It's like a romance - the first tentative meetings with your agency, the probing questions, figuring out how well you suit each other... and there's the feelings of infidelity when you sign on with a rival. ('Have your fingers in many pies' my dad used to say) And then there's just the waiting for the phone to ring... and waiting and waiting... Will this be the start of something beautiful or will it all end in my mum rolling her eyes again and giving me that 'another one - just like last time' look. But I did learn a few things through the heartache: 1: you only need to make one CRB application. Making multiples just slows down an already painfully slow system and good agencies know this. 2: good agencies do not want to see every bit of paper imaginable (one even asked for wage slips signed by previous employer - what a waste of trees) and will do the photocopying for you. 3: job seekers allowance - don't go there.