KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!!!
Your basic rights when applying to a Recruitment Agency:
1. YOU MAY APPLY TO AS FEW OR AS MANY AGENCIES AS YOU WANT! Its good to be honest with the agencies if you are using more than one, to avoid duplicating applications and paperwork, but you are NOT obligated to stick with one agent.
2. YOU DON’T NEED TO PAY THE AGENCY! We earn a commission from the Employer, you are not responsible for paying us. The only potential fees that you might need to pay to an agency would be for costs involved with your licencing and visa requirements, AFTER you get a job offer (e.g. the PearsonVue licencing exam fee etc.).
3. YOU DON’T NEED TO SUBMIT ANY ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS TO THE AGENCY! Once you have received a job offer, and passed your licencing examination, then you will be required to hand your original documents to the agency in order for them to be authenticated for Saudi council and the visa application. At no point before you get a job offer are the original documents required, so please don’t give them to anyone.
4. ASK THE AGENT FOR INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR APPLICATION! Ask your agency to give you the list of the names of the hospitals they have applied to. This way you can a) be sure they are exploring as many options as possible, and b) you can give this list to your other agents to avoid duplicating applications. Also ask them for your Saudi Council login details, as this information belongs to YOU, and might be required at a later stage.
It has come to our attention that some agencies are “bullying” candidates into being loyal to them, and into accepting job offers with them. This is not acceptable practice! You are free to make your own choices!
If you are unsure of the legitimacy of any job offers that you have received, please don’t hesitate to email a copy to our office, and we will advise if you if the offer is real. We will advise you honestly and you will be under no obligation to us.
Don’t be scared to ask questions!
Wishing you the best of luck!
The Thymic Connections Team
Tel: +27 21 782-6753