-consuming, but it’s always worth it when you secure talent that is engaged with your company’s success.

Supporting people find fulfilling and gainful employment is also essential to our country’s economy and ensuring opportunities for our communities.

10. Are recruitment agencies regulated?

All recruitment agencies are regulated under the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003.  

Other regulating bodies will depend on the type of recruitment a firm specialises in. For example, as Ambitions supplies businesses in food production and packaging sectors, we are licenced by the GLAA (Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority).