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Joe Gagill in Monticello, New York

30 months ago

Just wondering in all the fields you have been involved with has there been 1 common denominator weakness that stands out in potential candidates over and over again.

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Erika J in Keller, Texas

30 months ago

BTW Joe, I'm asking you to be a bit more specific about the role you are seeking simply because I do want to help. I do not claim to know it all (not even close). But I do know how it feels to be in your shoes and every single one of us can easily find ourselves there tomorrow. There is nothing wrong with you and there is nothing wrong with reaching out to vent and/or get some feedback.

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Erika J in Keller, Texas

30 months ago

For what it's worth, I do feel that I responded to your initial "venting" improperly. For that, I do apologize.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

30 months ago

@Erika:

Thank you for apologizing to Joe. You have a good night and an even better tomorrow.

@Joe:

Stay SAFE! Folks like me out here on the prairie are worried about you. I happen to have friends and family in New England and am most concerned about their safety.

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Erika J in Keller, Texas

30 months ago

You too Colorado. BTW, did you get hit with those terrible fires earlier this year? It looked like it spread very fast and I never really found out how much damage it did by the end?

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

30 months ago

@Joe:

I just saw on weather.com that JFK clocked a wind gust at 79 mph. Eatons Neck, NY clocked a 94 mph gust.

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Erika J in Keller, Texas

30 months ago

Not to sound like the Safety Marshall here or anything, but Joe, you are staying away from windows right?

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

30 months ago

Erika J in Keller, Texas said: Did you get hit with those terrible fires earlier this year? It looked like it spread very fast and I never really found out how much damage it did by the end?
Thank G-d, no. One fire was in the Fort Collins area, about sixty miles north of Denver.

The other big fire was in Colorado Springs, sixty miles south. That storm immolated an entire COS subdivision. That storm hit particularly close to home because I had lived in one of the evacuated areas. Google "Waldo Canyon Fire" for more info.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

30 months ago

$110 Meg in damage from the Waldo Canyon fire.

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Erika J in Keller, Texas

30 months ago

OMG!!! I just saw the pics from "Waldo Canyon Fire"!! That's horrible!

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

30 months ago

Yep.

I liked your "Safety Marshall" crack, above! :D

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Erika J in Keller, Texas

30 months ago

Did you know anyone living there at that time?

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

30 months ago

I did. I checked up on them. They were away from the fire and were fine.

Thanx for asking.

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Erika J in Keller, Texas

30 months ago

Thank Goodness! It looked like it would have been extremely confusing for people trying to escape the flames. The smoke seemed to encompass everything!
P.S. To everyone else, yes I know I'm WAY off topic but quite frankly sometimes I just am not the champ at staying on topic... Now that can make recruiting a bit difficult at times!!

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Erika J in Keller, Texas

30 months ago

Out of curiosity (and hey, a bit more ON topic I guess;-) what type of paralegal work do you specialize in Colorado?

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

30 months ago

Multiple specialties. Estate planning, probate, elder law, litigation and WC.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

30 months ago

Also more OT, I think one reason for the hostility here is the inscrutability of the employment process. It's nothing new - it's always been that way for the forty years I was in the workforce.

It seems the process is shrouded in intrigue. E.g., on paper one can meet precisely every specification set forth in a job announcement and is not called. Or one attends an interview(s) and does well by every reasonable standard. Yet one never hears again from the employer and cannot determine why. It's all a mystery. Hence the frustration candidates feel regarding the process, which often devolves into anger and thence devolves into hostility when someone in a hiring capacity, which includes but is not limited to "recruiters," appears here and tries to justify their role.

I guess it would be nice if we were all clairvoyant and could read employers' minds. But we're not and the process remains...inscrutable.

