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I am looking to relocate in the next few months, I'm not sure where to, but just fancy a change of pace from Bristol; I kind of miss Cardiff so I am going to start there. I have tried changing jobs, changing house, changing state of mind, however, I think it's time to move on and taste the air of somewhere new then maybe, just maybe, I can start to relax when I turn 30 in June.
I am looking for jobs in the local areas. As I work in recruitment myself, I'm not at all surprised when I discover that it's difficult to find a job without going through a recruitment agency. New locations are tricky to work out; who does what, where, when and how etc. You would think that a recruitment agency would be able to help wouldn't you?
Here's the problem. I am looking for a change of pace with a new job in another sector or change of career doing something completely different, however I seem to be pigeon-holed into this one category of work. It's not the employers that are doing that. A well trained HR officer or manager should be able to peel away the layers of a CV and work out if you will be good for business. Yet the dumb recruitment agencies I've worked with so far can't see past the box they've neatly dumped me into! They tell me that they're not putting me forward for other jobs to protect the client. Hello? I'm sure they can make their own minds up and tell the difference between a dodgy CV, and someone who just wants to expand their horizons! All that I am asking is for an opportunity to get my CV and a covering letter in front of a potential employer. Maybe that could then lead to sitting down and having a conversation with them if they like what they see. Is that too much to ask?
As far as I can see, it's the recruitment agencies that are putting up all the road blocks to self development. They are making it impossible for candidates to make contact with the right people in a company because they interfere too much. Everything out there is seems to be bogged down with 'new business preferred suppliers' and Christ knows what else for that matter. Recruitment agencies are an unnecessary evil and I'm hoping that this credit crunch will shut some of them down. With their KPIs and targets, no wonder the recruitment market is like this.
If you're in this line of business already, I bet your thinking 'Why can't you find your own job then if recruitment agencies are such a stumbling block?' The reason I can't is because of the commitment and the long hours I put in to do a professional job in my chosen sector. It's hard to find enough time to do all the searching that would be required.
My gripe is really about those unprofessional agencies that are stuck in this world of KPI's, CV's to interviews, and interviews to placements. They way I do things, I'm more interested in getting the right candidate to the right job. I make as much, probably more than the 'KPI monkeys' and my candidates respect me when I say 'No, they don't fit'. I also don't make false promises that I can't keep.
Honesty is missing in recruitment and the dishonest car salesman type recruiters are everywhere!