Working With A Recruiting Agency From Candidate’s Perspective



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Job search and application process in many cases depend on the target country, industry and current job market situation in the country you would work. It is useful to concentrate on the life science sector in Switzerland, as this is our area of expertise. Very important thing to understand is that in 80% cases the application process involves a recruiting agency. For companies this outsourced service is very cost-effective and time-saving. More and more companies are relying on the expertise of a recruitment agency for filling vacant positions and projects. If it sounds complicated – no worries, we are here for you.



We, recruiters, always appreciate your trust in us and our company. Although, due to the high competition in Switzerland it is worth to look for positions and apply every day. Many candidates worry to apply through agencies as they worry that a 3rd party is involved. Below you can see the explanation of the “relationships” between the candidate, the agency and the client – a life science company.

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  • Top-Life Science companies outsource the talent-search process to different recruiting agencies (like nemensis ag). That is why there on popular portals for job-search, you can see a job posting with the following text:
    “For our client, an international pharmaceutical company in XXX, we are in search for YYY “
  • That means, that once you apply, you will first have a contact with a recruiter from the agency. Such specialist will review your skill-set and decide if you are a match for this vacancy. In case to collaborate in a smart and quick way (for some positions the deadline is 2 days and it is important to have all the needed information beforehand), the recruiter will ask you about the salary expectation and the potential start date / notice period. The recruitment professional will also discuss your qualification and skills briefly.
  • In case you are a great potential candidate for the role, the recruiter will ask you for an up to date CV, reference letters and diplomas (copies, sent as PDF). Also, the confirmation that you did not apply for the same role through other agencies is needed. Once your file is ready, we send it to the company for the review and waiting for the feedback.
  • The feedback can be either negative (and we do not always have the reason for the company’s decision) or positive. In case of the last one, the client will invite you for a phone / face-to-face interview. If you are successful (and we always believe you are!), you receive an offer from the company. Bear in mind, you have a contract with us (agency): we pay you the salary, pay the social deductions for you and we are in general your first source of contact.
  • At the same time, you are working on the client site, discussing dates for your holidays with the line manager and just feeling and performing like any other employee in the company. We do the rest.


Advantages of working with a recruiting agency

You may always contact the recruitment agency yourself. If there are no matching jobs for you on the website, you can send a cold / open application. Once you send an open application, the recruitment professional will verify if you are qualified for any upcoming positions. Besides from that, recruitment agencies can provide you with following benefits:

  • We are working on request and are paid by the companies, which are in search. Therefore, there are no costs for you as a candidate. You are receiving help for free!
  • As recruitment agency we already had a lot of contact with the company. Therefore, we know all preferences and also how the company would like to receive the CV. This is a huge benefit.
  • Recruitment agencies have an excellent knowledge of the current job market situation. We know which sectors and companies have an exciting opportunity for people with your skillset.
  • We possess a large network. So, if you apply for one position, but we know that there is another position that fits you better – we will do our best to introduce you to the role.
  • Through many years of partnership with companies, we are often the first to hear about new roles and sometimes we do not post them online as we have enough candidates. That’s why, staying in touch with us means you can hear about new roles directly once it appears on the market.
  • We also have access to the positions that client will never post online – they are fully outsourced to us
  • We make sure to provide you with feedback. Sometimes, the client is not giving us the reason for rejection, but we can guess it relating on our experience with this client. Whatever the recruitment process takes, you will be assisted by us from the first interview to salary negotiation and contract signing.


To sum up, a recruiting agency is your first source of contact and is happy to assist you during the whole lifecycle of the recruitment process. Do not hesitate to ask us any questions. We are happy to help you.


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