If you contact an employment agency they usually invite you for an interview to find out what kind of work you're looking for and what skills you've got. They will then contact you when a suitable vacancy comes up. They may interview you themselves for the job or set up an interview with the employer.
Often it is the agency which will employ and pay you while you are working on a contract they have with the company or organisation.
Many of the vacancies handled by employment agencies are temporary. This can be a way of gaining work experience, of trying several jobs before choosing more permanent work, or a way of getting your foot in the door of a company.
Some agencies specialise in particular industries or occupations so it is worth getting to know those in your preferred job sector. Most agencies display vacancies on their websites as well as on online job boards..
Find more information on recruitment agencies at:
• Recruitment agencies (National Careers Service)
• Temping and agency work (TheSite.org)
• Agency workers (WorkSMART from the TUC)
• Agency workers: your rights (GOV.UK)
THE DIRECTORY OF EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES IN LEEDS