Agency assistance in the job search

One option I am considering for my ongoing job search is employment agencies. They are appealing because they have expertise in matching people to jobs, and because they will be able to do some of the searching ‘in the background’ while I am working on other things. With the need to finish a thesis, the papers for the international law course, and exams, that has considerable appeal. Given that the fees tend to be assigned to the employers doing the searching, there seems to be very little to lose in submitting my information to a few agencies and seeing what kind of options they turn up.

Does anyone have experience with such agencies in the United States or Canada? I’ve found one in the UK that is somehow connected to Oxford’s Career Services, but remaining here would not be my top choice, barring the availability of a much more desirable place of employment in the UK than is on offer in North America or elsewhere.

Leaving time for the possibility of a viva exam, I should be free to work starting at the beginning of July.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

2 thoughts on “Agency assistance in the job search”

  1. The problem for you though, if you want to search and apply for jobs in North America now from the UK, will be in doing interviews though with tech these days even that doesnt necessarily have to be too much of a hindrance.

  2. Skype has generally worked well for me. It would be no worse than applying for a job in Toronto, while living in Vancouver.

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