You can register with recruitment agencies
Whether or not you have a jobactive provider, you can register with a commercial recruitment agency.
Recruitment agencies are contracted by employers to find them suitable staff. If you register with a recruitment agency, you generally won’t have to pay them anything if they find you a job.
It’s important to ask the recruiter the nature of employment they propose for you. Some recruiters will find job seekers work as a direct employee of the organisation offering the work. However, many recruiters these days employ people as agency workers, in which case you would be employed by the agency rather than the host organisation, as outlined below.
Agency workers are employed by an agency but work for a host business. The host business pays the agency for your services and the agency hires you out to the host business. As with any employment, it is important for you to read your contract carefully before signing so that you fully understand the conditions of your employment.
According to the Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association,3 agency work can:
- give you flexibility in your working hours
- allow you to try out different jobs
- give you experience with a business where you might be able to apply for an ongoing job in future.
Wil Wodrow, from Tasmanian recruitment agency Searson Buck, says agency work can have advantages for workers who are nearing retirement. As an agency worker you can:
- work shorter hours as you transition to retirement, if that’s what you want to do
- stay connected with the workforce after you retire, if you wish.
As an agency worker, you’ll have an employment relationship with the agency but may change roles, hours and host businesses over time. Arrangements will depend on what the host businesses are after and your availability.
In the video below, Wil gives an overview of agency work from the perspective of Searson Buck.