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Erika J in Keller, Texas

30 months ago

Totally agree. Unfortunately, even the internal Recruiters and Recruiting Mgmt cannot guarantee that a hiring manager (those in other departments, not HR specifically) will handle things properly. In too many cases, the candidates are left blowing in the wind and unfortunately when they call the Recruiter to get an update they are met with vague responses i.e. "let me check on the progress, "I will get back to you on that", "they have not yet made a hiring decision but I will let you know", etc... On the outside, it appears as if the Recruiter is being purposely misleading and not telling the whole story. Truth be told, Recruiters and Recruiting Mgmt can only push so much for an answer from the hiring managers. Trust me, there are times I have had shouting matches with some of the department managers that feel like candidates and the company recruiters simply exist for their positions alone. It's severely f**ked up and it is a terrible feeling to be caught in the middle. I cannot tell you how horrible it feels to not have an answer for a candidate. EVERYONE deserves to know where they stand. But all too often the internal recruiting division gets the bad name. Now, that is why it is SO frustrating to then be confused with unscrupulous staffing agencies that purposely are vague and misleading in an effort to "sell" candidates to companies for a huge markup.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

30 months ago

Erika J in Keller, Texas said: On the outside, it appears as if the Recruiter is being purposely misleading and not telling the whole story. Truth be told, Recruiters and Recruiting Mgmt can only push so much for an answer from the hiring managers. Trust me, there are times I have had shouting matches with some of the department managers that feel like candidates and the company recruiters simply exist for their positions alone. It's severely f**ked up and it is a terrible feeling to be caught in the middle. I cannot tell you how horrible it feels to not have an answer for a candidate. EVERYONE deserves to know where they stand..
I appreciate those comments, Erika. I believe all of them.

But I don't understand why employers cannot or refuse to provide the simple courtesy of a rejection notice....after they have settled on a hire and are in a position to have an answer for a candidate.

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Erika J in Keller, Texas

30 months ago

Now that IS simply wrong. It is not a pleasant conversation to have but it IS the right thing to do. Regardless of what the hiring decision is, it is ALWAYS appropriate to follow up. I'm sorry that you have had to experience that. I have experienced it too as a candidate. It is not okay. And it is part of the Recruiter's job to talk to the candidate and inform them of where they stand. I have actually had some of my better conversations with candidates that had to give bad news to. Too many people avoid unpleasant conversations when the truth is that it does not have to be unpleasant. People appreciate honesty and, even if you call with bad news, it sure as heck is better than no news. It's just the right thing to do. Treat others as you wish to be treated. In fact, there have been candidates that might not have gotten the original position they applied for, but that I truly were awesome people (PEOPLE- that is the key to it all!) No position is beyond someone's reach. It isn't. It's the candidate that doesn't let foolish hiring managers determine their worth. Those are one's that become the hiring mangers' managers! Everyone (to an extent, obviously qualifications such as being a paralegal are necessary to be a paralegal, of course!) can be great. You can train someone to do a job, but you CANNOT train someone to have a personality or drive. I have been very honest with candidates, at least, I have tried to be as much as humanly possibly(well, corporately possible unfortunately.) Explained that I did not or could not promise anything other than I would do whatever I needed to do to get their name in front of the right hiring manager. That is the key. The right hiring manager. NOT the right candidate.

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Erika J in Keller, Texas

30 months ago

Erika J in Keller, Texas said: Now that IS simply wrong. It is not a pleasant conversation to have but it IS the right thing to do. Regardless of what the hiring decision is, it is ALWAYS appropriate to follow up. I'm sorry that you have had to experience that. I have experienced it too as a candidate. It is not okay. And it is part of the Recruiter's job to talk to the candidate and inform them of where they stand. I have actually had some of my better conversations with candidates that had to give bad news to. Too many people avoid unpleasant conversations when the truth is that it does not have to be unpleasant. People appreciate honesty and, even if you call with bad news, it sure as heck is better than no news. It's just the right thing to do. Treat others as you wish to be treated. In fact, there have been candidates that might not have gotten the original position they applied for, but that I truly were awesome people (PEOPLE- that is the key to it all!) No position is beyond someone's reach. It isn't. It's the candidate that doesn't let foolish hiring managers determine their worth. Those are one's that become the hiring mangers' managers! Everyone (to an extent, obviously qualifications such as being a paralegal are necessary to be a paralegal, of course!) can be great. You can train someone to do a job, but you CANNOT train someone to have a personality or drive. I have been very honest with candidates, at least, I have tried to be as much as humanly possibly(well, corporately possible unfortunately.) Explained that I did not or could not promise anything other than I would do whatever I needed to do to get their name in front of the right hiring manager. That is the key. The right hiring manager. NOT the right candidate.

