Legal IT Recruitment for Individuals
Like everything in life there
are some excellent recruitment agencies out there and some awful ones and
everything in between. We appreciate that for an outsider to the industry it
can be difficult to tell which is which. Every agency website says they are “a
leading consultancy” and “the fastest growing in the UK”. Your career is
incredibly important. Speak to the agency and make sure you are happy with
them. A good recruitment consultant should work with you, not just be a
post-box for your CV. You need to be honest with your agency, if you are they
will be able to work much better on your behalf.
People should be careful who
they share confidential information and data with. The recruitment industry is
subject to regulation. One of the most important pieces of legislation for you
to consider is The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses
Regulations 2003. In a nutshell agencies cannot say to you “let’s send your CV
out and see what happens” or “I will send your CV to some clients and get back
to you” or mail shot your CV. The regulations are quite clear that an agency
must discuss a specific role or firm with you and get your permission to
represent you before sending your CV.
At QED Legal IT we would never
under any circumstances release any of your details, including a CV unless we
had made you aware of the opportunity and gained your permission to represent
you in respect of it. It is for this reason we recommend that you only register
with us as your sole agency. In so doing you have a 100% guarantee that you
have complete control over the recruitment process and 100% security that you
get when dealing with a highly professional agency.
QED Legal IT takes the storage
of your data on our systems very seriously. We use a state of the art ‘cloud’
based and encrypted database system. This system has been given the highest
safety and security rating (military standard) by the British Government and is
verified with a SAS70 certification.
If you are registering with a
job board be aware that although you think you are only registering your CV on
the job board site for one specific role, once you have registered your CV. It
will be visible to all agencies who use the site. We hear from many candidates
whose CV has been submitted to firms far and wide without their knowledge or
consent in this way. Our advice would be to speak to an agency before sending
in your CV and see if they are people you feel comfortable working with. Keep
control of where your CV is being sent and by whom.