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All Placement Agencies Are a JOKE!!!!

Perhaps your resume sucks with no stability and you probably tested poorly. Recruiters can only place the very best candidates. You are probably not fee eligible. Would a firm spend 10K on you? Probably not. So don't blame the recruiters.
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There are some staffing agencies (ex:Staff Force or RHI/Office Team)that won't even hire you if you had a (ONE) DUI (a MISDEMEANOR back then)...17 years ago.....and that's for jobs that DON'T even involve DRIVING!!!!). WTF??? And some companies won't hire you back (agency or not)just because you worked for them before (does NOT even matter if you were a GREAT employee)....again....WTF???
Jan 17, 2013 Solution by original poster
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I know that I'm not going to get every job I apply for. It's not about my resume or my testing ability. The fact is that I am through wasting my time with "Indeed" and with cowardly, deceitful recruiters - networking and direct contact is a far better way to go...that's where 85% of the jobs really are. What I blame recruiters for is placing "Indeed" ads for phony jobs that don't exist...and they almost all lead to resume-scanning software anyway. I want to talk to a hiring manager, not a cowardly piece of software, which reflects the cowardice and deceit of the managers or recruiters who place them. "Indeed", you're fired!
Oct 22, 2012 Solution by original poster
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I am college educated and carry a Master's degree. I completed grad school with a 4.0. These are the jobs I have been offered from "reputable" employment agencies over the past two years since I finished school:

1. Sandwich board sign holder. Pay $8 an hour, length of employment, 1 day.
2. Unloading a truck, pay, $9 an hour, 1 day.
3. Telemarketing for minimum wage.
4. Telemarketing for minimum wage.
5. Telemarketing for minimum wage.

I have never once been offered a job worthy of my qualifications or education level from a so called "employment agency." Anyway, I leave soon to go teach English overseas. Not what I thought I'd be doing, but I'm contracted directly by the school for a year and the pay is actually pretty good considering the low cost of living.

The two biggest scams in America are college and employment agencies. End of story.
Feb 17, 2011 Solution by original poster
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Is that headhunter an idiot or something? Doesn't she know the difference between a librarian and a bookkeeper? If your wife doesn't have any bookkeeping experience, why would a headhunter call her about a "bookkeeping" job. It has nothing to do with her previous experience as a librarian.

I also agree with some of the other posters here. Staffing agency recruiters are really salespeople. They have to maintain their quotas, even if it means lying or doing something that is illegal and unethical. Posting phony job ads. Calling somebody about a job that they don't qualify for. That's just rediculous. And it's illegal and unethical too.
Apr 26, 2010 Solution by original poster
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Good old RH. I tried to use them once, and that was it. I will never see the need for staffing companies. You are either qualified for a position with company or not. You really don't need someone else to figure this out for you. I never apply for a position that I am not qualified for. Once they decide for some reason that they don't like you, you miss out on so many job opportunities that could be perfect for you. Ten or fifteen years ago I could just look in the paper and if there was a job ad I knew it was probably legit. Afraid those days are gone.
Aug 27, 2009 Solution by original poster
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And by the way, some staffing agencies are a bunch of liars.

For example: over ten years ago, I went to register with a staffing agency in downtown Philadelphia. I did an assignment with them four years earlier. Then all of a sudden, a few weeks later, they tell me that they can't use me anymore because I refused to accept the fact that the assignment was over and that I was escorted out of the buidling. That's a downright and boldface lie! That never ever ever happened! I was only there for one day because they didn't have enough work and I left the buidling on my own; without being escorted out.

They will also call you for jobs that you're not either qualified for or are in questionable areas. When I've gone into these staffing agencies, I tell them just exactly the type of work that I'm looking for and the locations where I want to work at. But no: they don't listen! One of them, Snelling, said that they could no longer use me. Well that's just fine and dandy! Because I have turned down jobs that were either too far out for me or I just didn't feel qualified for them.

Like I said earlier, I'm not wasting my time with any staffing agencies that don't take my skills. I'm going directly to the companies instead.
Aug 27, 2009 Solution by original poster
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I too have been dealing with staffing agencies on and off for the last 25 years. Ten, fifteen, twenty, or even twenty-five years ago, you could just simply call up a staffing agency, make an appointment, go in and register, take all the tests, and they kept you on file no matter what.

