Employment agencies are there for both the employer and the potential candidate. Not later than 24 hours after the first ‘temp’ has started work with a client, an employment agency must supply the client with particulars of its terms of business – including information about the procedure to be followed if any worker proves to be unsatisfactory.
If you’re seeking a position as an executive administrative assistant in a large company but don’t have the necessary skills for this high-level job, the agency should inform you of this problem right away and refer you to another employment agency with a prospectus of employers more suitable for your skills.
This removes the requirements in situations where there is more than one employment agency or employment businesses involved in providing work-finding services unless the employment agency is acting for a work-seeker whom it is permitted by regulation 26(1) of the 2003 Regulations.
How to approach — unless you want to put in some part-time hours while you are still attending school or working full-time during summers and/or breaks (which is an excellent way to gather valuable experience), wait until two weeks before graduation to contact these agencies.
The requirement to include an employer’s name has been problematic, as employers do not always want to include their names in ads and cannot include their company name in those placed by private employment agencies; if the private agencies were to advertise the name of the employer, they would have no way to reap the rewards of their labour.