Planning to Work Abroad? Here’s a Guide to Choosing Hospitality Recruitment Services

Your reasons to work in a foreign country may vary, such as better compensation package, better living conditions, and more career opportunities, but the importance of choosing the right agency offering specialized hospitality recruitment services cannot be overemphasized. You have to keep in mind that the right agency can make the best possible candidate-company match by performing intensive background checks, interviews and criteria matching of both parties.

But with dozens of agencies, you will be hard-pressed to choose the best one for your needs. Here are tips to make the process easier and faster.

Look for Agencies Offering Specialized Services

Your first step is to compile a list of international hospitality recruitment agencies, which can be done by using yellow directories, conducting online searches, and asking government agencies about the matter. You have to choose the agency offering specialized recruitment services for the hospitality industry, such as for restaurants, hotels, and gaming establishments including casino resorts.

You have the initial assurance that the agencies will likely have the comprehensive databases of companies in the hospitality industry, the networks necessary for job placement, and the experience to provide career advice for their candidates. You may also submit your resume to general recruitment agencies but the results will not be the same.

Evaluate Each of the Agencies

All of the recruitment agencies for hospitality on your shortlist will claim to be the best in the field. But you shouldn’t be taking their word for it especially when you have valuable knowledge and skills to offer, not to mention that your professional career and personal life are at stake here. Your job is to evaluate the appropriateness of the agency for your needs by comparing them in terms of:

  • Number of years in the industry. While longevity may not be the be-all and end-all of a recruitment agency, it is a measure of its reputation in the industry – the longer it has been in the field, the higher its reliability.  Otherwise, it would have been crushed by the competition.
  • Balance between privacy and transparency in the treatment of candidates. You are providing the agencies with your professional resume and its related documents, such as proof of education, training, and employment, which are personal in nature, too. You have to ask the concerned agency the policies with which they handle your professional and personal information, preferably by keeping them confidential from third parties aside from the companies in their recruitment network.
  • Aside from the relative privacy accorded to your papers, you must also have transparency in terms of the companies that the agency sent your papers for consideration, the status of your application, and the matters related to it, among others. You should also be treated with professional courtesy and respect, which you have to return as well.
  • Reliability including reputation in the industry. You want to have the assurance that, indeed, the agency has been successful in placing the right candidates in the right companies, as well as in looking out for the candidates’ interests, as the need arises. You should be able to ask its past and present candidates about their experiences with the agency so as to anticipate your possible experiences.

Of course, you have to check with the government agencies about the accreditations, licenses, and permits of the agencies lest you fall prey to recruitment scams.

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