Nowadays, they want to see your resume first, and they only call you if there's a suitable opening. They've literally become the human resources departments for these companies. The reason that they ask for resumes first is because they don't want to become bombarded with too many applicants, and they don't want to waste both their time and the applicant's time if "they're not a good fit".

You're right about one thing. They do post phony job ads! For example: last Friday (August 21), I dropped off a copy of my resume at Randstad in downtown Philadelphia, and for months, they have had the same job postings up on their front door. I inquired about one of them, but the girl there said that they were only hiring for licensed insurance agents. I have often asked them if these are actual job openings or is this just a way to generate applicants, and they have said both. I have even given a piece of my mind to some of them, and then they say that they can't use me anymore. I also remember seeing an ad for a customer service position at Careers USA. I went through the entire application and testing process, but then it turned out to be a telemarketing position; a job that I did not want. I gave them a piece of my mind and now they say that they can't use me anymore. Why not? Because I spoke my mind about this.

I've been out of work since early July, and I'm not going to waste my time dealing with any agencies that don't take my skills and experience. I'm better off going directly to the companies.
Aug 27, 2009 Solution by original poster
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Were you aware that recruiters make up phony job listings? That's right. That is exactly what they do. So it only seems that recruiters have all the jobs. They don't. You can find a job on your own, probably faster than you could through a recruiter or placement agency.
Mar 4, 2009 Solution by original poster
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I am a recent college graduate who is looking for employment in accounting or pretty much any related field. All the jobs in the newspaper and job sites are listed through recruiters, such as Robert Half and others. I have tried several of them, but have had no luck. I can't have five years of SAP experience when I am just out of college. I have my master's degree in tax and am a humble person willing to start at entry level. I can't even find that with the recruiters. They just won't place me in a position.
Feb 28, 2009 Solution by original poster
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Look, this is your job to lie about jobs. I have yet to meet a recruiter that had any sense. They all seem so stupid and air headed. I am an accountant which I feel has much more intelligence than you. All you are is a person that sits behind a desk gives some test on the computer and ask about 10 questions, how hard of a job is that to get paid to mislead people?
Feb 20, 2009 Solution by original poster
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I have been to 5 agencies and they all suck! They post jobs or have found your resume on the internet, call you in, and test you for 3 hours (by the way I have no criminal backgroud and test great.) Then, the job you went in for that "they" had you come in for is still in limbo, (they are waiting to hear back from them.) I suppose they get salary plus some commision, I don't see how they make a living being liers!
Feb 20, 2009 Solution by original poster
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Job seekers really need to SLAM the job boards (e-mail them) with complaints about RHI, Office Team, and the other agencies and tell them to stop posting fake ads as it wastes our time and is fraudulent and deceptive. If they get enough complaints, will they change? Maybe not as it's money to them. But it does hurt their credibility.
Jan 17, 2008 Solution by original poster
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RIGHT ON!!! They want everything, even a dependable car.Who's got a dependable car, they all break at one time or another. I laugh at multi-tasking, that is why nothing gets done in the work place. Think about it,... do you find yourself at home doing different things getting interupted and after the day is done you got nothing done. They have made the work place into a non productive nightmare.
Jan 12, 2008 Solution by original poster
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Lol, ignorance is bliss as they say. First off...when you are using a service, you get what you pay for. When you "show up" with sweat pants and your talking on your cell phone don't be surprised when they don't call you. I used to love it when I would recruit someone and their resume was full of half truths. So, you want to avoid services and recruiters altogether good or you. But, you should know...there is a major difference between a "staffing consultant" and a recruiter. You sould ask when approached by one. I real recruiter can change your life, a staffing consultant will put you to work.

And to answer your other point, who would pay someone to collect garbage resumes for "information". Lol, you watch to much CSI. Recruiters get paid for placing people. You probobly bombed the interview and judging by your reaction...they probably were to afraid to tell you. I would have just told you that "you will not representing me, good day"
Sep 16, 2007 Solution by original poster
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A message to all you Job Agencies and so called "recruiters"

You're probably a job agency or "recuiter" that gets paid for every resume you recieve to just waste the time of others!

