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Recruitment agencies - Your Thoughts?

Old 15th Dec 2020, 18:44
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Recruitment agencies - Your Thoughts?

I'm sure a lot of people have experience of these recruitment agencies that seem to pop up out of nowhere, especially in the UK we seem to have lots of them. I was wondering what other peoples thoughts/experiences of them are. Myself I find them a nightmare and probably one of the snakes of the industry, quite often I've had pushy recruiters send me and email and no more than 5 minutes later phoning me up! I've had experience of one phoning me up straight after an interview and being incredibly rude because I didn't like the interviewers attitude. It would be interesting to learn others experiences.
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Old 15th Dec 2020, 21:29
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I've never had problems with agencies - quite the opposite and one in particular would phone me once or twice a week to make sure everything was OK. I was always paid on time. The hey-day for me was in the '80s; a very competitive bunch regarding rates but I don't see their names any more. I guess they're all sunning themselves on a beach somewhere and getting picked up at the airport by their chauffeurs. :-)
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Old 16th Dec 2020, 07:15
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Where to start,...social vermin is the most polite term I can think of. The job spec for their occupations says it all, usually " Good basic plus uncapped OTE, telesales experience a distinct advantage "....or, how much commission can you get !

Went for one job as Hawk product support eng. About 5mins in, me and the interviewers exchanged quizzical looks and asked the same question. It turned out they were interviewing for a procurement post. Showed them all the paperwork from the "recruiter ", she'd even spoken to me the day before to confirm, details and it clearly said Hawk eng. They were genuinely embarrassed and apologetic even though it wasn't their fault. Spoke to madam when I got home and guess what ? it was all my fault for applying for the wrong job in the first place !

Another told me I was about the tenth person that day to contact her and mention a Licence, As there was no such thing, why did we all try and lie to her !

Another, in a very affected accent, said I was a "terribly good fit " for a customer support managers role, but then, "it says you have a Degree, but, you were only a Cpl !..sorry, probably a bit weak on the projecy skills, speak again, soups "....not made up I assure you !

Possibly, in a class of her own, was the one who asked if I had any NVQ's as it was very important to have qualifications and experience in aviation so I asked if she had my CV in front of her, which she did it seems, but clearly missed the types and quals listed. She duly, with all gravitas, explained that with no NVQ's she couldn't possibly put me forward ...at this point, I asked if she was intrinsically thick, or, had developed this trait as part of her personal development....or both ?.....there was a very long pause before, with as much indignation as she could muster, she said she was a senior recruiter and had never been spoken to like that before, that I was the rudest man she had ever encountered, and was terminating the conversation and I was never to contact her again ! ....I managed to inform he, before the phone went down, that I hadn't even begun with my opinion of her and her intellect.
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Old 17th Dec 2020, 20:16
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Find a good one and they will look after you.I work for MPI and they are very good always pay on time and keep me in work.
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Old 17th Dec 2020, 22:16
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I've never had any problem with the agencies I've worked for although most have only been for a short period of time.
I think the aviation agencies are generally pretty good, however I'd stay clear of those that aren't aviation specific.
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Old 18th Dec 2020, 17:10
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I've moved between aviation sectors quite a bit. But I've only had successes with recruiters finding jobs for me, one of which head-hunted me from the ether and successfully placed me in a position with a company that very definitely never used recruiters! Can't beat horses for courses - I suppose.

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Old 26th Dec 2020, 11:57
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I agree with KnC, in my experience the agency staff have no idea about licences or qualifications, I worked for myself for ten years, never once had a satisfactory experience with the recruiters, and from the other side, when helping clients recruit the agencies did not find suitable applicants, they are ok for supplying fitters, but do not understand competency requirements for CAMO staff for example.
LineUp seem to be about the best that I had dealings with.
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Old 28th Dec 2020, 07:51
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" they are ok for supplying fitters "

Hmmm ?...true, up to a point. I know of one case where tank fitters were recruited, and you had to feel sorry for these lads as it was no fault of theirs, only to arrive and find they were expected to work on fuel tanks, whereas they were indeed tank fitters....if the tanks were the industrial storage type

I know of at least two cases where electrical fitters were recruited ...the minor detail of them having worked on an aircraft clearly escaped the recruiter,, but very useful when it came to domestic and domestic appliances electrics

And two trimmers who would be more conversant with shop / store windows and counters than MM Chap 25 shall we say
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Old 11th Jan 2021, 02:30
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Agreed with you on that, but then again even some of the in house recruiters are a bit thick.

In terms of agencies I've only worked for 1 agency which was a aviation specific one they paid well and always on time but I always got the impression of being 'used' if that makes sense. I stopped using them after the recruiter got rude with me and refuse to use them since. I've notice recently a few 'new' agencies popping up and have my suspicion some of them are just rebranded ones trying to pretend they are 'new', maybe because they have got a toxic reputation?

The only decent ones I know of are JMC & Line Up
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Old 11th Jan 2021, 02:37
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I'm not surprised, some of these recruiters are terrible. I had one send me for an interview with an airline and when I got there I found out the person they were replacing had died and basically they wanted an exact carbon copy of him. I carried on the interview but left knowing it was all for nothing & drove back home (a good 80 miles away) and about 10 minutes later I get a phone call from the recruiter asking me how it went. I told him what they had basically said and the impression they gave to me, and he got very rude really quickly almost mocking me, asking me if I was dressed smartly(Which I always do). Needless to say I ended the call and I've never used that agency since.

The issue is they get paid to put people into jobs no matter what their experience, they make out they'll find you the perfect role but they don't really give a damn!
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