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Forum Post: " The Hell with Employment Agencies"

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 20, 2011, 4:50 p.m. EST by far2wrld (53)
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More and more temp job agencies are jumpping the band wagon due to the excuse of current economic conditons fueling low paying jobs and no job security. Temp job agencies are demanding to much from people and offer nothing in return for eduction and work experience etc.They make you fill out an application to start, asking for a high school diploma/GED, and/or community college/university education,then conduct a work history check, a criminal background check including minor infractions like traffic tickets and other misdemeanors. Then they do a credit check to see if you are a responsible person.After all this they make you take an I.Q Test,then they make you sign all sorts of papper work realesing all kinds of personnel information such as medical records etc. Then when all is done they get you a job that pays minimum or slightly higher with no benefits or job security. The bottom line is they look for high quality canidates for pityful jobs. The wages should reflect the quality of the appilicant but they seem to override this part.Only the agencies and the comapanies your sent to have the profit gains. And use the excuse of current economic conditions to use cheap labor as much as they can. Due to this exploitation of the common worker they destroy stable job opportunities in this nation on a daily basis making the unempolyment problem even bigger.
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[-] 1 points by wellhungjury (296) 12 years ago

Supply and demand. Low demand for work and a high supply of workers. It makes sense that a potential employer would want the best of the best that they can afford. If you don't like it, become more valuable or start your own business. I did both and though it is tough and slow, I pay my bills and look forward to a better day. Someday, I hope to be making enough to hire someone and I hope to pay them well and we both can make money. They will just have to be as hardworking and positive as I am...good luck.

[-] 1 points by Perspective (-243) 12 years ago

Well said. My current employment contract has been cancelled as of Dec. 31. When they called my previous employer to see about getting training on the systems I maintain my old boss found out. He called me up and I'll be going back to work for him with over $1.50 hr pay RAISE. As you said I made myself valuable to him by taking good care of my customers and all my hours each week were billable.I've told both my sons the more skills they have the more they have to offer employers.

[-] 1 points by gestopomillyy (1695) 12 years ago

this has been a practice since the 80's you just now notice this? this began during the depression in the 80's when reagan said " i dont believe there is a recession"

[-] 1 points by ithink (761) from York, PA 12 years ago

I agree.. while it is not a bad idea for someone looking for a start, there is absolutely no job security for someone with experience in these big employment agency firms. That being said, I have seen people successfully use headhunters (usually self employed or small staffed) for very specific fields and experience levels.

[-] 2 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 12 years ago

Temp agencies are not for job security. Career job positions bring job security, and a job at a temp agency is a foot in the door, not a career job. And headhunters are for people with rare and valuable job skills, not for temps.

The solution to the problem of being treated like chattel is to develop marketable job skills. If you find yourself working for a temp agency then your career has gone astray at some point.

[-] 1 points by ithink (761) from York, PA 12 years ago

That is what I said, or tried to say.. at any rate, we agree. But not everyone knows or realizes this.

[-] 1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 12 years ago

Temp agencies cause unemployment? I don't follow your logic but I'm pretty interested to hear more.

[-] 1 points by far2wrld (53) 12 years ago

Temp agncies are not the cause of unemployment in this nation but are a very large factor for the unemployed ,making it a trend that shrinks stable job opportunities in companies that have the power to offer stable jobs but see profit gains in temporary job hireing. Hindering the common person from making long term purchases and falling behind payments.

[-] 1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 12 years ago

I'm trying really hard to follow your logic. If a company uses ten temps instead of hiring five full-time people, then how does that contribute to unemployment? Isn't that five people in jobs who wouldn't have been in jobs if the company had hired give full-timers and not used temps at all?

If "the common person" means people who work for temp agencies, then wouldn't it be a lot harder for those common people to get jobs if it weren't for the temp agencies? We're talking about people who don't have the job skills to apply for career jobs? Temp agencies help those people.

I get the feeling that your objection to temp agencies actually comes from the temp agency making a profit off of its employees?

[-] 0 points by Perspective (-243) 12 years ago

Temp agencies got me work in between jobs in my younger days. I did a lot of interesting things from sweeping the road in Woodland cemetary with a push broom to emptying cans in a trash truck. I admit the pay wasn't great but it put food on the table till I found a full time job. Also no one forced me to accept any assignments from them.

[-] 0 points by NewEnglandPatriot (916) from Dartmouth, MA 12 years ago

The high quality candidates they select , take lower and lower pay which lowers the playing field for everyone. For example if someone with masters in engineering takes a 50K/yr job, then the scale is lowered for any education below that level. The latest I heard was that Adecco is not hiring anyone unless they are currently employed, which lowers the unemployed chances of gaining employment through this system - period...

[-] 1 points by far2wrld (53) 12 years ago

Its time for action, more and more people should stop using these job agencies.Ive heard this same thing to. Theres another one liner they use ......If you havent been employed for the past six months in a year, dont bother applying for a job with us! WTF is that all about.

[-] 0 points by NewEnglandPatriot (916) from Dartmouth, MA 12 years ago

Yep, and credit reports are used to weed out. My credit was 849, until I took a few dents these past few months. Now I will not get the income I am capable of earning - they determine credit as responsibility. I lost my job in 2008,through no fault of my own, and paid my bills/mortgage on time for 3 yrs 3 months. after losing job. I regained temp employment, and had to use credit to sustain. I paid it all off in 2010, and got back on track, only to lose another temp job and back on credit (was 0% for two years starting in 2011) as cushion after exhausting my savings. I was living well below my means. I would have sold the house to get out, but at a severe loss and tax implications for short sale. My last employer I subcontracted to was not paying me in timely manner. I fell behind on my home and cards, they jacked interest & fees, lowered limits to just above what was owed as I was not even close to max, caused over limit, more fees and I threw my hands up in the air. Oh well, I would have never dreamed of filing bankruptcy - they forced me into the corner. I used the system as best as I could, in an honest way and never screwed anybody. I gave it my best shot, the economic situation was not my fault, and the fact I can't replace my job/income is not either. Skilled mind will be working at minimum wage, several jobs no end in sight....I will do my best.