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  • What are the most sought-after executive positions through a recruitment agency?

    From up-and-coming executives and department heads to managing director positions, the list is endless. We have various senior positions on our books and coordinate closely with you and the companies to ensure that no limits are set to your personal development as an executive.

  • Does it make a good impression on a company if an executive submits their application through a recruitment agency?

    Yes, because many companies themselves rely on professional recruitment agencies, including for executive roles. The companies hold our personal recommendations in high regard and even entrust us with exciting key positions instead of advertising them publicly. As a result, you benefit hugely from exclusive job vacancies at leading companies from the local area, with nothing standing in the way of your career as an executive.

  • What are the benefits of a recruitment agency for people who are applying for executive positions?

    Thanks to our long-standing, trustworthy partnerships with companies from southern Germany, we have an extensive network and are on first-name terms with the decision-makers at each individual company. Thanks to our excellent contacts and the insider knowledge we have about many leading companies, we have exclusive job vacancies that are only advertised through us. From us, you will receive professional and tailored advice, transparent cooperation and close coordination between yourself and interested companies.

  • What exactly does a recruitment agency do for engineers?

    We are experts in engineer recruitment and will help you to find the perfect company for you. Our recruitment consultants will take the time to get to know you personally and to find the jobs that are not only the perfect match for your technical skills, but your personality too. We know just the right people and the tweaks that you need to make to get your career as an engineer up and running.

  • Does a recruitment agency for engineers and technicians also provide recruitment advice?

    We are significantly different to most other recruitment agencies, because you get everything from one single service provider with us. Your dedicated contact person will provide you with their advice right from the very beginning, all the way through to your successful placement. This enables us to operate in a much more precise and purposeful way to ensure that we find the best job for you as quickly as possible.

  • Can a recruitment agency for engineers also help people to find a new career?

    If you are longing for a new challenge in your career, you can count on us to provide you with the professional support you need to find the right challenge for you. As experienced professionals in engineer recruitment, we will provide you with our advice and open up new opportunities and career paths for you. As a result, there are no limits to your personal and professional growth.

  • Do I need certain qualifications before I get in touch with a recruitment agency for commercial professions?

    A commercial apprenticeship, degree or relevant work experience in a commercial environment are definitely an advantage. Depending on the job profile specified by our customers, however, people looking for a career change will also be given a chance.

  • When should someone who is applying for a commercial profession get in touch with a recruitment agency?

    Always! As specialists in the recruitment of commercial professionals, we have all sorts of benefits and opportunities to offer you. Submit just one application to us and benefit from our extensive network. We can provide you with access to over 300 prestigious companies from the local area. Thanks to our many years of expertise, we are in contact with the decision-makers at companies and can help you to find your next dream job. A dedicated contact person will provide you with personalised advice and introduce you to the right company quickly and discreetly.

  • What is the recruitment process for commercial professions?

    Once we have received your application, your documents will be checked for completeness as well as your abilities and skills. Following an internal discussion and reviewing your profile in respect of any vacancies, we will contact you by phone to clarify any outstanding issues and to discuss positions with you. In many cases, you will be invited to attend a face-to-face meeting. Following this, your applicant profile will be recommended to our customers. Ideally, this will result in a job interview and your successful placement with a company.

  • Am I still allowed to send off my own applications while involved in this process?

    You are welcome to submit your own applications to companies. With us, however, the major advantage is that you only need to submit one application, i.e. there is no need for you to adapt your documents to different companies all the time. We will search for suitable positions for you and get in touch if there are any new vacancies. We also have an extensive network of relationships with the best companies in the local area. As a result, we are familiar with our customers and their teams, and are in an excellent position to judge whether you will fit into the company as a future new employee.

  • How do I find out about new vacancies? Do I need to look on the website myself?

    Only just found us and not got round to submitting your application yet? If that’s the case, then you will find our latest vacancies on our website. You can make a choice using the filter function and search for your specific dream job. If you have already submitted your application documents to us, then you will be in our pool of applicants. Our cutting-edge applicant management system will directly compare your profile with any new vacancies. If there is a good match, your dedicated recruitment consultant will get in touch with you. 

  • I am not interested in doing temp work. Can I still apply?

    Absolutely! We help more than 80% of our applicants to find permanent employment with renowned companies from the local area. Being leased to a company even for a short period of time has its benefits, as this is usually treated as a probationary period. In the majority of cases, leased employees are offered a permanent position by the companies while they are still on lease to them, or soon afterwards.