BTW, I didn't mean You were wrong, I meant that what happened to you was wrong

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

30 months ago

Erika J in Keller, Texas said: Now that IS simply wrong. It is not a pleasant conversation to have but it IS the right thing to do. Regardless of what the hiring decision is, it is ALWAYS appropriate to follow up. I'm sorry that you have had to experience that. I have experienced it too as a candidate. It is not okay. And it is part of the Recruiter's job to talk to the candidate and inform them of where they stand.
Well......so many of them do not do their jobs, which contributes to the inscrutability, frustration and, ultimately, the hostility you've seen here.

One other thought. To candidates, HR and recruiters are the face of the company. Recruiters not treating candidates well, or non-treatment of candidates, as the case may be, transmit a negative message about the company. From a PR standpoint that seems unwise. It would seem that the last thing companies need is bad pub (see Bain Capital), but as far as candidates are concerned, they simply don't care. That gives rise to the negative comments about companies one reads on these forums.

Also consider that candidates are guests of the company. Yes, employment is a business transaction, but they are still guests while on the property. They deserve to be treated like guests, but are not. That just sucks...and foments more hostility toward employers...and recruiters.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

30 months ago

Erika J in Keller, Texas said: BTW, I didn't mean You were wrong, I meant that what happened to you was wrong
Understood. No problema.

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Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado

30 months ago

It would seem that the last thing companies need is bad pub (see Bain Capital), but as far as candidates are concerned, companies simply don't care. That gives rise to the negative comments about companies one reads on these forums.

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Erika J in Keller, Texas

30 months ago

Unemployed Paralegal in Denver, Colorado said: It would seem that the last thing companies need is bad pub (see Bain Capital), but as far as candidates are concerned, companies simply don't care. That gives rise to the negative comments about companies one reads on these forums.

Absolutely, I agree. It is inexcusable that people are treated as a commodity rather an asset.

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Erika J in Keller, Texas

30 months ago

Also, here's a great example of what goes around comes around. I had a director of recruiting that I reported to and she was simply a joke. I mean, this chick used to actually go to the movies in the middle of the day and always felt she was above it all. Well, she felt that way because the director was of the department was simply a joke and she showed her how to skew the system numbers to look like she was working and placing candidates. Unfortunately, (well, fortunately for the poor recruiters that were tasked with excusing her behavior for so long)she was finally busted and fired VERY publicly. In fact, she was ESCORTED OUT OF THE BUILDING!!! I left long before that but of course you know that gossip is always gonna spread. It was a GREAT day (giggle, giggle Dr. evil pinky finger to the mouth!)

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Erika J in Keller, Texas

30 months ago

Erika J in Keller, Texas said: Also, here's a great example of what goes around comes around. I had a director of recruiting that I reported to and she was simply a joke. I mean, this chick used to actually go to the movies in the middle of the day and always felt she was above it all. Well, she felt that way because the director was of the department was simply a joke and she showed her how to skew the system numbers to look like she was working and placing candidates. Unfortunately, (well, fortunately for the poor recruiters that were tasked with excusing her behavior for so long)she was finally busted and fired VERY publicly. In fact, she was ESCORTED OUT OF THE BUILDING!!! I left long before that but of course you know that gossip is always gonna spread. It was a GREAT day (giggle, giggle Dr. evil pinky finger to the mouth!)

