If you are looking for a new job, recruitment agencies can often be the first port of call along with getting your CV into shape. It’s good to get the ball rolling in your job hunt and to be reaching out into the market – however, it is also wise to have a plan and to think about your networking, where are you are going and your longer-term career plan.
To get you started on the right track, here are some resources designed to accelerate your job search:
- How to target & apply for jobs - is a short, easy-to-follow workbook which will help you get smarter in your job search targeting
- 100 Executive Job Search Tips - offers a step-by-step approach to succeeding in the executive job market
- 135 Networking career tips - outlines a wealth of tips to help you succeed in your networking
- Sell yourself with confidence - will help you position and project yourself confidently in the job market
- How to Ace the Interview - is a crucial companion to a successful interview
Now, here's our top ten list of UK-based recruitment agencies to help with your next steps:
Michael Page - With more than 35 years of experience, Michael Page International is one of the world’s leading recruitment businesses. Complete with its uncommonly personalized service, an iPhone app and a full corporate social responsibility programme, this is truly a recruitment agency for the 21st century. From accounting to secretarial, Michael Page works with a huge diversity of clients to source permanent, contract, temp and interim talent in practically every sector imaginable.
Reed - Reed not only has offices nationwide, but also offers a jobsite that allows you to browse a huge variety of vacancies. The site is broken down into 42 specialist sector-specific sites and you can also browse international jobs, jobs starting right away, and 50k+ jobs.
Blue Arrow - One of the largest recruitment business in the UK, Blue Arrow also has branches throughout mainland Britain. Once you're registered with them, if they find a vacancy they think is more suited to you than the ones you've been applying for, they'll let you know.
Hays - Hays has a worldwide presence and its UK network includes a dedicated Northern Ireland website, as well as offices in Belfast, Newry, Derry and Portadown. The Hays UK website has a career advice section covering CVs, interviews, job offers, and situation change.
Office Angels - An agency specialising in secretarial and office support staff and vacancies, Office Angels is the UK's leading recruitment business in the sector. As well as a network of 80 offices, Office Angels has a website that offers a "virtual branch" and career tips, amongst other things.
Bond Recruitment - Bond is a multi-sector recruitment specialist that covers fields ranging from architecture to languages, leisure to electronic security & fire. All consultants are specialists within their particular sectors and match you with roles according to your skills and personality.
Cathy Richardson Associates - CR Associates specialises in the fields of sales, techno-commercial and general commercial recruitment for the manufacturing industry. The company focuses on your as a whole and your long-term career, rather than just filling the vacancy.
Adecco Recruitment - Working across a number of sectors, Adecco places candidates in roles in the fields of Finance, IT, Admin and Sales, amongst others. The business has branches nationwide and its website offers a vacancy search, career tips, Microsoft Learning Kits and more.
ACME Appointments - This recruitment consultancy has been placing candidates for more than 55 years. The sectors it operates in include property, office support, marketing and accountancy. Its offices in Central London are easy to find and reach from any point in the city.
Tate - Tate specialises in office jobs, allowing you to browse their website for vacancies by location. Established in 1985, the company has 27 offices across the UK. Its website includes downloadable guides and reports, a blog, and a newsroom.