Changing Times

As with all areas of finance, compliance has also become an essential part of business for Recruitment Agencies. Once an offer has been made our clients expect a high level of clarification and due diligence before they can progress further. This means putting in a bit of additional work yourselves.

Examples of some of the most common documents required are below:

Police check,

References for your last 5 years employment,

Housing declaration,

Right to work,

Proof of schooling,

Certificates for highest level of Education, professional qualifications,

Proof of address for the last 3 to 5 years,

Credit checks.

Proof of gaps on CV, (provide evidence of travel, sickness etc)

Being honest with your recruitment agent over reasons for leaving employment is crucial as references are always going to be taken. An offer can be revoked at this stage (although rare) and will most likely be if an unsatisfactory reference is received. Even though references are, at best basic and can only state title of job, dates of employment, one not being provided at all can speak volumes and will send warning bells to any employer.

Opting out of providing the above information is not an option if you are seeking employment in this current market. The documentation forms part of the offer process and failure to provide it to a satisfactory level will mean a company is unable to proceed any further.

We can not stress enough the importance of this documentation. If you no longer have your school certificates you will need to contact your school to obtain copies or at least a letter as proof that you were schooled there. You can be asked to provide travel documents if there is a large gap on your cv that needs to be accounted for. Likewise proof of your address over the last 5 years can be required for credit check purposes

These are standard requirements for almost all employers, so being prepared and having this documentation in order at an early stage can make you a more appealing candidate and help the process move to the final stages quicker. Many HR departments are now centralised with these requirements coming from Head Office as opposed to the local arm of the company. And although the local office may want you on board as soon as possible, you will be unable to start until they have had sight of the documentation and it has been signed off. Even if one bit of the required documentation is missing you will be unable to start work. Processing all of the documentation can itself take a month or so and having to wait even longer to obtain new copies can make this process even more arduous.

Times have changed and these compliance checks are here to stay, so being prepared in advance is the key to success for all candidates. We advise getting the wheels in motion as soon as you decide you want to register with an agency.

Preparation, preparation, preparation!