  • Where do you recruit people?

    Schmieder GmbH is THE recruitment agency from the Lake Constance/Upper Swabia and Allgäu region. Our primary focus is on the recruitment of commercial and engineering professionals. From Ulm to Lake Constance and from Überlingen to Lindau, we find the right jobs for the right people.

  • Which companies do you collaborate with?

    Our motto is “From the region. For the region”, which is why we have been collaborating with companies from the Lake Constance/Upper Swabia and Allgäu region for over three decades. Our regular customers now include more than 300 leading companies from the local area.

  • Will you automatically consider my application for other vacancies?

    We will automatically compare your application with several vacancies to ensure we find the perfect placement for you. Thanks to our many years of experience, our trustworthy partnerships with our customers and our modern applicant management system, we are able to place you with companies that are the perfect match for you. Before submitting your documents to one of our partners, we will discuss this with you once more to come to an agreement on how to proceed.

  • How should my cover letter be structured?

    When it comes to the structure of your cover letter, you should bear in mind that our application managers deal with a large number of applications on a daily basis, so keep it short and to the point.
    Ideally, your cover letter should be structured in such a way that it provides us with a brief overview of your current situation. It should be no longer than one DIN A4 page and tell us what motivated you to look for another job or career, the area in which you would like to work, your earliest possible start date, etc. There is also no need for you to make reference to a specific job vacancy, as we may also use your application for other positions – after discussing this with you first of course.

  • What are the application documents that you need?

    Your application documents are the ticket to your dream job. For this reason, they need to be complete and free of any mistakes.
    In addition to your cover letter and CV, an application that will make the right impression should also include a cover page as well as any relevant references and certificates. Although a photo is not compulsory, it makes a nice finishing touch to your application. 
    Thanks to our cutting-edge application management system, you can upload your application documents using the “APPLY NOW” button at the bottom of the job advertisement. Please ensure that you use PDF format.

  • Will you let me know before my application is forwarded on to companies?

    We will, of course, have a discussion with you about the job vacancies and companies, and will only ever forward your application documents on to them with your consent. In certain cases, we may not be able to tell you the name of the companies in advance for reasons of discretion. However, we will still discuss the vacancy with you and may be able to provide you with some basic information about the company. 

  • Can I also e-mail my application to you?

    We would prefer you not to send your application by e-mail. The best thing to do is to transfer your application documents straight into our system by clicking on the “APPLY NOW” button. This is a quick and easy way to upload your files (preferably in PDF format). Unlike e-mail applications, our application managers will then be able to see your documents immediately and we can respond to you more quickly. 
    The button can be found at the bottom of each vacancy. If there are no suitable vacancies for you at the present time, please submit a speculative application. 

  • I have seen a number of suitable vacancies. What should I do?

    If a number of our job vacancies appeal to you, that’s obviously really good news. Even better: you don’t need to send in a separate application for each vacancy you have seen, which saves you a lot of time and effort! If this is the case, click on the “Submit a speculative application” button and write the reference numbers for the relevant vacancies in the comments section. And there you have it! One application is all it takes to benefit from a whole host of job vacancies. 

  • How long does it take for an applicant to find a job through a recruitment agency?

    Over the years, we have made ongoing improvements to our internal processes where our response time is concerned. However, it is impossible to make a sweeping statement in this regard. Sometimes it takes just a few days, while in other cases it can take several weeks. To be specific, the exact period of time will depend on the job profile, the role and the requirements of the companies with which we collaborate.

  • Can an applicant reject a potential company?

    As the applicant, the decision to take on a new challenge is, of course, entirely up to you. Since long-lasting relationships are of paramount importance to us, you are of course welcome to reject potential companies if they do not fully meet the expectations you have of your future employer. It is also incredibly important to us that we place you with companies that are the perfect match for you.

  • What are the benefits of a recruitment agency for applicants?

    As an applicant, you only need to submit one application to us and then make the most of your endless opportunities, since we work with over 300 renowned companies in the local area. Your dedicated contact person will provide you with personalised advice and introduce you to the right company quickly and discreetly. We have access to positions that are not advertised publicly, as our many years of experience have put us in direct contact with the decision-makers. What’s more, our advice and support is completely free of charge for you, without any obligations.

