The answer depends on your circumstances.
To find out if using a recruitment agency is right for you, here's some information and advice on using employment agencies in your job search, including the pros and cons of using job agencies and 9 Top Tips to maximize your success with them.
Recruitment agencies are paid by employers to find suitable applicants for job vacancies which the employers have. The 'finders fee' is paid to the job agency (by the employer) once someone starts work or after someone has been with employer the required time.
Positions may be permanent, temporary, contract, full time or part time, or any combination of these. In the case of temporary jobs, the job agency often pays the worker direct and charges the Company a little extra on top to cover their fees.
There are many types of employment agency, but the main ones are:
1. High street chains (many with websites)
In the USA, these include:
In the UK, these include:
These employment agencies deal with a wide variety of work. A high proportion of vacancies are temporary and contract positions, particularly administrative or secretarial.
2. Specialist job agencies
Such as Hayes, Computer People, Accountancy Additions, Driver Hire.
These recruitment agencies tend to specialize in one or more job sectors and as such have a lot of expertise. If you know the job sector in which you want to work, this can be very useful indeed. For general jobs, try the non-specialized recruitment agencies.
To help you decide if it's the right job search method for you, read about: