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What do Recruitment Agencies Want?

What do Recruitment Agencies Want?

As a specialist agency in the library and information management field, we are always happy to accept applications from candidates who are already working in this area, recent graduates looking for their first role, pre-library school candidates looking for experience before undertaking their qualification, or people who are looking for a change of career.

Please see below a few pointers about what to expect from us and what we expect from you:

The registration process:

A good place to start your job hunt is on Lisjobnet (of course)!

  • Send us a CV and cover letter.
  • Be available to attend a registration interview to go through your CV and discuss what you are looking for. This will be in person if you are based in London or by telephone if you are based in another location.
  • If you have seen a vacancy you are interested in on our website, please send a short cover letter/ a few bullet points and a copy of your latest CV and whoever is dealing with the role will get back to you to arrange a registration interview. We cannot reveal the details about the client unless you are registered with us and occasionally we can’t reveal the salary details but will let you know if you are in the right range.
  • If you don’t see any suitable vacancies, please send your CV and say that you would like to register with us for future roles and a consultant will get back to you to arrange a registration interview.
  • We aim to respond to all applications and registration requests within 24 hours. If we don’t think you are suitable for a role you have applied for, we will let you know but please keep an eye on the website and contact us if you see any other roles of interest where you meet the requirements of the role.
  • As a recruitment agency, we can generally only submit candidates who hold a visa to work in the location where the role is based. If you require sponsorship, it may be a better idea to apply to companies directly and they will let you know if it is their policy to sponsor people.

What to expect once you are registered:

  • Send updates about your job seeking status and if your requirements have changed. We encourage you to keep in regular contact with us and if your CV has been updated, please send it to us.
  • Please keep a record of what roles you have applied for and any interviews you have had.
  • If you have applied for a different role with a company already, either directly or through another agency, then please let us know. It isn’t a problem, we just need to know when and for what role as we may have agreed terms with a client and can only submit candidates after an agreed time period has lapsed. It is useful for us to know the job title and level as if they are considerably more junior or senior, or in the same team, it may not be worth resubmitting you.
  • If another agency has contacted you about the same role, please let us know as we can’t submit you again. We don’t mind! Being submitted to the same role more than once is not a key to success. It is more likely to make you look like you can’t keep track of what you have applied for.
  • If you have been submitted to, or interviewed for, a role recently and rejected there is no point applying for the same role again. They will remember you and will be surprised that you have applied again so soon.
  • We may not have any roles for you immediately or be inundating you with vacancies. This doesn’t mean we are ignoring you, it just means we don’t currently have anything suitable. Please feel free to call us for an update on the market if you don’t see any relevant roles on our website.
  • We usually submit several people to each role we’re handling at any one time and you may not hear from us for a while if we haven’t heard from the client. Rest assured, we will be in touch as soon as we hear that they want to interview you. You are welcome to contact us for an update at any time, but we won’t contact you if there’s no news.
  • Let us know if you’ve been offered a role by other means (agency or direct application) so that we can keep our details about you up to date and let us know when you’ll be looking again if it’s a contract.
  • If we place you somewhere and it doesn’t work out, please come back to us. We would rather help sort out a problem or try to find other work for you than lose you.

All CB Resourcing’s jobs are advertised on our website and on LinkedIn. We generally leave them on our website until they have been filled or closed.

We are always happy to offer CV and interview advice and discuss the job market if you have any questions. We wish you the best of luck in your job search and looking forward to hearing you!

Tracey South and Jayne Winch, CB Resourcing



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