We understand for some people who have always looked for jobs on their own that registering with a recruitment agency can be a scary thought. Here we will go through the process of working with a recruitment agency such as ourselves, what you will need to bring with you and also how we can help you.

Choosing a recruitment agency and the benefits

The first step of course is deciding which agency to go with, as there are many different options. At Shawthorpe, we recruit for roles in a variety of different sectors and industries, with full-time, part time, permanent and temporary work options available.

We advise when choosing an agency to take a look around several recruitment agency websites and social media to get a feel for how the agencies work to make sure you choose the right one for you. Here at Shawthorpe, we have four core values of honesty, consistency, dependability and reliability which we think set us apart. We also interview every single candidate to make sure that we understand their needs and match them to job roles that they are suitable for.

Shawthorpe can also help job seekers as we also have a close relationship with many of the businesses we work with and provide a full HR service for them so we know the businesses needs for suitable candidates and we also have roles available which aren’t advertised elsewhere.

The process

If you would like to work with us, the first step is to get in touch by either giving us a call or sending an email to, sending us your CV. You can also use our handy app which will allow you to upload your basic documentation before we start.

As well as your CV we will also need some right to work documentation, which could be a valid passport or ID card. We will also need proof of your national insurance number which can be either the card, or a P60, P45 for valid payslip from the last 12 months.

If you are looking for temporary work we may also need your bank details in order to organize your pay.

Once we have this information, we will then organise a face to face appointment between yourself and a recruitment consultant. This will in some ways resemble an interview but there isn’t any need to worry as it is more about finding out about you and your career goals. 

Indeed the questions a recruitment agency will ask should include these types of questions so that we can find the best long term fit for you and your career goals. Example questions you may be asked by any agency include:

  • Can you tell me about yourself?
  • What are your current responsibilities?
  • What’s your biggest accomplishment?
  • Why are you interested in moving on?
  • What’s your ideal next role?
  • What’s your timeline for moving on?
  • What are your location preferences?
  • What’s your current salary?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • Are you actively working with other recruiters on opportunities?

Once we have had a chat and received all documentation, we will then start looking through our vacancies to find a suitable position for you!

If you would like to work with us, you can visit our recruitment app here, or you can call 01952 263973 or email