A MESSAGE TO ALL APPLICANTS!!!
Do not waste your time with any job agencies. It's a joke! They tell you they have all these jobs which they do not! To me that's FALSE ADVERTISEMENT! They are the ones that place ads for the same position about a hundred times a day. There is no need to do that. What the crap are they doing with all the resumes of the "walk-ins" they receive and the ones they've collected months ago? Actually I'll tell you.........they are either selling the applicants personal information to telemarketers or other companies, they are getting paid for every resume they receive, or they are using them to get ideas to fill out their own resume!
Sep 14, 2007 Solution by original poster
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How do you turn around an interview where all the recruiter seems interested in WHY you left your previous jobs and trying to dig up any dirt on relations with former employers? People are all different; just because you had one bad experience with a former boss doesn't mean EVERY job situation will be identical.

They want all the dirt on the job candidate; what about the DIRT on them???
Jul 19, 2007 Solution by original poster
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Right on...I agree with you totally on this..temp agency's could care less!!! A long time ago they were different, they could come out to the job in person to see if everything was going well and was anything needed..brought your checks out to you on Fridays..sent cards of appreciation for good work!!! Those days are longggggggg
gone!!!!
Jun 25, 2007 Solution by original poster
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Yes..I agree with the concept of most on this page that temp services are a waste of your time...I was registered with one that after I had completed an assignment they did not have anything else for us to go to...but upon going to a job fair a couple of days later...lo and behold they were there recruiting people??? When I got in line and came up to the rep which I knew I got a veryyyyyyy red faced person looking back at me!! Go figure!!!
Jun 24, 2007 Solution by original poster
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It is the companies that had high turnovers that used our agencies. Great, stable companies have internal recruiters and don't have a need for your type of service. I'm waiting for the time when these agencies become distinct. What a joke. If our numbers were down, our manager was screaming at us to get on the phones to recruit people for positions that nobody wanted. She didn't care, as long as we got bodies there and the client wouldn't dump our agency.
Jun 8, 2007 Solution by original poster
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I know that this job isn't available - the deadline to apply was last week and they have already selected candidates to interview for the position. The original job posting was directly from the employer and instructed candidates to complete an extensive online application. I know this because I am interviewing for the position this week. Don't waste your time.
Jun 7, 2007 Solution by original poster
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Do not go to JOAT in Waco, TX because they did not help me find a job. I feel that Waco,TX had the worse temp Placement Agencies in the World. And Express Personnel Service will not even return any of my calls for a job and I really do need a job but I cannot get any response from their company. I feel that Mike Elliott and Express Personnel Service has not spent the time to help me look for a job. And I was screw by a bank in Waco, TX month ago on a Network Admin job at Synergy Bank in Waco, TX. And they cancel a interview with me and with a phone message to my mother tell me that they hired their person for the job and I was screw out of that job again. Thank you Waco,TX for nothing again.
Jun 6, 2007 Solution by original poster
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It's reality.

Recruiters place the best people they can come up with, or they place nobody. That's how they're paid. No other way.

There's a shortage of good candidates,companies want the best and can't find them on their own. That's the ONLY reason a company pays a recruiter.

Candidates don't pay recruiters, and they wouldn't get more jobs if they could.

Got the concept? If you're out of work it may be an injustice, or it may be that you're not much good. If you're working it may be because you're good, or it may be an injustice. There's a logic to it.
May 26, 2007 Solution by original poster
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Accountemps and RH must not be getting responses to their phony ads around here. I had a resume posted on Monster and they call me constantly! Thanks to all of your negative comments I know not to give them the time of day. One woman from Accountemps had the audacity to call me and say she had a one day......yes! 1 day assignment that she felt could really benefit my career. HELLO!!???? I have a full time job!!!! Did she honestly think I would jump on a one day assignment to further my career????????? COMPLETE IDIOTS!!! Stay away from them!!
Apr 26, 2007 Solution by original poster
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