5 reasons to apply for your next role through a Recruitment Agency

reedblogIf you’re close to finishing your degree or you’re on your summer break there is a good chance you will be looking for a temporary or permanent job. When exploring your options the question may come up; is it better to apply through a recruiter or approach the company directly?

There are many unknown advantages to applying via a recruitment agency.

Here are the top 5 reasons to work with Reed Scientific:

1   Your CV is more likely to be seen by the hiring manager

An employer receives an average of 250 applications for every job advert. He or she will spend 5-7 seconds looking at a CV. When your CV matches the requirements of a role your recruiter will not only make sure your CV is seen by the employer but will also discuss your experience and skills with them, supporting your application.

2   You get the advice needed to improve your employability

Recruiters know the market. In addition to CV and application guidance your specialist consultant will provide pre-interview support, including an overview of prospective employers based on their knowledge of the company.

3   You will have access to multiple opportunities through one point of contact

Recruiters keep you updated on relevant vacancies. They provide you with information on the market and discuss the different opportunities you can access with your experience – even if it’s a career path you may not have considered.

4   You have constant support whilst you are looking for work.

Recruiters help you apply to the right roles and give you last minute advice before an interview. They chase for feedback and negotiate offers on your behalf. They will also call companies on your behalf to see if they have suitable vacancies in their teams.

5   And it is all for free!

Most recruitment agencies (including us) provide their services completely free of charge for candidates.

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us at aislinn.brennan@reedglobal.com or join us on  our LinkedIn page https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3764511 for further tips and advice

Reed Scientific – Science Jobs in South Wales (Employer talk & Drop-in)
31 January, Upper Glyntaff

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5 Mistakes not to Make at a Careers Fair

So, we are at that time of the academic year when recruiters are on campus actively promoting their brand, engaging with students and actively trying to drive applications onto their graduate and placement schemes. One of the ways companies do this is through careers fairs. Yes you know, those huge scary rooms, full of giant stands, littered with giveaways, brochures and company representatives waiting to speak to you. The good news is that this is really your opportunity to engage with recruiters or employees from companies and build on research to find out about their opportunities. There are however some key mistakes that students make when attending  university careers fairs and I’m highlighting a few to ensure that you’re not the one to make them!

OneNot researching the organisations that you want to talk to
Nothing gets my goat more that when a student approaches my stand and says “So…what company is this and what do you do?”  The first impression I get as a recruiter is definitely not Wow, this candidate sounds great, I want them working for me!”  Researching the organisation before hand, looking through their website on what roles they offer and what qualifications are needed will let you know whether this is a company that is aligned with your own goals. You could look up their recruiter on LinkedIn and maybe even connect with them beforehand.  Try this approach instead
Hi, my name is….and I currently study BA Business Management. I have been doing some research on your organisation as I’m really interested in your 12 month placement scheme, could you please tell me some more about the application process please.”  It’s all about first impressions! When companies are at career fairs they are looking for talent, so if you approach recruiters in the right way then they will respond positively!

TwoBeing dressed like you have just got in from your student night out
Personal brand is everything when it comes to companies looking for their future leaders. If you show up looking like looking like you’ve been out all night and haven’t bothered going home before you come to the fair then you are showing no sense of personal brand. Take some pride in your appearance. Would you turn up to an interview looking like this?  First impressions count in any situation.  I’m not saying you need to come in full business dress, but remember that you want a graduate job, so give yourself the best opportunity to stand out from the crowd by dressing smart, grooming and approaching me with a smile on your face.

ThreeNot having a recent, good CV with you
OK, so you’ve created a good first impression on me, approached me smartly dressed and have done some good research on my organisation. I’m thinking this candidate has potential and I want to be able to follow up with you after the careers fair so I ask for your CV – You don’t have one!  How are you standing out from the crowd now? Take several copies of a generic CV with you (even better if you’ve tailored one before hand as part of your preparation) so that you can leave this behind. Some companies may just tell you to apply online, but encourage them to take the CV anyway or take the opportunity talk a bit about yourself and your skills for the role …show them that your are more than just a name on an application. Another important point is to be open-minded when looking at potential companies. Don’t go to your careers fair with tunnel vision. Many employers at the fair, be it national and international brands down to smaller SME’s have many opportunities that might be what you are looking for and really suit your skill set, so be open minded with the organisations you look at…you never know what gem they might have.

FourFilling up on the freebies with your mates
Yes, most organisations have freebies; it’s their way of keeping their brand visible when you get home and to make their stands look enticing to get you over. Your job is not to fill up as many bags as possible with free stuff in competition with your friends, but to interact and engage with your potential future employer and collect information. It is always good to go out on your own so that you can have some one-on-one time with a recruiter or employee from the company you want to work for, so don’t trawl around in a big pack.

