Best Employment Agencies In Oxfordshire

Best Employment Agencies In Oxfordshire

What do employment agencies in Oxfordshire do?

How to Get the Best from Employment Agencies in Oxfordshire, Employment agencies, recruitment agencies and other job search businesses all do the same basic thing: they act as a go-between matching up employers and jobseekers. Their main function is providing the employer with the best employee for each job vacancy they need to fill.

How Do employment agencies work?

  • Agencies vary in the specifics of how they operate but, in general, the following process takes place:
  • The employment agency is sent a job description by the business or organisation that has vacancies to fill.
  • The agency draws up a shortlist of suitable applicants based upon interviews and their existing database of job seekers’ CVs.
  • From the information provided by the agency the employer selects several candidates and the agency then arranges and coordinates interviews.

The company makes its choice based upon the outcome of the interview and other selection tools.

Why should you use an employment agency?

An agency can extend your reach when you are looking for a new position, not every job is advertised, in fact most are not. Personal contacts can be very effective for finding a good job but are very limited in terms of the numbers and types of jobs you can find.
Recruiters can be expected to have detailed information about the employers with whom they work and can help you to understand if a job offer is right for you even before making an application or forwarding your CV.

A good agency will ‘sell’ you to the right employer and employers can be relied upon to listen to the input of a trusted recruiter.
Often employment agencies have exclusive access to job offers that you would not find in any other way.
Even though agencies can be very useful in your job search you should not rely upon them entirely, finding a good job is, in the end, your own responsibility!

How do I start working with an employment agency?

Usually the process of working with a recruitment agency begins with a meeting with a recruiter at the agency’s offices. As part of that process you will discuss your needs and share information about your goals, background, skills and, possibly, carry out some kind of personality analysis or skills assessment. Your CV will be added to the agency’s database. After that, the agency will start to submit your CV to employers for positions for which the agency thinks you will be best suited.
How long does it take to start getting interviews?

The amount of time that you will need to wait until you start getting called to interviews will depend upon your skills and experience and how well they match with job openings that the agency is handling.

Another factor influencing the waiting time is the state of the job market overall. For example, December and July/August can often be very quiet times due to the holidays. On the other hand, there’s often many openings available during September to October and January to February.

One way to get a somewhat faster turnaround is to use an agency that, to some degree, specialises in your profile or goals. For example, if you are looking for manufacturing work then seek out agencies that specialise in such work. If you are a graduate then a graduate employment agency is your best bet. Taking it further, some agencies specialise in finance, technology, marketing, or management roles.
Be proactive, don’t just wait for the agency to call you. Contact the agency every couple of weeks and let them know that you are still looking for a job and ask if there’s anything that suits you available right now.

Sometimes a call can get your name put forward for a job opening that might otherwise have not included your CV.

Should I use an Oxfordshire based recruitment agency?

If you are looking for a job within Oxford and Oxfordshire than it is well worth working with agencies based in, or with offices in, the area. These agencies are likely to be the first choice for employers in the area no matter what type of work you are seeking.
Dealing with a local job search agency is more convenient than with an agency that is far away. It is not hard to pop into Oxford for interviews or to chase up potential opportunities. Much harder to do so if you are using and agency that is farther away.

Which employment agencies can you find in Oxfordshire?
There’s many agencies in the Oxford area, the following list is a good start. Please let us know in the comments how you get on with these recruiters and any other suggestions that you might have.

Champion Recruitment
Telephone: 01865 264050
Specialists in: Office/Administration, Accountancy, Sales and Marketing, HR, IT, Technical, Industrial, Drivers, Catering

Paterson Recruitment
Telephone: 01865 790100
Specialists in: Technical, IT, Accountancy, Hospitality, Office, Commercial, Driving, Luxury Retail, Sales and Marketing

Allen Associates
Telephone: 01865 335 600
Specialists in: Executive, Finance, PA/Admin, Temporary, Human Resources, Marketing

Select Appointments
Telephone: 01865 724439
Specialists in: Administrative and Secretarial, Call and Contact Centre, Marketing and Communications, Human Resources, Procurement and Supply Chain, Sales, Accountancy and Finance, Legal

Bluefire Consulting
Telephone: 0845 003 8282
Specialists in: Commercial and Finance, Construction and Civil Engineering, Engineering and Technical, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Intelligent Transport Systems, IT and Telecoms, Sales and Marketing, Social Care

Michael Page
Telephone: N/A
Specialists in: Accounting, Audit and Advisory, Banking and Financial Services, Construction, Consultancy, Strategy and Change, Digital, Engineering and Manufacturing, Executive Search, Facilities Management, Fashion, Health, Safety and Environment, Healthcare, Hospitality and Leisure, Human Resources, Insurance, Legal, Life Sciences, Logistics, Marketing and Agency, Oil and Gas, Policy, Procurement and Supply Chain, Property, Retail, Sales, Tax, Technology, Treasury

New Recruits
Telephone: 01865 987678
Specialists in: Automotive, Catering, Commercial, Industrial, Legal, Transport

Inspired Selection

Telephone: 01865 304029
Specialists in: Publishing Recruitment, STM, Academic, Professional, Trade, Education

Susan Hamilton Group
Telephone: 01865 261680
Specialists in: Accountancy and Finance, Business Support, Corporate Hospitality, HR, Internal Recruitment, Parliamentary Employment, Sales and Marketing


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