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Liz in Ajax, Ontario

27 months ago

Well one of the employment agencies i registered with 2 weeks ago contacted me by leaving a voicemail message on my cellphone informing me they had a job offer for me. I literally called them back in exactly 30 minutes. She thanked me for calling her back and then told me that they had already filled the position! I said to her well I was so surprised that they wouldn't even afford me the opportunity as I did return the call promptly...wasn't like i waited 2 days or anything to return her call! She said well i wasn't available so she went down the list of potential persons. I then told her to remove me from her database and to shred my file as I wasn't impressed with the way they do business. I know i have worked with other agencies who at least give you the benefit of at least half a day to a day to respond.

I had a feeling they were a rather odd agency...they had me fill out all sorts of forms which honestly didn't seem to make sense for the kind of jobs i was looking for. They also had me view all sorts of safety videos regarding workplace accidents etc...thing is i am looking for an administrative role...they were very outdated in their practices. Even their forms looked dated like out of the eighties!

My gut is telling me i did the right thing, as 1/2 hour to return a call is not unreasonable in my opinion! What if i was working and was in a meeting? At that rate i can't see how they could place me unless i had my phone glued to my ear, 24 hours a day!

Opinions please would be appreciated!

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nick in Somerville, Massachusetts

27 months ago

These companies are like rental agencies...they will post something that looks appealing, hook you in, and then say something like "oh we're sorry that job/apartment is now spoken for, but we have THESE to look at!"

When in fact, the appealing posting was NEVER available, and probably isn't even real. I remember when I was last looking for an apartment, I found my CURRENT apartment being advertised as if it was available, and it never was for the dates posted!

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Sal in Salt Lake City, Utah

27 months ago

OfficeTeam is good for posting jobs that don't exist! They posted a job that was an attractive deal, and later find out that they cannot get in touch with the hiring manager to get an interview. Then they tell you that it is rare that they get jobs in that are more than $13 or $14 and hour, but yet they have posted jobs on Careerbuilder jobs for $18 and hour, they are one of the lowest paying to the candidate and the highest bill rate to the client, gotta make money to cover all the paperwork they process luring in candidates with high paying jobs and how quickly that they get filled up. The Better Business Bureau should investigate this kind of practice.

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Parafreegal in Chicago, Illinois

27 months ago

Recruiters run fake ads to get you signed up.

Recruiters don't care who gets in and warms the chair for the client. They just want to make sure it's a person from their agency. They have to get someone in there before another agency does. They're desperate to close to the deal to get their money. That's why the job was gone so quickly. They're not about you; they're about themselves.

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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

27 months ago

I clearly can't stress that Career Builder, Monster.com, SimplyHired.com, and yes, even this one (Indeed.com) keep posting the same jobs from the same staffing agencies.

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Bluetea in Texas

27 months ago

Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania said: I clearly can't stress that Career Builder, Monster.com, SimplyHired.com, and yes, even this one (Indeed.com) keep posting the same jobs from the same staffing agencies.

Pass on those. It's either recruiter bait or even if the job is real the competition for those jobs is tremendous.

If you see the same posting and its been running for a long time, its usually recruiter bait - there is no job.

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rubmstr in Columbus, Ohio

26 months ago

Has anyone worked for Spherion? I registered with them a few weeks ago. I interviewed, went through orientation, etc. Worked one day at JC Penney outlet in an inventory/warehouse position. They were very unorganized. They told us to be there 15 minutes early the first day to get badges,etc. We stood around for half an hour before anyone came to get us. The team leaders acted like they had no clue we were supposed to be there, as if it had been imposed upon them. I asked several times where a restroom was. Apparently I had to be escorted like a 5 yr old. One hour into the shift, the team leader grunted and then took me back downstairs to one of the few restrooms.(After I had been told there was one in"my area")I resigned after one day. Now I can't get anyone to return my calls and have not getten paid for the one day I did work.

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Parafreegal in Chicago, Illinois

26 months ago

Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania said: I clearly can't stress that Career Builder, Monster.com, SimplyHired.com, and yes, even this one (Indeed.com) keep posting the same jobs from the same staffing agencies.

It's the agencies that continuously post the same ads. They must get a set amount of money each week to post ads. So they just continue posting the same one over and over. The sites don't care. They're getting paid by the agencies to run the same ads over and over. Robert Half is notorious for this practice. Kelly is just as bad.

Avoid wasting your time even opening the links to these ads.

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Kim in Chicago, Illinois

26 months ago

I would like to know if there is a way to stop this practice. Post an ad ONLY if the job exists, not to get people to give you leads. I would like to see something done in the future. Federal Trade Commisssion, State unemployment offices, Better Business Bureau, Class Action Suites or something.

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Bluetea in Texas

26 months ago

Kim in Chicago, Illinois said: I would like to know if there is a way to stop this practice. Post an ad ONLY if the job exists, not to get people to give you leads. I would like to see something done in the future. Federal Trade Commisssion, State unemployment offices, Better Business Bureau, Class Action Suites or something.

Here is what I heard in an unemployment seminar. "All these problems with the job market, were happening back when you had that good job! It's not gonna change now just because you are unemployed".

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ruthann5662 in Humble, Texas

26 months ago

Kim in Chicago, Illinois said: I would like to know if there is a way to stop this practice. Post an ad ONLY if the job exists, not to get people to give you leads. I would like to see something done in the future. Federal Trade Commission, State unemployment offices, Better Business Bureau, Class Action Suites or something.