FiveNot getting recruiters details and failing to follow up
The hard work has been done, the fair is over, you’ve met some great employers, left a few CV’s and come away with some great company information. How many contact details did you get? If you want to truly set yourself apart from the competition and give yourself an opportunity to work for your dream company then ensure you collect contact information and then follow up with an email or a personalised request on LinkedIn. This will look great to recruiters; you researched the company well, looked smart, gave a CV on the day; then followed up with an email saying how great it was to meet and how you’re looking forward to hearing back. If you’ve followed those 5 steps… the chances are pretty good that you will hear back!

Martyn Flynn
Martyn Flynn,Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Enterprise Rent A Car

Meet Martyn at the Opportunities Fair on 10 November 2016

10 tips to help you get the most out of a careers fair

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As a student or recent graduate taking the next step towards your dream job can be daunting. You may not have a lot of work experience or you may be apprehensive about being in a new environment. It is perfectly reasonable to feel a bit nervous but a careers fair is a great way to ease yourself into job interviews and job hunting.

A careers fair is a two-way street, employers and recruitment agencies want to make a good impression as much as you do. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of a careers fair:


  1. Research the companies that are attending, which ones focus on your area of expertise and which ones would you like to find out more about? Put a list together and make sure you visit each exhibitor stand on your list.
  2. Update your CV and print copies. Employers and recruitment agencies will be looking to find out more about your skills and experience. They will be happy to take a copy of your CV so they can easily get in contact with you if a relevant position becomes available.
  3. Create a LinkedIn account. If you haven’t already set up a profile on LinkedIn. Many employers and recruitment agencies use LinkedIn to find suitable candidates and you could be the first to hear of relevant opportunities if you are connected to the right people.
  4. Plan your outfit. While you don’t necessarily need to look really smart it is better to dress on the smarter side of casual and avoid wearing trainers. Don’t feel like you have to dress plainly to look presentable, wearing something with a bit of colour and personality should make you more memorable.
  5. Prepare answers to common interview questions. While a careers fair is not as formal as a job interview employers will still be looking to find out more about you. They may ask about your degree, the subjects you have studied and what your career aspirations are. If you are prepared you will feel more confident and be able to deliver answers clearly and concisely.
  6. Think about questions you may want to ask. If you are speaking to a recruitment agency you might want to ask what types of companies they work with and what sort of roles they have available. If you are speaking directly to an employer you may want to find out what the work environment is like and whether they offer training and further qualifications.

On the day

  1. While it may be comforting to stick with your friends you are likely to get more out of a careers fair if you visit each exhibitor stand as an individual. This will allow you to ask all the questions you want without feeling like you have to share the conversation with someone else.
  2. Remember to smile. Even if you are nervous don’t forget to smile when you talk. People you are speaking to will find you more engaging when you smile and you will feel more confident.
  3. Take notes. If you are told to visit an employer’s careers page or if you get given any advice be sure to jot it down. After the careers fair you can follow up on all the contacts you have made and apply for any vacancies using their preferred application method.
  4. After each conversation use LinkedIn to connect with the employers and recruitment consultants you meet. This way you will be the first to know if a new vacancy becomes available as often these will be shared on LinkedIn.

For more informaintapeopletion and advice about finding the right IT or engineering job visit the IntaPeople stand at the USW Opportunities Fair on Thursday 12th November. Fill out an entry form on the stand and you could be in with the chance of winning £200 worth of Amazon vouchers.


You’re the Biz!

Business Graduates – you may not realise it, but the very subject that ygoalsou have been studying will help put yourself ahead of the crowd when it comes to securing a graduate job. 

What you need to do for a moment is turn all of this recently acquired knowledge on yourself and for a time at least, think of your job seeking or job promotion as a business in its own right. For a period of time you have to divert energies into a business sometimes glibly referred to a ‘Me Plc.’

You will have the skills to plan a business project – research your market, develop your product/pitch, identify suppliers, generate a series of interrelated milestones, market to customers etc.  It might be worth taking a step back and think about all of these skills in relation to your career planning.  Research and identify relevant employers, think about meeting their needs through the skills you have to offer, look to allies or networks for advice, consider the application/interview process and skills you need to tackle it effectively. Set it out on a gantt chart or a project plan if that suits your style, but use your inherent management skills on this task in the same way as if you were delivering an assignment or service for an employer.

There may even be a sub conscious judgement from future employers in how you approach this, as an indication as to whether you have the commercial skills they are looking for. Imagine a marketing department recruiting someone who has not been able to develop an effective promotional campaign for themselves, or a logistics manager employing someone who had an unstructured CV. The very way in which you approach job seeking may demonstrate some of the competencies they are looking for, and luckily for you, they just happen to be the things you have been studying for the last 3 years!




Lloyd (USW Careers)