- Posted by phil
- On 09/12/2019
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Navigating the job space has become quite a tumultuous task in recent years; new technology coupled with the changing dynamics of work life has made the once simple journey to gainful employment a gruesome task. Adding to the chaos the African professional has to worry about is the terrifying prospect of scammers and human traffickers. So in the midst of all this, how can one tell whether or not a recruitment consultancy is genuine?
Here are the top five things to look out for when choosing the right people to help you with your job placements:
Reputation: With the risks involved in relocating, it is essential to do a thorough background check on the agency you decide to choose. The internet is a good place to start. Check that the agency has notable references and is part of some of the more globally recognized employment confederations or associations such as the REC.
Transparency: It is essential to partner with an agency that makes you aware of the entire process from start to finish without springing surprises mid way through your job placement. A common trend is that of new payments being asked for that were not mentioned at the start of the process – this should raise a red flag. You should not produce a dime without being fully aware of the process. Even then make sure whatever payment you make either goes directly to the appropriate place or you are well receipted for your payment.
Accessibility: How accessible is the agency you have selected; if you need information are they on hand to provide it or are they difficult to get a hold of? The best agencies make it their priority to ensure that all your needs are catered for hassle free. This is why it is important to find agencies who look like they have put considerable effort in setting up their offices both physical locations and on online platforms. When it is clear that a sizable investment was made in setting up, this usually shows a commitment to the profession and a desire to give the customer a good experience. Make sure the agency you work with not only talks the talk but also looks the part.
Accountability: It is essential to have a point of reference when you decide to relocate. Friends and family members may play an integral part in this by referring agencies they have used before. Social media platforms like LinkedIn pages may also help as they show you who the agency is affiliated to and who endorses the agency. Reputable agencies often have stellar client testimonials that show how good the experience of working with them is.
Professionalism: All the above with the addition of good work ethic and competence are the mainstay of a good employment agency. If something seems too good to be true it usually is, so always look out for the above and make sure whatever agency you use always remains professional.
Over a decades’ experience in recruitment has shown me that a lot of the problems people face are usually the same. It maybe in student recruitment or work placements the challenges that come up are often similar and often arise from scammers who are looking to make a quick buck off the vulnerable public. So always do your research and make sure you are fully aware of the process and understand it fully.
by Tinotenda Phil Gwitima