I know, I know, it sounds SO petty but it was just an AWESOME moment. You would have had to know her. She would let people go and escort them out of the office like they were criminals. It was a bit of poetic justice. Just a lil bit can go a long way;-)

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wickerkat in Mundelein, Illinois

28 months ago

I've worked with TCG here in Chicago for a number of years and have never had a problem. Obviously a lot of the things posted here are unacceptable, but I can honestly say that after freelancing for 20 years (by choice) and working with all of the recruiters here in Chicago, TCG is one of the best. I'd be happy to refer anybody in Chicago to my connections over there. I'm a graphic designer and art director, working primarily with Quark, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

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Struggling Designer in Reston, Virginia

26 months ago

This company like many many job hunter agencies is a joke. They bring you in and are so "gung ho" about your experiences and then you hear NOTHING from them. I had two apparent leads after taking time out of my day and spending money I didn't have (I'm unemployed) for transportation to come back for numerous interviews with the same two people, ONLY to not have anything. I ended up having to contact at least five or six times over the course of a month and their only response was "don't give up." Yeah, this place is a complete waste of time. They don't care at all. After reassuring me that I had the experience and could be a perfect fit for many companies, I came up empty. DO NOT GO TO THESE PEOPLE.

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fuerst.sandra in Cleveland, Ohio

25 months ago

I don't agree with what was said about RHI. I worked there for 8 years and understood the process fairly well. First of all signing a lot of papers is a phrase people like to use when they don't like to read them. The "papers" are actually information to help them distinguish you, the applicant from Jack the Ripper. If they are going to represent you and continue to be professional, which is an image they have developed since the 1940's, they must be cautious about who they stand behind. I would.

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sanfue01 in Cleveland, Ohio

25 months ago

Another thing. about the not getting a call please consider a little humility. Perhaps there just was not a job out there for you that they could put their finger on. Even if you were qualified it doesn't mean you were a good fit Some employers are very specific about the candidates they want and it's possible you were not it. Sometimes employers have personality issues that they really stress have to be taken into consideration and they can do this if they want to. They have helped a lot of people. And Really It's not for everybody... Some do OK looking for work on their own.

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Erika J in Keller, Texas

25 months ago

LOL, Truer words were never spoken! It's short, to the point, and spot on.

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Erika J in Dallas, Texas

25 months ago

Erika J in Keller, Texas said: LOL, Truer words were never spoken! It's short, to the point, and spot on.

Oops, posted the above in the wrong forum! Sorry Guys!

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Erika J in Dallas, Texas

25 months ago

fuerst.sandra in Cleveland, Ohio said: I don't agree with what was said about RHI. I worked there for 8 years and understood the process fairly well. First of all signing a lot of papers is a phrase people like to use when they don't like to read them. The "papers" are actually information to help them distinguish you, the applicant from Jack the Ripper. If they are going to represent you and continue to be professional, which is an image they have developed since the 1940's, they must be cautious about who they stand behind. I would.

That's not true. The "papers" you are referring to are NOT to help distinguish the candidate from Jack the Ripper. To do that only requires a simple signature from the candidate giving authorization for RHI to conduct a background check. It's that simple. One signature. One minute. Voila, the candidate is NOT Jack the Ripper.

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Erika J in Dallas, Texas

25 months ago

The "papers" are actually intended to give RHI exclusive rights to the candidate. Basically, they are "ownership" papers. Hence, the reason for the "new hire" paperwork and breif "orientation". It gives the candidate the impression that they are "employed" by RHI. Wouldn't you think that too if you had just given your bank account and routing number for direct deposit, submitted to DS/BC, etc..? I would. The truth is that RHI is competing with all of the other companies out there also cold calling into these companies trying to sell them "their candidates". It's not the other way around. Yes, I know, supposedly RHI has a "exclusivity contract" with some companies, but let's not kid ourselves. A company is going to go with the first staffing firm to send the right candidate. The "papers" are an attempt to control the situation and transaction.

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Erika J in Dallas, Texas

25 months ago

Erika J in Dallas, Texas said: The "papers" are actually intended to give RHI exclusive rights to the candidate. Basically, they are "ownership" papers. Hence, the reason for the "new hire" paperwork and breif "orientation". It gives the candidate the impression that they are "employed" by RHI. Wouldn't you think that too if you had just given your bank account and routing number for direct deposit, submitted to DS/BC, etc..? I would. The truth is that RHI is competing with all of the other companies out there also cold calling into these companies trying to sell them "their candidates". It's not the other way around. Yes, I know, supposedly RHI has a "exclusivity contract" with some companies, but let's not kid ourselves. A company is going to go with the first staffing firm to send the right candidate. The "papers" are an attempt to control the situation and transaction.