  • What is the difference between private recruitment and temporary employment?

    In the case of private recruitment, you will have a permanent employment contract directly with one of our customers. You will negotiate all of the terms and conditions of your contract with your future employer and receive your employment contract from them too. In the case of personnel leasing, you will be employed by Schmieder GmbH and leased to our customers as a member of staff. These jobs are usually limited to a certain period of time and are often used by employers as an initial probationary period, following which you may be offered a permanent job.

  • Who benefits most from outsourcing?

    You as a company benefit most from outsourcing. If you would like to focus more of your attention on your core business, we offer you first-class support as a professional provider of outsourcing services. Our bespoke services will help you to grow your brand while also saving you time and money.

  • What should be taken into consideration when choosing an outsourcing provider?

    The quality standards of the outsourcing service provider should be just as high as your own, and the services they offer should be tailored to your individual needs and requirements. We will provide you with bespoke support and a first-class service, and act as highly professional representatives of your company to customers, guests and partners.

  • What are the benefits of outsourcing for companies?

    As a provider of outsourcing services, what you will receive from us is first-class staff and a professional service, where our quality standards are just as high as your own. In addition to bespoke services, you will benefit from cost savings, since we take care of resource and cover planning, as well as recruitment and staff support.

  • Is outsourcing good for small companies?

    Even if you run a smaller company, you too can benefit enormously from using us as a provider of outsourcing services. We will come to your company premises to take on specific activities or entire business divisions on the basis of service agreements. Indefinitely or for a limited time, we will tailor our services to your individual needs and requirements at all times. We will not only ensure that we meet our own quality standards, but each and every one of yours too – so your company can focus all of its attention on its core business.

  • How much does it cost to take on a leased employee?

    At present, a leased employee can be taken on free of charge after 9 months of being leased to your company. If taken on any sooner, within the 9 months, a fee will be charged that varies according to the duration of the leasing period.

  • Can I offer the leased employee a permanent job?

    Yes, subject to any notice periods, a leased employee can be taken on at any time and without difficulty, not only once the agreed leasing period has expired.

  • What are the benefits of personnel leasing for a company?

    If you would like to arrange short-term cover for busy periods, are looking for a high degree of flexibility by employing someone on a temporary basis, or would like to reduce your risk caused by fluctuations in the economy, then personnel leasing is the right choice for you. 

  • What is personnel leasing?

    In the case of personnel leasing, you will be employed by us, Schmieder GmbH. During your placement with a company, you will be assigned a contact person from Schmieder GmbH who will provide you with support throughout. Temporary assignments give you the opportunity to show renowned companies from the local area what you can do, and if all goes well, you may subsequently be offered a job by our customer directly. The Equal Pay law means that your salary will be adjusted to that of an employee in a comparable position or to the standard industry rate.

  • What sets a recruitment agency specialising in executives apart from others?

    As a professional recruitment agency for executives, we offer you an all-round service and take care of the entire recruitment process. Our goal is to place the best managers in the best management positions. We narrow down the choice of suitable candidates and attach great importance to outstanding personalities with tremendous expertise in addition to several years of professional experience and strong leadership. Thanks to our vast expertise, we attract the very best executives through trust that has been built up over many years, private contacts and good relationships. 

  • Is there a difference between a recruitment agency and head-hunting for executives?

    Unlike headhunting or poaching, as an experienced recruitment agency for executives, we rely on our recipe for success – excellent relationships. If top executives who might interest you are looking for a new job, we’ll be the first to know about it – and, if their profile matches your requirements, you’ll be the next. The very best candidates can only ever be won over with trust that has been built up over many years, private contacts and good relationships.

  • What support is provided by a recruitment agency for commercial professions?

    As specialists in the recruitment of commercial professionals, we will help you to find the perfect company. Our recruitment consultants have their eyes and ears open in the local area to ensure they find companies and applicants that are the perfect match for one another both professionally and personally. With honesty and discretion, we will check which company is the best match for your qualifications and aspirations, and will also freely admit if things are not quite right.

  • What sets a recruitment agency specialising in the commercial sector apart from others?

    With more than three decades of experience and our focus on the recruitment of commercial specialists, you can draw on our tremendous expertise and our extensive pool of applicants. This enables us to act quickly and without bureaucracy, narrowing down the choice of suitable applicants for you. In addition to the professional aptitude of the candidate, we also pay particular attention to their personality and people skills. What’s more, your dedicated contact person will provide you with support from the very first phone call, right through to drafting the contracts.

