Recruitment Agencies are increasingly popular. More and more companies are relying on the expertise of a recruitment agency for filling vacant positions and projects. But also more and more candidates are finding their way to these agencies!

In this article you will discover how a recruitment agency works, you will learn different types of recruitment and the benefits of recruitment agencies if you are looking for a new job.

What is a recruitment agency?

Recruitment agencies look for suitable candidates for vacant positions with one or more companies. Based on a job description they search for suitable candidates through their website, network, job fairs, job sites and social media.

When a recruiter has found a potential candidate then he/she will screen the resume, motivation letter and other relevant information about the candidate. If there is a potential match between the candidate’s profile and the job description, the recruiter will plan an interview to discuss the skills and needs of the candidate.

If this interview is successful, the candidate can be invited to an interview with the client. Meanwhile the recruiter is carefully monitoring the application process. If the client considers the candidate appropriate for the vacant position, he or she may get the job.

Different types of recruitment

There are different types of recruitment. Common types are recruitment and selection, project sourcing and interim recruitment. These types of recruitment differ considerably. Your personal desires and ambitions will determine the type that will be most suitable for you.

Recruitment & Selection

Recruitment and selection is a type of recruitment where a recruitment agency is looking for candidates to fill in permanent positions with a client. The work of the recruitment agency comes to an end once a candidate starts working with his or her new employer.

Recruitment and selection is particularly interesting if you are looking for a permanent job (at a certain company) in a specific industry. Recruitment and selection is interesting for companies who have too little time or resources to search for new employees themselves.

Project Sourcing

Project Sourcing has several names, among which How do Recruitment Agencies work - Pauwels Consulting job application academyoutsourcing, cosourcing, contracting, project work, secondment … to name a few. But what is project sourcing exactly?

Project Sourcing is a type of recruitment where a company is seeking candidates to work on temporary projects with different clients. You will be permanently employed by the project sourcing company.

Project Sourcing is particularly interesting for employers and/or freelance experts with specialized knowledge who want to gain a lot of experience in different projects. By joining a project sourcing company they will be able to work on temporary (usually medium and long term) projects for various clients.

Project Sourcing is interesting for companies because in this way they can temporarily ‘hire’ specialist knowledge whereas the responsibility for the specialists remains with the project sourcing company. Project sourcing thus offers optimum flexibility for companies that are quickly in need of specialized knowledge.


Interim work focuses on short term projects. Temping agencies are searching on behalf of other companies for employees who can quickly fill in short term projects. These can be work assignments to:

  • Replace a permanent employee;
  • Handle a temporary increase in work;
  • Deal with exceptional work.

Interim work differs fundamentally from project sourcing because:

  • Interim is mostly concentrating on the rapid implementation of short term projects. Project Sourcing focuses on medium and long-term projects.
  • Interim is focussing mainly on filling general vacancies that require limited specialized knowledge. Project Sourcing focuses mainly on the implementation of projects that requires highly specialized knowledge.
  • Temping agencies are having a ‘temporary’ relationship with jobseekers. When your job is finished, your relationship with the temping office will come to an end as well. Project sourcing will offer you a permanent employment with the project sourcing company. Because of this you will probably get more personal attention and better conditions compared to interim work.

The advantages of recruitment agencies for job applicants

Are you looking for a new job? Then a recruitment agency can help you in two ways:

  • A recruiter may contact you himself/herself because he or she has found your resume or profile and because the recruiter thinks you are qualified for a particular job.
  • You may contact the recruitment agency yourself. You can apply for a particular job or submit an open application. The recruitment agency can look to see if you qualify for any upcoming positions.

Recruitment agencies provide the following benefits for applicants:

  • Recruitment agencies are free of charge for candidates. Recruitment Agencies are working on request and are paid by their clients (other companies). Therefore, there are no costs for you as a candidate. You are getting help for free!
  • Recruitment agencies have an excellent knowledge of the labour market. They know which sectors and companies are forming exciting opportunities for people with your knowledge and expertise, and which expectations are realistic.
  • Recruitment agencies have a large network. Therefore they can often quickly get you in contact with interesting clients and projects.
  • Recruitment agencies have access to jobs that you as a job seeker often cannot see (yet). Through many years of partnership with clients, agencies are often the first to hear about profiles that are needed.
  • Depending on the type of recruitment (see above), recruitment agencies are following up your application. You will receive feedback and/or will be assisted from intake interview to salary negotiation.
  • Depending on the type of recruitment (project sourcing in particular) you will enjoy the security of a permanent contract and the variety of different projects.

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16 replies
  1. Mohit Jain says:

    Impressing Information Regarding Recruitment and deeply described with details of advantage of recruitment agencies to leading business,industry to get the right candidate for various post on a single platform. keep share your posts….

  2. Jeremy Smithfield says:

    There are a number of great benefits that can result from using the resources available in recruiting agencies. First off they will not cost anything to you! I think that it is simply unwise to not take advantage of all of the various things available while looking for the right job. I would say that the greatest benefit I have seen from using their services is they are very informed regarding the market and they also have a large network of employers. Finding a job nowadays is directly dependent on knowing the right people.
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  3. Alise Harper says:

    I didn’t realize that recruitment agencies ar free for the candidate looking for a job. I am recently unemployed and need help finding a job that fits my experience and needs. I think that going through a recruitment agency can place me in a job that I wouldn’t have had the resources to find on my own. I will have to try this out, thanks for the helpful information!

  4. Moten Tate Inc. says:

    Benefits of using employment agencies is quite useful. Recruitment agencies work wonders as they help corporate to employ best staff and workers to get the best jobs as per their skills and proficiency.

  5. Derek Dewitt says:

    I’ve always wondered how a recruitment agency works, so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about the recruiter can monitor the application process for a company. This sounds like a great way to streamline the process and free up the company to continue working instead of looking for new hires.

  6. Hassan says:

    Thanks for the informative post on the benefits of using recruitment agencies. Most people aren’t seriously considered by large companies when applying for the positions they’re really interested in and contacting a recruitment agency can really help in this regard.

  7. Rosie Beckett says:

    You make a great point that hiring a recruiting agency can help you to find great employees while saving time and resources. Also, the fact that the recruiter will monitor the application process can give peace of mind that the employees will provide quality work. If I was a business owner, I would definitely think about hiring a recruiting agency so that I could focus on other aspects of the business.

  8. Event Hosts says:

    Thanks for stating the benefits of staffing agencies. Additionally, Temporary staffing agency will allow you a piece of mind, & let you channelize your thoughts more on the business front.

  9. Joanna david says:

    They said that if you work under an agency, you will not get a service charge in the hotel, is itbtrue?

  10. Thomas Peterson says:

    I like that you mentioned that recruitment agencies are free of charge for candidates. I’ve been looking for jobs lately and was recommended to try a job recruitment agency and wanted to look into it more. I also like that you said recruitment agencies can quickly get you in contact with interesting clients and projects.


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