BTW, just to clarify I speak directly from inside experience. It is just the truth, no more no less. People have the right to know the process and if you want candidates to feel less misled, then give it them straight. No BS.

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WillWash1 in North Wales, Pennsylvania

25 months ago

Birdseye View from a temp working 4 TCG in Saint Paul, Minnesota said: The only other paperwork you need to fill out at the application process is an I-9 and automatic payroll deduction if you're temp, or background check paperwork if you check yes to the felony question.

There are so many resumes as I said, and the people that are getting the jobs are the ones with recognizable art and advertising work. Brands, websites, companies that many people have heard of.

One of my jobs is sending declination letters to the hundreds of rejected resumes. I made the mistake once of having my name rather than the recruiters name on the signature. I got many calls from irate applicants with a "how dare you not love my work" kind of attitude. I feel bad, nobody likes rejection but what is it about Creatives that they many (not all, but many) think they're God's gift to the world...

Bottom line, go to the Creative Group's website and look over some of their resources if you get a rejection letter and consider using them or go somewhere else... but don't just throw your hands up and tell everybody it's a scam. People get interviewed, people get jobs. I know because I am busy processing these people all day long. Again, it's really the best and the brightest and those with big name ad/art background that get the jobs.

No..we don't consider ourselves God's Gift to the World, But we do know we are clearly and fully Qualified for the position you have posted with no equivocations, I have applied and filled out paper work with two different recruiters with no response of interviews. and then to see them on linkedin posting jobs i know i'm qualified for...why are you posting on linkedin if you supposedly have an exclusive pool of candidates to pull from. that doesn't add up and yes i will be reporting to the attorney generals office, because it does lock us up so to speak.

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Run From Recruiters in Chula Vista, California

23 months ago

Staffing companies take advantage of those naive to the process: below-scale wages so they can add on their 60%+ markup; no medical benefits except capped policies; no holiday pay; no vacation pay. If you've been on assignment long enough to qualify for benefits, you ARE lucky. Candidate's hours could be intentionally capped short of qualifying.

Staffing companies are middlemen, between those with the skills and the companies who need them. For this, they get huge commissions for being a payrolling company. You get $20/hour, they get $12(min). You get $40, they get $24(min). Great return for simply submitting your resume for review. The cost of entering someone into a payroll software program… pennies. The cost of your nonexistent benefits… zero. The company likes you and wants to hire you? Recruiter steps in with a big fee for "finding" you. That fee could be a deal breaker. Budgets only go so far.

I have experience in every aspect of graphic design, and sought employment from numerous recruiters: Aquent/Vitamin T, Creative Group/Robert Half, Creative Circle, Eastridge, Volt, Kforce, and more. It's the same B.S. under a different name. The recruiter you talk to at TCG will move to Aquent and then somewhere else. They're sales people, telemarketers, and couldn't perform your job on their best day. Yet you are relying upon them to find you work, to return your calls, to answer your emails.

Recruiters ARE exceptional at: posting non-existent jobs to "staff up" if a real job hits; collecting resumes to glean contacts to solicit. Bona fide job postings state, "Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster." Intuit posted a UI Designer job for TurboTax software. In a week, six recruiters had replicated the job posti

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Resourceful Recruiter in Fort Worth, Texas

23 months ago

[QUOTE Recruiters ARE exceptional at: posting non-existent jobs to "staff up" if a real job hits; collecting resumes to glean contacts to solicit. Bona fide job postings state, "Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster." Intuit posted a UI Designer job for TurboTax software. In a week, six recruiters had replicated the job posting

You were SO CLOSE to being completely 100% correct with everything you were saying. Until you stated the above comment. Yes, STAFFING AGENTS are nothing more than commission-based telemarketers and outside sales, BUT 8 times out of 10 they are NOT Recruiters. Yes, I understand that the job boards say that but what they mean is NO STAFFING companies. Those "bona fide" job postings that say "Recruiters do not contact the job poster" are actually posted by bona fide real recruiters.

