Advantages search engine, off and online presence
Disadvantages non centralised database
Reed Online is a non-centralised recruitment agency with online and offline presence. The office for say New Media may be in Richmond and the Marketing & Sales will be in the City somewhere. This has actually led to some confusion. - more later.
The site design is lovely with very easy to use drop down menus and side bar navigation buttons to career the prospective job seeker to his required industry. The search engine is really powerful and can be filtered down to location, keywords, wage etc. The site loks better in I.E than Netscape.
Reed is unusual as they have offline bricks 'n mortar shops and a very good online site. I applied for several positions and got one phone call from one of their agents who specialised in New Media explaining the position I applied for was in Coventry but she had the perfect position for me in Richmond, London. After telling her it would take me 1 ½ hours by underground as I live in NW London and Richmond is the furthest point on the underground SW London, she then replied stating, according to her computer it will take me exactly 51 mins by train! (British Rail). She seemed rather upset that I wasn’t completely enthusiastic by the distance.Ok I thought nothing to loose, probably won't get an interview anyway, I told her to submit my CV to the employer. Three hours later I got a phone call asking me for an interview- that’s what I call fast (but not as fast as the interview I had directly because of gisajob from another recruitment agency called careerplus.com who got me an interview in 20 mins! -a world record in my books!)- I went in the afternoon as I had that interview in the morning.
Anyway back to Reed, they have humans who speak to you, which is a big star in my opinion. They also have this thing called 'Job Sleuth', now this is an email notification that will find the closest match job to your pre-saved requirements. There is even text message notifications, I got around two every two days or so. It just says something like’ New Job – Marketing Executive, London call Emma on 0207…etc , I quite like that aspect- its original at least, if not irritating later on especially when they send text messages that have no interest to you. I tried to find the box that I ticked to get rid of them, it took me ages to find it, and I still got messages a few day later on my mobile. I think its stopped now (at least I hope so)I did actually phone up once for a job from one of these messages, not about the job but to find out about how my interview went and if they had made a decision. Now this led to some confusion, as I asked to speak to Katie, they said to me they didn’t have a Katie working there nor could they find any record of me ever going to an interview?
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