  • How does a recruitment agency work?

    To be able to offer you the best possible service, we attach great importance to providing a personal touch. During the initial consultation, we will determine your exact requirements and share important information. Throughout the entire process, your contact person will be on hand to provide you with advice and support. Aside from providing you with an excellent choice of candidates, we will help you to coordinate appointments and will be happy to answer any questions you have about your potential new employee.

  • What happens if the person recruited does not start their job?

    If the person recruited does not start their job, Schmieder GmbH will endeavour to fill the position as quickly as possible, without any additional cost to you. If, for example, a longer notice period should result in a gap that needs to be bridged, Schmieder GmbH also has candidates on its books who can be deployed at short notice to provide temporary cover as part of its personnel leasing service.

  • When does a fee have to be paid to the recruitment agency?

    A fee only has to be paid if we are successful, i.e. if a contract is offered to one or more of the specialists put forward by Schmieder GmbH.

  • How do you recruit suitable specialists?

    Finding the right people is becoming increasingly difficult in an ever-changing labour market. That is why we use a variety of (digital) channels to find the right staff for you – not just professionally, but personally too. In addition to the well-known online platforms, we also have excellent relationships with universities and further education institutions with whom we regularly collaborate to fill entry-level positions. 

  • What can a company expect from a recruitment agency?

    As Schmieder coordinates the entire recruitment process, we provide an all-round, worry-free service. We take care of drafting your job advertisements and conducting targeted recruitment and preliminary interviews, as well as selecting the most promising candidates and coordinating all of your appointments. We ensure that the applicants are a perfect fit for your company both personally and professionally, and that we are a partner on your level that can be trusted. You can count on a fast response, the safety of your personal data and our discretion.

  • How does a recruitment agency work for companies?

    We will search for skilled employees, engineers, specialists or executives on your behalf. As part of our professional service, we will create your job advertisements, take care of the entire recruitment process, conduct preliminary interviews and narrow down the choice of the most suitable applicants for you. Coordinating appointments and keeping in touch with you are all part and parcel of the service we offer, right through to the conclusion of a contract.

  • Are applicants charged a fee by a recruitment agency?

    All of our services and advice are free of charge for you as an applicant, without any obligations. A fee only has to be paid by the company if we are successful.

  • How do I submit an application to a recruitment agency?

    The “APPLY NOW” button is the fastest and easiest way to submit your application to us. This can be found at the bottom of each job advertisement, or you can click on “SUBMIT A SPECULATIVE APPLICATION” at the bottom of all of our job vacancies. A few clicks is all it takes to upload your application directly to our cutting-edge applicant management system. Your documents should ideally be in PDF format. In addition to a CV, your application should include a covering letter detailing your motivation and the area in which you would like to work, as well as any relevant references and certificates. A photo makes a nice finishing touch to your application. Treat your application like a business card, because it is the first impression we will get of you.

  • What are the benefits of a recruitment agency for applicants?

    Just one application is all it takes for us to open the doors for you to over 300 renowned companies in the local area. With one dedicated contact person and personalised advice, we will introduce you to the right company quickly and discreetly, true to our motto of “Good people in good companies”! Thanks to our many years of experience, we are in direct contact with the decision-makers and have access to positions that are not advertised publicly. Our service is also completely free of charge for you, without any obligations.

  • What are the benefits of a recruitment agency for companies?

    If your long-term plans include growing your team with the vacancy to be filled in addition to a disposable personnel budget, then a recruitment agency is the right choice for you. When recruiting people, we not only take care of the time-consuming process of screening suitable specialists and executives, but we also interview the candidates in person to ensure that they are the perfect fit your company – not just professionally, but personally too. This helps to keep your investments predictable and leaves you free to focus on what matters most.

  • What is the difference between recruitment and personnel leasing?

    As a professional recruitment agency, we help our applicants to find permanent employment directly with companies from the local area. You will negotiate all of the terms and conditions of your contract with your new employer and receive your employment contract from them. In the case of personnel leasing, you will be employed by us, Schmieder GmbH, and get the opportunity to work for up-and-coming companies. Since personnel leasing results in a job offer in over 80% of cases, use it as a springboard for your career to demonstrate what you can do.