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ninezero8 in Atlanta, Georgia

23 months ago

Rob in Denver, Colorado said: Their jobs are BOGUS TOO! I've sent my resume and am highly qualified as a website designer . They never ONCE called me about one assignment of which I had ALL the qualifications! I probably (wasted my timme) applied to about 20 jobsw so far. I don't waste my time anymore just so they CAN COLLECT RESUMES!!!

I agree....I have wasted my time applying to their many available positions that I am more than qualified for. I had an interview and because I am more interested in a full-time permanent position they will not contact me for any contract work even though I had asked them to. They have done nothing but waste my time to. Same thing with Creative Circle....they post countless jobs and you can spend half of your life sending resumes that never end up with any response at all.

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rachinc in Chicago, Illinois

23 months ago

I saw a job for a producer/editor on Indeed.com and I applied for it. I got a response back from "creative circle." (the recruiting agency in chicago). they asked me to come in and interview with them, so I did. They had me show off some of my video work and then they explained what they do and then told me that they would meet with their team on tuesday and try to think of ideas for jobs for me, and then the interview was over. I nicely said: I was under the impression that I applied for this one particular job and came in to pitch myself and my skills for this one particular job, and tell you why I think I'm right for the job that you posted to the internet. Instead of telling me anything about this producer/editor job I've applied for, you've spent the time pitching the services of your agency and looking at my portfolio. The woman looks at the job listing (that I had in hand) and goes I dont know of that job, it must belong to another one of my recruiters.

So basically they posted this job on the internet, and then brought me in to interview me to be in their creative roster of people. not to be directly considered for the job. it almost felt like bait and switch. its like i thought I was here for a particular job, not the option of waiting to hear back from you guys about other jobs. but instead of showing disappointment, or confusion, I was nice and polite and showed some enthusiasm about waiting to hear back from them concerning job leads.

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Unsatisfied in Denver, Colorado

21 months ago

I agree these agencies are a joke and probably most jobs are bogus. I was greeted by a mouthy young kid and then told they have nothing for me with my years of experience. I regret giving them my personal information and even wasting my time.

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LawGuy77 in Denver, Colorado

21 months ago

TCG is a waste. They put me on a project that was SUPPOSED to be temp to hire. The timeline was four months. By the fourth month, the firm I was temping with dragged its feet and stated that they would bring me on as their own in another 6 months. Then it went from bringing me on as their own employee to contracting me through the following year, 2012, to ending the contract at the end of 2011, to ending the contract in September, to finally ending the contract in July of 2011.

My TCG rep. made her bi monthly visits but the talks were to see if they could generate more business for TCG, NOT to address the written complaints I had made about the firm jerking me on the contract (temp to hire, and negative work environment). My rep. was a young 20 something with an eye on generating leads, NOT representing temps from TCG. In the end, due to no fault of my own, I was left high and dry, TCG did nothing to alleviate the situation by getting me elsewhere, nor did they make attempts to place me after working with the firm because I was very outspoken about their business practices.

I would never recommend this sh*t hole to anyone.

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sanjosesilver in San Jose, California

20 months ago

The TCG is owned by Robert Half and they have strict, if not invasive screening policies. Not only do they insist you come in to be pre-screened, if some time has gone by, they want you to come in again, so they can update their database. They also offer rates 20-30% lower than other agencies. I recommend them only for recent grads or newbies, not seasoned creatives. I hate when recruiters call me and ask about what sorts of creative positions I want and if I have time to talk and if I've recently applied for other positions. I only deal with agencies who have direct relationships with hiring managers, the rest are a waste of time!

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judypal in Brooklyn, New York

20 months ago

The Creative Group is not a scam nor do they affect your life or career in any negative way once you are signed up with them. The Recruiter was highly professional and it is apparent they are determined to present their candidates in the best light possible. Nothing at all happened that was out of the ordinary. They do a credit check, that is it.

