Good Recruitment Agencies – how to help them help you

Good Recruitment Agencies
Good Recruitment Agencies working with contractors

Good Recruitment Agencies


By an Agent.

Good recruitment agecies get you jobs by working for you and they do this by building market understanding. Good recruitment agencies will take references BEFORE finding you a role – so they know that, when a suitable role arrives for you, they can sell you in.

Don’t begrudge good recruitment agencies such important information that sets you apart from another CV.

Contract job atgencies
Contract Job Agencies

Of course don’t tell every agent everything, choose one or two that you like – perhaps choose an agency that seems to know the market and appears to do a good job.

You do not have to work with all the idiots out there!

What the Recruitment Agencies Need

Understand that good recruitment agencies use information – this is how it works.

But if you keep on good terms with your clients, you can maintain in contact with them as your own lead. However, let the agent know some details to follow as well. In return he will be (if decent and focused to a vertical market) well placed to put you forward for other roles. That is, info he/or she has followed elsewhere.

Good Recruitment agencies can be useful.

Ideally a good contractor will work with an agent, through relationship building, in his or her own vertical or niche.

Pass Agencies Leads

Pass them leads you gain from non specialist, large CV churning recruitment companies that don’t care about you. They work by undercutting the market (Plc’s and cowboys).

Let your agent use these leads to gain market share and place you.


Agents ARE interested in getting you a job – especially if you are good and can back this by a good reference and track record.

Contract Recruitment agency
Contract Recruitment agency get contractors jobs

Don’t be paranoid!

Contract Renewal – Let Them Know

It is essential you let good recruitment agencies know when you are up for a renewal – this is a window they have of passing hot roles your way.

Of course good recruitment agencies monitos the situation with your current company. However, if you are fairly specialist, and or have a good relationship, then it is only a really dishonest agent that goes in and slags you off(to get someone else in.

We all know it is a small world.

Let your agent know if more is coming up where you work.

Good Job Hunting Tip

Tip: The large recruitment companies are not necessarily the best. Niche players may be better for you to work with.

Larger agencies tend not to specialise well.

Getting a Good Contract Rate from an agency
Getting a Good Contract Rate from an agency on a contract

It is likely they have a few large accounts with clients that have them by the balls on a low margin giving a range of roles. So they cannot focus on your specialism!

And they give less of a monkey’s about getting you and them a good deal.



  1. Sadly, too many recruiters have abused the “I just need to get a couple of references” line, that it just doesn’t wash any more.


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