Agencies can offer a great service, however there is a wide variation in their quality of practice and delivery. Selecting the right agency or consultancy for you, maintaining the right relationship and assessing whether they are performing for you is key. Look for behaviours and outcomes that can help you to manage the agency elements of your job search. Get this relationship right and throughout your career you could have a steady stream of good job opportunities presented to you, sometimes even when you are not really looking. Agencies are a great way are staying abreast of the jobs market in a relatiovely passive way.