State Unemployment offices HATE temp agencies...If you decide to dress and drive to register with an agency for a specific job, then have trouble getting a return call, go to your workforce commission center and have one the the assistants call your contact at the agency to explain the situation. They don't have to respect us, but they do have to listen to the state. We can be punished by the state for falsifying our work search records. Agencies should be made to answer for falsifying job postings.

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Nanlisa in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

26 months ago

ruthann5662 in Humble, Texas said: State Unemployment offices HATE temp agencies...If you decide to dress and drive to register with an agency for a specific job, then have trouble getting a return call, go to your workforce commission center and have one the the assistants call your contact at the agency to explain the situation. They don't have to respect us, but they do have to listen to the state. We can be punished by the state for falsifying our work search records. Agencies should be made to answer for falsifying job postings.

Over ten years ago, I went one of the Career Link offices in Philadelphia to do my job search practically every day. One of the representatives there said that they too have had a problem with these temp agencies.

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Motor City in Farmington Hills, Michigan

26 months ago

I can understand why the Unemployment offices hate temp agencies. They fight all the claims they get. Telling the state that you are not available for work. You must check in with the agency if they were your last employer since they have to pay for your claim. So the best advice would be to email your contact EVERY week telling them that you are available for work. You have proof that you made the effort and are available for work. You can prove that to unemployment if you have to, a phone call is harder to prove if they don't mark your call in, which they can easily "Forget". They lie even to them.

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Bob in Niles, Illinois

20 months ago

All agencies are the same. They call you and tell you about a job that is temp to hire, attractive pay. The catch is that they want to meet with you, and when they get your information such as places you have worked and temped they call them, not looking to see if you did great work for them, but sweet talking employers saying that they have some many talented candidates and give them a try. I have spent a ton of money on train fare only to get leads for them and a kick in the behind for me. So please don't go in for their games unless you are looking for a date.

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Bob in Niles, Illinois

20 months ago

All agencies are the same. They call you and tell you about a job that is temp to hire, attractive pay. The catch is that they want to meet with you, and when they get your information such as places you have worked and temped they call them, not looking to see if you did great work for them, but sweet talking employers saying that they have some many talented candidates and give them a try. I have spent a ton of money on train fare only to get leads for them and a kick in the behind for me. So please don't go in for their games unless you are looking for a date.

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Parafreegal in Chicago, Illinois

20 months ago

Preaching to the choir, dude. We all know. How they stay in business, I have no idea.

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Alice3 in Dunwoody, Georgia

20 months ago

Whats the story on out of state temp agencys calling about a job where you live? THeres more than enough temp agencys and they should all shrivel up and go away!!!

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Jolly in Chicago, Illinois

20 months ago

Seems like I get more calls from agencies from Georgia than my own area. Most of the time they tell you the name of the company which local ones will not tell you unless an interview is arranged, and they are long term temp like 6 months to a year with a strong possiblity to extend, funny the few temp assingments I had didn't even last as long as they stated with no extention or call back. They should be licenced to work only in the state that they live in not cross state lines. Also they are mostly Indian born, and when they call you I cannot understand their name or what company they are from, that is why they send you an email as they want you to understand what they want from you, your identity.

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Alice3 in Dunwoody, Georgia

20 months ago

I dont know mine speak english perfectly. It seems that when I say I know right where that is thats the end of it. I dont get it. Most temp agencys want you to do direct deposit which I would NEVER give them just like that either in an email or over the phone, they can mail it to the co. or me directly. Its just fishey, real fishey. I went on the Co's website and there is no such job avail which makes it even more fishey. What preys on the unemployed is just unbelievable.

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Parafreegal in Chicago, Illinois

20 months ago

My experience has been that the temp market in my field and location has totally dried up. Or it could be that I'm simply black balled by the temp industry. Could also be a combination of both. I'd do temp work and have signed up with several agencies (waste of time), but I've not gotten anything.

The last time a temp agency wanted me was some time ago when the woman there called me up on a Thursday or Friday and said she'd need me to work the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of a holiday weekend - at straight pay. She gave me no details about what the job would be. She just wanted to make sure my butt would be available to warm a chair. I told her to take a flying leap. I really hate dealing with idiots.

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mbohar in Saint Paul, Minnesota

17 months ago

The job agency that I contacted for transcription and data entry is just not useful. I have been with them for a long time now (months and months) and I've gotten a call maybe twice about a possible job, one of which was too far away for me and the other they said they'd send my resume and they must not have wanted to interview with me because I never heard anything. Otherwise they just have not found me anything. Granted I have a background that is not in demand and has dried up but I have enough data entry skills that I can do something but I feel like the agency pigeon-holes me into that specific job I used to do and nothing outside that using the same skills. Frustrating. It's been way too long that I've been out of a job (over 4 years) and I feel useless and lost the will to do any work.

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John in Catonsville, Maryland

17 months ago

mbohar in Saint Paul, Minnesota said: Frustrating. It's been way too long that I've been out of a job (over 4 years) and I feel useless and lost the will to do any work.

You are not alone. Also out for over 4 years and lost the will to work. I do enjoy volunteering though and that has led to some minor income.

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Unhappilyunemployed in Pennsylvania

16 months ago

Bluetea in Texas said: Pass on those. It's either recruiter bait or even if the job is real the competition for those jobs is tremendous.

If you see the same posting and its been running for a long time, its usually recruiter bait - there is no job.

I am just finding this out. I thought it was me, but now I have been out of work long enough to see these same jobs I applied to at the onset of my unemployment are still here! I would love to start up some sort of company that researches job ads to see if they are real or not. I bet 90% of these are fraud and this practice should be banned. Let's face it; we are putting personal information out there and we should be protected from the bottom feeders. I personally think I will only apply to companies directly from here on in.

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