Shelley Worthington
about 1 year ago
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Now unemployed :-(

I was looking at jobs through a staffing agency, and had two interviews for a customer service position. The staffing agency called me with a job offer, and said, they like you so much, they are creating a position for you, with plans of promoting you to management in a year or so. I was thrilled, and gave my 2 week notice. When I went to the company, I was offered an accounting job, which had been posted for a long time. No mention of any future in management. I was told the pay would be less than what I was told for the customer service position, and would have a lot more responsibilities. I have never worked with a staffing agency before. Is this common to have a bait and switch??

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jay girl
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How are you unemployed?

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Mark Koenig
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That is really a poor business technique. Remember, the staffing agents or recruiters are basic sales people. They do get a commission or fee for placing you in a job. If you accepted the gig and later quite, please do not expect much sympathy for being unemployed because now it sounds like you quit two jobs in the same week. That is hard to recover from, and you may have burned the recruiting agency.

Perhaps somewhere in the fine print they told the truth, but please keep in mind - recruiters need bodies to place in jobs in order for them to justify their existence. I bet it is tempting to mislead people to make the sales quota.

As a lesson learned and one for all to take heart with : Always negotiate and get a written contract that you FULLY read and FULLY understand, so there are no surprises .

When I speak to recruiters, I know they will eventually ask about compensation. It is part of their checklist to vet candidates for jobs. They have a list of requirements presented to them by the employer. They need to show that YOU are fit for the job.

I always indicate that my compensation needs to reflect the expected level of work and responsibility.

I also explain my needs beyond compensation, such as flexible hours, remote work, general benefits and I also try to negotiate a severance deal upfront (which is usually awkward) but I try all the same.

Good luck in your new accounting gig? :)

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vicki Williams
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Shelley:

Be careful in the future with staffing agencies. They lie like its a way of life. They seem to have to may quota like police with tickets. Never give two weeks' notice unless you have something set in stone. In the meantime just keep looking for your dream job.

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Jennifer DeKenipp
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Yes, I had a similar experience, i was told they loved me so much and then I was offered lower pay and a totally different position

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Nathan Smith
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Yes its common amongst those agencies to do that but as a way of protecting yourself in the future always get it in writing as proof in the mail from the agency so to hold them accountable and wait till that day comes before giving notice. Its best to give a notice so to look good for future employment but I look at it as you're firing them. They never give anyone a notice when firing

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Dainton Drummond
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Never trust them staffing agency. They will tell you anything to get you to show up in front of the customer.

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Billie Eubanks Smith
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ABSOLUTELY NOT! I’ve seen them try this prior to hire, meaning after the interview but BEFORE you start, they will tell you the position is different and give you the opportunity to say yea or nay. I’m very disappointed this happened to you. Especially after quitting another job. This staffing agency is irresponsible.

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Darneece Murphy
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Wow. I went to a local temp agency. They were rude and kept telling me o was overqualified. I'm still discouraged after this visit and still no job leads

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Dana Stone
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Yes it is. It is a common practice because the temporary agency receives hourly compensation for your time. For example, I get paid 19.50 per hour, but the temp agency charges 33 per hour. This is why it has been difficult for me to find a permanent job.

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linda carmack
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To my knowledge a staffing agency is typically a temp service...Maybe next time u can get more clarification of what the job entails...When in doubt....Ask questions....And hopefully the person ur asking has the correct answer...

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