Singapore Job Agencies: How to Use Recruitment Agencies to Maximise Your Job Search
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Singapore Job Agencies: How to Use Recruitment Agencies to Maximise Your Job Search

Kenneth Fong
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Looking for a job?

Have you tried asking your friends and family (and even your extended family) for lobangs?

And have you gone online to try your luck with job search sites and job portals?

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Still no luck?

Mr Krabs Stressed Out
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Well… have you tried using a job recruitment agency yet?


TL;DR: Best Job Recruitment Agencies in Singapore for Your Next Career Move

Seedly Job Recruitment Agency Tips On How to Maximise Job Search

Job Recruitment Agencies in SingaporeIndustries They Recruit ForStart Your Job Search On...

3C Synergy

Construction

Finance

Marine

Oil & Gas

Technology
3C Synergy

Adecco

Administration

Accountancy & Finance

Banking

Call Centre & Customer Service

Engineering

Human Resource

Information Technology & Telecommunication

Middle Management

Retail & Events

Sales & Marketing

Supply Chain & Logistics
Adecco

Ambition

Banking & Financial Services

Insurance

Finance & Accounting

Sales & Marketing

Supply Chain & Procurement

Technology
Ambition

DP Search Pte Ltd

Information Technology & Telecommunications

Finance
DP Search Pte Ltd

Ethos BeathChapman

Accounting, Audit & Finance

Banking & Financial Services

Change & Business Transformation

Consumer

Digital, Data Insights & Analytics

Financial Technology

Government

Healthcare & Life Sciences

Human Resources

Industrial

Legal, Risk & Compliance

Sales & Marketing

Supply Chain & Procurement

Technology & Telecommunications
Ethos BeathChapman

Experis

IT

Engineering

Life Sciences
Experis

Frazer Jones

Human ResourceFrazer Jones

Garner International

Accountancy & Finance

Audit & Tax

Human Resources

Information Technology

Legal, Compliance & Risk

Manufacturing & Engineering

Oil & Gas

Operations

Pharmaceuticals

Real Estate

Sales, Marketing & Communications
Garner International

HAYS

Accountancy & Finance

Audit, Risk & Compliance

Banking & Financial Services

Construction

Digital Technology

Engineering

Finance Technology

Human Resources

Information Technology

Insurance

Legal

Life Sciences

Manufacturing & Operations

Marketing & Digital

Office Professionals

Oil & Gas

Property

Procurement

Sales & Supply Chain
HAYS

Kelly Services

Banking & Financial Services

Contact Centre

Engineering

Exhibition & Promotions

Healthcare & Life Sciences

Human Resources

Information Technology

Sales & Marketing
Kelly Services

Manpower

Administrative & Secretarial

Banking & Finance

Call Centre & Customer Service

Education & Training

Engineering

Food & Beverage

Healthcare & Medical

Human Resources

Information Technology & Communications

Insurance

Legal

Manufacturing & Production

Media

Oil, Gas & Energy

Pharmaceutical

Public Sector, Government & Defence

Retail Services

Sales & Marketing

Telecommunication

Transportation, Logistics & Supply Chain

Manpower

Michael Page

Banking & Financial Services

Construction

Digital

Engineering & Manufacturing

Executive Search

Finance & Accounting

Healthcare

Human Resources

IT

Legal

Life Sciences

Marketing

Procurement & Supply Chain

Property

Retail

Sales
Michael Page

Randstad

Accounting & Finance

Banking & Financial Services

Construction & Property

Corporate & Secretarial Support

Human Resources

Information Technology

Life Science

Legal

Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Sales, Marketing & Communication
Randstad

Robert Walters

Accounting & Finance

Banking & Financial Services

Human Resources

Legal

Marketing

Sales

Secretarial & Business Support

Supply Chain, Procurement & Logistics

Tech & Transformation

Technical Healthcare
Robert Walters

Sciente International Pte Ltd

Technology & IT specialisation in:

Banking & Financial Services

Government

Health & Pharmaceutical

Information & Communication Technology

Insurance

Logistics

Sciente International Pte Ltd

The GMP Group

Accounting & Finance

Biomedical Sciences

Business Services

Chemicals

Customer Service

Electronics

Engineering

Food & Beverage

Healthcare

Human Resources & Administration

IT & Telecommunications

Logisitics & Transportation

Manufacturing

Pharmaceutical

Retail

Sales and marketing

Supply Chain & Logistics

Technical/ Production
The GMP Group

JAC Recruitment

Accounting & Finance

Banking & Financial Services

Construction

Education & Training

Engineering & Manufacturing

Healthcare/ Pharmaceutical

Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure

Human Resources & Office Support

IT & Telecoms

Legal & Corporate Secretarial

Marketing / Advertising

Sales

SCM, Logistics & Procurement

Top Level Management & Consultancy
JAC Recruitment

Pro-tip: if you’re looking for jobs in a particular industry, check out the job recruitment agencies which only specialise in a few industries and happen to focus on the industry which you want to get into.

These agencies are more likely to have built close ties with companies and businesses in the particular industry or sector you’re interested in.

And they’ll be able to better help you get the job you want.

That’s not to say that the generalists can’t help.

But hey, you’ve only limited hours a day, right?