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zenbezier in Vista, California

20 months ago

I can't speak for what goes on at other branches, or in other states, but I was doing freelance and contract work on my own for about six years until the economy thinned out. After a start-up I was working for folded, I looked for work for two months with no luck. I never thought I'd find myself working for a temp agency of ANY kind, but when you've got a mortgage to pay, you do what you have to in order to stay off the street. I signed with TCG and began interviewing immediately, and was working about 10 days later. The first gig they put me on was only supposed to be for "a couple days", but I turned it into six weeks because that's how I roll. I don't know about anyone else, but my guy works hard to keep me busy, and so far, I have no complaints.

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Arise in Eatontown, New Jersey

20 months ago

Happened August 23rd. First appointment was cancelled by the recruiter, I took no issue with it. Second appointment I cancelled after a potential paying client made contact. Hooray. Third appointment I kept, curious to meet the recruiter.

The pleasant receptionist handed out multiple sheets of paperwork and requested identification. I had expected to meet the recruiter and discuss what is offered and my expectations, and if agreeable, and only afterward, hand me paperwork.

Having reached an age where additional hoops and headaches are avoided, I read through the paperwork and suddenly decided, that I'm not interested in continuing a process that already seemed impersonal and likely going nowhere.

Here's the thing that impressed. The recruiter called me even before I exited the building. She is spunky, even brash, so, perhaps she really does have the positions she claimed available.

Good luck all.

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L. Sadle in Waldorf, Maryland

19 months ago

Anne in Littleton, Colorado said: SOUNDS GOOD BUT THEY WILL EITHER CALL YOU IN AND THEN ASK YOU WHERE YOU WORKED OR DISREGARD YOU ALTOGETHER.

HOW ABOUT SENDING RESUMES LIKE THIS DIRECTLY TO EMPLOYERS (NOT DIVULGING COMPANY NAMES)?

Of course you can apply directly to employers. And you can get rejected by them just as easily even if you are qualified. The "trick" is to get that call back on your resume--an agency can help with that, if they're respected and have contacts.

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Advertising professional in Nutley, New Jersey

17 months ago

Creative Circle is a SCAM. Has anyone reported them to the Better Business Bureau? How about a class action suit to recoup the many, many hours crafting thoughtful cover letters and resumes to NON EXISTENT jobs?! I have recently applied to jobs that match my skill set perfectly. Sometimes it is for more esoteric skills that I know most people don't have. I NEVER get any response and when I tried contacting them all I get is a 15 year old receptionist. You basically go around in circles-- hence the name. If anyone is interested in pursuing this further let me know as now I am also very uncomfortable with them having my resume and personal info in their hands.

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Copywriter in Denver, Colorado

16 months ago

So, here's my Creative Group, Denver story. Really impressed at first. I moved to Denver and the recruiter I worked with was very personable and amazing. She found me a six month temp to hire job within a week.

Problem was that I hated the position--the company oversold me and the job ended up being completely different than they had described. I let TCG know I wanted out. They tried to convince me to stay for a certain amount of time. They are on the client side, not on the creative side--that's just their job. Other creative agencies strike a balance between advocating for both. That wasn't my experience here. After two weeks, my contract at the company I didn't like was suddenly terminated by them with no explanation. My feeling was that someone from TCG was in conversations with the client even though they told me they were keeping it "confidential" and had "no idea" what had happened.

They found me a new position to interview for immediately, to their credit. Loved the agency but not the job description during the interview. I decided I didn't want it, because there was no chance it would go permanent and it was a grueling amount of work for almost half a year with little to show for it at the end. But for some reason with TCG you always feel coerced into taking jobs no one else wants. It has seemed impossible, so far, through them to find a job that is actually desirable and without multiple red flags. It has been my experience that they will try to place you in the difficult, challenging positions that no one really wants first. So be your own advocate! Hold out for what you want. Take charge of the types of positions you'll interview for and those you'll refuse, because once you become part of the interview process they seem to take offense if you drop out, even before being offered/accepting the position.

But interviews are like dating--it's try-out time. You certainly don't have to marry every job you're offered.

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