What are recruitment agencies?
Recruitment agencies (or "consultancies") match students looking for jobs with job actual vacancies. They charge the employer a fee for successfully placing job hunters into specific jobs.
Why use recruitment agencies?
They can be a great way of finding opportunities in smaller organisations you may not have heard of, which don't have the resources to invest in the more traditional ways of recruiting.
Agencies take some of the hard work out of finding a job and can offer a speedier route into employment.
What else should I consider?
Avoid using consultancies as your sole job hunting method. Agencies ultimately work for their own profit and if they cannot place you quickly (to get their fee from their empoyer client) then they may not make much effort on your behalf.
It is illegal for a consultancy to charge you for finding you a job. Report them if they attempt to charge you.
Be friendly, professional and try to build up a relationship with your agency. If you impress them, they will believe you can impress an employer.
Where can I find recruitment agencies?
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation on the recruitment agencies has a searchable database of agencies, by location. Agency Central allows searches by sector, including "graduate".