How does recruitment work?
Recruitment for working overseas is a simple process. People often think that it costs a lot of money, therefore fail to look at the many opportunities available.
The truth is you should never be paying a recruiter. A recruiter whether it be an agency or individual is contracted by a company to find people to fit the vacant positions and therefore is paid directly by the company.Any recruiter who is asking you to pay a certain amount should be able to guarantee you a job which they cannot do.
The general process of finding work through a recruiter is usually by contacting a recruiter after viewing their job offers, and sending through your CV. If your CV is meets the requirements of a job posted they would then contact you for an interview. Usually a recruiter, according to the agreement they have with the company will interview you first and then the company offering the job would arrange to interview you.
The recruiter is also tasked with making sure that all your documentation is valid.
Once interviewed by the company/school, the management of the establishment would then sit to make a decision and a contract offer. Once this is done the contract offer would then be forwarded to the recruiter who will pass it on to you and SHOULD go through the contract offer in detail with you. Feel free to ask all the questions that you may have. Even if you have to contact the recruiter a hundred times with “silly” questions, do it! It’s your right! A recruiter should be there to assist you and answer your every question.
If you agree to the contract offer and sign, you will then email the signed agreement to the recruiter who will then email the company.
The company will then request documents such as your passport, qualifications, medical report and police clearance to be attested and emailed through to them so that they may proceed to prepare your visa and travel tickets. Once this is done you will then be asked to send your passport to the visa agent or embassy to have the visa inserted into your passport and they will send it back to you.
After this you will prepare your bags and get ready for your new adventure!
The candidate/applicant (YOU) should not pay anything to the recruiter! The company issuing the contract, may at times ask you to pay for your medicals and visa and rare occasions even the ticket.
Such a request from the company is made only as surety of your arrival for the job. It is important to note that if you are requested to pay for medicals, then you would pay the medical facility and they would give you a receipt.
When a company makes such a request, it should be stipulated in the contract that you will be REIMBURSED IN FULL UPON ARRIVAL TO THE COUNTRY AND ORIGINAL RECEIPTS MUST BE PROVIDED IN ORDER TO CLAIM REIMBURSMENT.
Do understand that a recruiter’s job is not to find you a job, but to find people for the jobs that already exist. Many people assume that a recruiter is responsible for finding them a job. The ultimate decision of a CV being accepted or rejected, and whether a contract is issued or not is in the hands of the company providing the job and not the recruiter.
Any recruiter who says that they guarantee you a job, must be questioned! Any recruiter who asks for money upfront, must be questioned as well. Recruiters need to be as transparent as possible with how they deal. A recruiter should assist you with correctly writing a CV. They do not have to write it for you, but they can give you guidelines on doing so and check up on your updated CV so that it is as required. It must also be noted that a course, degree or experience may be recommended but that however does not mean that you will automatically get a job. If that was the case, unemployment would not be so high. All such recommendations are made so that you will stand a better chance in the application.