Friday, 15 July 2016

Differences Between Legal and Fake Recruitment Agencies

A recruitment agency can be of great help when you are starting your career or going for a career or job change. While many reputed agencies can help you find your dream job, there are some dubious organizations too that only want to get their hands on your money. If you can differentiate between a legal and a fake recruitment agency, your job search can be way easier. So, here is how you can distinguish between a fake agency and a legal one.
  • Upfront payments: Recruitment agencies charge any fee to the company and never the candidate. However, some companies charge a small amount from the candidates too. This amount is usually a small percentage of the salary offered by your employer. But, in case your recruitment agency is demanding an upfront payment, just head for the door and do not look back! Demanding any upfront payment upon registration is the tell-a-tale sign of a dubious recruitment agency.
  • Check the agency details: Before you sign up for any recruitment agency do your research. In today’s cyber age, it takes minutes and an online search to do a quick background check. Head for the agency website and look for legal details such as their registration number. If the site does not show their agency registration number, then there is a good chance they are not a registered organization at all. In the case of doubt, call the contact number given and ask for more details. A fake agency will try and dodge the questions while pestering you to register with them. You know what to do here. 
  • Too many irrelevant questions: A recruiter will ask questions to understand your interests and desired options. But, if the questions seem to be a constant ‘lead generation’ campaign, be on your guard. Repeatedly stressing on referring friends is the biggest sign that your recruiter may not have much interest in your career and simply looking for the next victim. Learn to read between the lines and understand their motives.
Make sure to keep these points in mind when you are approaching a recruitment agency. The good agencies will lend their expertise and knowledge to help you get your dream job. The bad ones will leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. Never lose hope and you will be on your road to success.

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