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7 Essential Quality Factors You'll Need in a Scientific Recruitment Agency

Choose the right agency

If you're looking for a new job in a specialist industry such as the field of science, it's not as easy as simply picking up a local paper and scanning for vacant positions.

To get the best selection of jobs and also to be in with a chance of securing the top vacancies available, going through a specialist recruitment agency is vital.

If you search online you'll find a number of scientific recruitment agencies offering their services so knowing which one to pick can be a challenge.

To help you make the right decision, here's our guide on the 7 essential quality factors to look for.

1) Experience

If finding the most desirable jobs in a specialist sector was easy, there wouldn't be any need for agencies.

However, highly skilled positions such as those in the field of science are often only made available to agencies. One of the reasons for this is that the companies can be certain that all applicants will be of a certain calibre.

experience is important

If a recruitment agency has built up a reputation for being professional, discreet and high quality, the chances are that they will have the very best positions available in the industry, as employers will turn to them first.

Therefore, one of the most important qualities is experience and a proven track record, regardless of what particular niche you hope to work in.

2) Knowledge

To find candidates the right job, it's essential to have a thorough understanding of the science, medical and healthcare industries.

Without in-depth knowledge of how each type of market operates, and what the job involves, it's almost impossible to match candidates with a job that might suit them.

Look for recruitment consultants who aren't just experienced but are informed and knowledgeable about the world of science in order to get the best results.

3) Extra assistance

You may be amongst the elite in the field of science but if you can't put together a good CV, your chance of securing your dream job will be pretty poor.

Creating a CV which is succinct yet informative can be difficult, and if you haven't had much experience in doing this, your unique skills and talent might get lost in a pile of other applications.

A scientific recruitment agency that seeks to help its candidates by providing additional services and advice, such as CV writing or even interview coaching is highly desirable.

4) Modern methods of communication

Whilst most firms offer candidates the facility to apply for jobs electronically, not all are as switched on when it comes to using social media.

Twitter, Facebook and other forms of online networking such as LinkedIn are vital parts of a modern marketing strategy and allow recruitment agencies to reach a wider audience and forge a greater number of connections.

5) A flexible search facility

Science is a wide and diverse industry and there are many different types of jobs on offer from employers both in the UK and overseas.

Therefore, if you're looking for a job in Scientific Engineering you won't want to trawl through pages of vacancies in Medical Sales, or companies searching for Statisticians.

A good search facility allows you to narrow down the jobs you view on the recruitment agency's website, so you don't waste your valuable time trying to pick out those that are relevant to you.

Filters should include not sector and role, but also location and ideally provide a keyword option too.

6) Dedicated and personal service

There's nothing more frustrating than speaking to an endless stream of faceless individuals who know nothing about your personal circumstances when you are dealing with a recruitment agency.

When it comes to technical jobs such as the world of science, it's imperative that the consultant knows your needs, goals and personal skills to be able to suggest the right job placement for you.

Don't accept an agency where you are forced to deal with a different person each time; the top quality recruitment firms will allocate you a case manager who will deal with you personally.

7) Discretion

When you are looking for a new job, it's not always wide to announce it to your current employer, especially if your enquiries are only tentative.

Make sure you have good knowledge of the sector

Therefore, passing on your personal details to an agency can be risky, because if they make a mistake, your information could easily be passed on to your current employer by mistake.

You need to know that the agency will always be discreet when contacting you, follow any instructions you give such as not calling you at work, and also that they won't pass on your CV unless you give them the go-ahead to do so.

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