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Recruitment Agency Stigma – Myths

My name is Leah and I work for a recruitment agency. Whenever I talk about what I do, I often receive the same negative response. Unfortunately, it seems as though there is a stigma that is attached to recruitment agencies!

I meet many people which include clients and candidates; some of whom have had great experiences with agencies like ourselves and others have had poor experiences for one reason or another.  Tailor Made have received great feed-back from Managers who have employed some of their best and longest serving team members via our agency.  A number of those employees have in fact taken part in internal training courses and have progressed quickly through the company.  Given all the positives it is still apparent that people are all too happy to report on their bad experiences of recruitment agencies and unfortunately the stigma remains.

People are more likely to speak about poor experiences, whether that be a visit to a restaurant where they have received poor service or an unpleasant meal or a holiday where they have experienced poor accommodation or delayed travel times.  People will always be sure to make it known if there is something to avoid, but less likely to shout from the rooftops about an amazing experience they have had.

Not all restaurants serve food to the same high standard, alas, not all recruitment experiences are the same. 

I am the first to admit that, when I found myself looking for a new opportunity, applying to a recruitment agency was not top of my agenda. Why I hear you ask? THE STIGMA. Due to the fact I had read many posts and heard many people talk negatively about recruitment agencies and drew an unfair conclusion without actually giving it a fair chance.

Agencies do not provide work for skilled, successful, workers! FALSE

Tailor Made predominantly recruit into the manufacturing/commercial industry. We offer positions for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers, commercial and management roles. There are no areas that we would not, or do not cover. Regardless of your industry or sector, if you are looking for a new employee, or looking for a new opportunity – TAILOR MADE CAN HELP YOU.

Agencies invite you to register, then never call with a job offer! FALSE

We get many applications for each position. It is essential, as a successful agency, that job vacancies are matched with the most suitable candidate. We put a huge amount of time and effort into finding our clients the best possible candidates for each vacancy. Our main aim in all our dealings is always to create a successful partnership, which will result in a satisfied client and candidate.

I will never get a permanent position via an agency! You guessed it…. Also FALSE

I cannot speak for all agencies, but we certainly have many workers who have progressed to, or commenced employment on a permanent basis. Many of our vacancies start immediately on a permanent contract whereas others will lead to this after a successful 12-week period with the company. The end result is largely down to the individual. If you are a punctual, dependable, hard-working and have a good positive attitude there is little reason why you would not get a permanent contract. Whilst some of our positions are only for a temporary period, this would always be made clear before the vacancy was filled.

Recruiters are useless!

If you would class 'useless' as spending hours each day scouring candidates to find the best employee for the vacancy, hours interviewing, 5.30am starts and late evenings transporting our temporary workers to and from their place of work (if they are experiencing transport issues) then yes, we are useless! The effort of our recruiters to make sure our workers are happy is second to none.

Tailor Made Sourcing Ltd have been successfully supplying temporary and permanent workers across the north of England since 2005. We have 4 offices across Lancashire and Yorkshire. Our aim is to establish long and professional relationships with our clients and candidates.

If you are looking for a new employee or a new opportunity, feel free to give us a call at one of our main offices for a friendly chat about what we can do for you!

Colne – 01282 696929

Bradford – 01274 759480

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