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Job hunting – going it alone or through an Agency?

By Jan 11, 2017 May 17th, 2017 No Comments

Looking for a part time or student job, or any job for that matter, is a challenging task. With so many ways to go about it, from getting it done yourself, to searching for opportunities online and paying some money to go through an agency, it can be hard to decide which option will likely lead to the best outcome. We check out the pros and cons below.

Going it alone

The pros: By visiting different establishments and chatting to the managers about available positions, you are likely to develop a few good connections that might come in handy later in life. You are also sure to increase your confidence and communication skills as you go.

The cons: While you will feel more confident when it comes to approaching people, you are likely to encounter plenty of rejection along the way. This can be disheartening and is likely to draw out the job hunting process quite substantially.


The pros: It is often easy to find companies advertising vacancies online, which means that you have a better chance of landing a job. It also saves you the trouble of having to go door to door to many different companies before you actually find one with an opening. You also have the luxury of sending in your job application online from the comfort of your digz!

The cons: If you found the job online – so did many other candidates. There is a lot of competition. Hundreds of people are likely to apply for the same job, so you might also have to face some rejection before you actually land something. Along with this, there are also many scams that happen online. For instance, if you are asked to pay a deposit or transfer any money whatsoever along with your application… don’t do it. In cases like this, the chances are good that the offer is far from legitimate.

Through an Agency

The pros: Agencies have years of well-worked connections, so they will be sure to find a job that is well suited to you a lot faster than you could on your own. Many agencies will also help you to ‘sell yourself’ by offering interview coaching – a skill that is sure to serve you well long past graduation.

The cons: It’s expensive. Most agencies will charge more than the average student can afford – and, often, results are not guaranteed.

Remember that regardless of the route that you take when trying to find the ideal part time job, if at first you don’t succeed, try again! Few people are fortunate to find the perfect position first time round. It’s often a case of trial and error, but something will be sure to come your way sooner or later.

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