So it’s best to prioritise your job search!

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Have questions about your career or your job search?

Why not ask the friendly SeedlyCommunity?

There’re community members there from all walks of life who’re more than willing to share career-related tips and personal experiences to help you make a better decision!

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What Is A Job Recruitment Agency?

A job agency is an agency that matches you with jobs listed by various companies.

Different agencies have different kinds of matching services so before you register your profile with one.

It’s a good idea to find out whether they are focused on placing jobseekers in short-term or temporary jobs.

Or are they placing jobseekers in long-term or permanent jobs.

Some agencies also focus on matching people to jobs in very specific fields and roles like a data analyst or an IT engineer.

So you’ll also want to find out if the agency you’re working with is able to match you with jobs in the field which you’re interested in.

So… Should I Use a Job Recruitment Agency?

Here are a couple of reasons why you should try using a job recruitment agency.

I mean, no harm, right?

It’s Free (Most of the Time)

In my experience, most job recruitment agencies are free to use.

It’s usually the employers who will have to pay the agency a commission when they make a successful hire.

So before you decide to go with any recruitment agency.

Check if they charge any “extra fees” or “commissions” to avoid any unexpected surprises.

I mean, it would really suck if you were successfully hired and realise that you have to pay 50 per cent of your salary for the first 3 months to the agency right?

Note: always read the terms and conditions before signing anything!

And if your recruiter insists that you have to pay something for their services.

You can simply take your resume and cover letter with you and try another job recruitment agency instead since there’re so many out there.

Variety of Jobs Available

While you might be only interested in jobs in a particular industry or sector.

Companies or businesses might not be hiring — for a myriad of reasons.

Sad SpongeBob Sitting In A Diner
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If you’re working with a job recruitment agency, your recruiter can offer you a variety of jobs which match your profile.

Granted, it might not necessarily be in the field you want to work in.

But this gives you more options.

Some of which you might not have even thought of.

And sometimes, it’s not a bad idea to accept a job and build skills or experience while looking out for your ideal career.

First Dibs and the Inside Scoop

SpongeBob and Patrick Getting Ice Cream
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Since recruitment agencies work very closely with their clients (aka the employers who are hiring).

There’s a high probability that the job recruitment agency will be the first to know of any job openings these companies have.

In fact, some of these openings might only be made available via the job recruitment agency.

Because these companies use the agency to cut through the noise and find talent that is worth their time.

This way, they don’t have to deal with every Tom, Dick, and Harry who applies through say… their company job portal or LinkedIn page.

So if you’re a mid-career jobseeker looking to switch industries or find better opportunities.

Some of the more senior or highly-paid positions which you’re interested in might only be available through a job recruitment agency.

Since companies will be highly selective about the candidates applying for these coveted jobs.

Experience and Feedback

If you’re a fresh graduate applying for your first job, you might not have the most illustrious background or tonnes of relevant experience.

Heck, you wouldn’t even know how to craft your resume.

Or what kind of information you should provide in your job application.

SpongeBob Tapping A Keyboard Of A Computer Which Catches Fire
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But a recruitment agency can do stuff like help you tidy up your resume and tailor it to what a potential employer wants.

Just think about it.

While you’ve only just entered the job market and are just starting your job search.

These job recruiters are pros who’ve been searching and matching people to jobs, full-time.

They can highlight your relevant skill sets, give you interview and presentation tips.

And most importantly, they can prepare and give you an edge over other applicants because they already know what employers are looking for.

These kinds of free feedback is invaluable.

And like I mentioned earlier, most of these recruiters only earn the commission if you are hired.

So it’s definitely in their interest that you successfully get the job…

Support After You Get a Job

Patrick Star Rooting For You
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Some recruitment agencies (and job recruiters) will also support you if you have any HR-related questions or concerns.

This support will usually be extended to you while you transition into your job with your new employer.

But you really should be talking to your direct manager of the human resources department of your new company to get the most accurate information.

How Do I Use a Job Recruitment Agency To Get the Best Results?

Once you’ve decided on which job recruitment agency to work with.

You’ll usually need to create a profile, which includes your personal details, highest level of education, certifications, and work experience.

You’ll also have to choose the industries or jobs which you are interested in.

Next, you’ll need to upload a resume — some of the better agencies will have resume vetting services or will offer to optimise your resume for industry-specific keywords.

The agencies will usually link you up with a recruiter who will take care of your profile.

While you wait to hear back from the agency (or recruiter), continue the job search on your own by checking out job portals or job search websites.

Seedly Job Search Websites

If your recruiter doesn’t proactively reach out (read: red flag here), or maybe you haven’t received an email notification of any available positions.

It’ll be good to check-in often with your recruiter to see if there’re any job openings which match your profile.

Or jobs which you might potentially consider as well.

Once you do land an interview, the agency will provide you with information like:

  • Who to report to
  • What’s the dress code
  • What’re the hours and wages like
  • What is the job description

If you feel that the position is not a good fit, it’s okay to say no.

It’s important to be honest with the recruiter and explain why you feel otherwise.

This way, he or she will be able to find a job that better meets your expectations.

About Kenneth Fong
Owner of a 4-room HDB BTO and married to a financial clutz. Probably the closest to an adult you can find on the Seedly team.
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