Job agencies are a quick option for people looking for work that are starting out in the job market. Yet in a jobs market that is as competitive as that of Kenya, finding a job via an agency is more difficult that most people recognise.
If you are starting out to find a job and are relatively young, the selling point of the job agency marketing voice is extremely attractive. They will tell you things like you do not need to dig through the employers yourself and plenty of such cool appearing information.
Some things that job agencies will not tell you
It is for the largest part true, but as merchants selling a product, most job agencies will leave out important details that would have helped you make a more informed decision on the best way to go about finding jobs in Kenya.
First; a job agency will not tell you that they are a business whoever key interest is to make money. They often will sell themselves as a service provider who only has your best interest as the primary goal. That pitch, you will soon discover as you interact with the business world, is not even true in the world of non-profit establishments.
All services that are set up are designed to serve the customer, and that word ‘customer’ is what makes the difference. The primary customer of a genuine job agency is not you the job finder, rather the employer. You can see the acid test of a genuine job agency on an earlier article ‘Why crowding around common jobs search methods works against your search’. recruitment agency burnley
Second, a job agency will not tell you that the more of you there are on their database, the simpler it is for them to get those all important corporate clients. For that reason, an actual job agency will need to have a lot more of you the job finder on their data base, than the jobs they can make happen.
The third thing they will never tell you is that it is technically impossible, within the highly competitive jobs environment in Kenya to find jobs for as many people as there are on their database.
The fourth thing they do not tell you, and this is quite crucial, is that they are most often paid to find more impressive range reps than starting people looking for work. If you are starting out face to face search, you are basically on the lowest rung on their list of priorities.
There are many more things they don’t tell you, but let us leave that there.
That said, I really do advice that you try a reputable job agency. But what is the right place of a job agency?
Where then should you place job agencies in your job search?
An actual job agency is a superb service provider to help you craft your CONTINUE. I see way too many ‘crafted in a River Road cyber’ type of CVs that are great dustbin fodder for employers to leave that unsaid. Hear it from me, your CONTINUE is your representative in the jobs world. Getting this document right is essential to your job search.
Some agencies will charge for this service, and some will not. There is really no rule there. However, a great CONTINUE will not come purely from the agency ‘expert’. If you have no idea who you are, they will bring out a CONTINUE that indicates you don’t know who you are.
Agency CONTINUE experts are a bit like the computer; rubbish in is rubbish out. It is your duty to give them information that they can craft to make you look good.
Once done, it is very important to keep a copy of this CONTINUE with several agencies. Why?
For the very reasons we sited above; you are one in many that they are serving. Do not give your CONTINUE one agency and go home and rest.
The most important place of a job agency in view of the high competitiveness for jobs that is in the Kenyan jobs environment can be as a backup. You job agency CVs should be in your head and in your activities a spare wheel or a ‘just in case’ option.
Searching for a job in Kenya is like fishing with a net. The broader your net, then the more your likelihood of catching fish. And I can guarantee you from years of experience, your own efforts will get you results before any agency calls to ask the punctuation of your second name.
However, let us say that you engage your own job search plan and get a job, but the job agency doesn’t deliver. Then you have nothing to lose.
But let us say that even knowing critical indicators working against you finding a job via an agency, you used that as most of your search method and it failed to deliver, then you do have a tremendous lot to lose.
Take your CONTINUE to the agencies, but get great to find yourself a job. At the quality of the competition for a job, ensure you work all options, both agency or yourself; whichever gives you results first.