At some point in your career, you realise that using a headhunter or recruitment agency is a lot easier and less time-consuming than making individual applications.
This usually happens once you’ve amassed enough experience to have companies come knocking on your door, instead of the other way around.
There yet? Then, read on to find out more about what a job agency can offer plus 10 top recruitment services in SG. But, first…
What is a job agency exactly?
Once it comes to more senior or highly-paid positions, companies prefer to handpick candidates rather than put out a job ad. Job ads attract all kinds of dodgy candidates, and looking for the right person in that hot mess is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
To prevent their HR employees from going berserk, many companies would rather engage a job agency (more commonly known as headhunter) to find the best talent for the position.
As a prospective employee, going through a recruitment agency is a way to cut through the noise and get you noticed more quickly by the company you want to be in. The recruiter or headhunter will tidy up your resume, tailoring it to what each employer wants.
Good headhunters can also give you inside info on what the employer is looking for, and offer advice for the interview. They’ll also try to make you sound good, since it’s in their best interests to close the deal and get you hired.
Best of all, recruiters are usually free to use. It is the employer who will have to pay them a commission when you get hired. If a recruiter tries to charge you a fee, look elsewhere.
Check out the gallery here for 10 recruitment agencies in Singapore to consider when you’re on the market for your next job.
Some general recruitment agencies that work across all industries have gained a bit of a bad rap. But Kelly Services has received good reviews for being a serious agency that has some good positions from MNCs (multinational corporations or companies). It serves a wide range of industries including banking, healthcare, sales, IT and engineering.
Along with Kelly Services, Adecco is probably one of the best-known full-service recruitment agencies with jobs in a wide variety of sectors, including banking, accounting, HR, manufacturing, sales, logistics and so on.
One of the biggest and more reliable headhunting firms in Singapore, The GMP Group has lots of positions in reputable companies, especially in banking, manufacturing, IT and the chemical/oil and gas sectors.
Randstad is a big international name in recruiting, and its Singapore branch has received good reviews from users. It has banking, accounting, life science, IT, legal, construction and real estate jobs on offer.
Manpower is a recruitment agency under the ManpowerGroup, which has offices in more than 80 countries and territories. It serves a wide range of industries, with the majority of its positions being in IT. It also has positions in oil, gas and energy, real estate, manufacturing, healthcare and banking.
Recruitment agency 3C Synergy serves the construction, oil and gas, energy and real estate sectors. If you work in one of these industries, using a specialist rather than generalist agency is preferable, as you’ll typically be matched up with more potential employers. It also has offices in Malaysia and Hong Kong, which is handy if you’re looking to relocate.
Garner International tends to work with lots of big, reputable MNCs, which is perfect if you’re trying to avoid getting hired by SMEs. The positions are targeted at the PMET crowd, and it also has highly-paid senior positions, so if you are at the stage of your career when you consider yourself a quality hire, send in your CV.
Sure, there’s already an abundance of finance and IT jobs in Singapore — but DP Search can bring you even more opportunities, as it specialises in these two types of jobs across all industries. Its positions are geared towards executive-level employees all the way to COO or CIO level, so it’s worthwhile staying in touch with this agency over the years.
Although the company was founded in London, JAC Recruitment has heaps and heaps of Japanese clients. If you’ve got Japanese language skills or experience working in a Japanese company, it can be a distinct advantage. Besides that, it has a wide range of positions in sales, marketing, legal, F&B, banking, HR and more.
This global agency specialises in HR recruitment, and other than its local positions it also have a database of jobs located all over the world. So if you’re an HR professional who’s always wanted to work overseas, Frazer Jones could be your ticket out of here (or for expats, you’re ticket in!).
By Joanne Poh, Text adapted from MoneySmart, Singapore’s leading personal finance portal that helps you to maximise your money, February 2020 (Compare and shop for the best deals on Loans, Insurance and Credit Cards on MoneySmart.sg now! Like it on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news and articles.)
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