The Search Is On

So I’m looking for a job again although it’s nice not having the pressure of not having a job. I’ve looked for many jobs in the eight years I’ve been in the job world and I consider myself somewhat of a professional job seeker by now.

What I’m a little confused about is why most jobs are listed by employment agencies. I’ve worked through those before and I will not go that direction again. It’s one thing if I want a temp thing but this is something permanent.

I remember working through employment agencies before and they were such a ridiculous hassle. You had to fill out stupid time sheets every single week and get them signed by your boss at the place of employment. The health insurance they offered is over the top expensive and not even worth it. On top of that the agency takes part of your commission for doing very little.

I just know that I don’t want to be a receptionist at all and I am not making :coffee: for anyone. I also know I will not work for a law office, I did that once and it was pure hell on earth. I have a lot of experience and want to have a job that is at the level of that.

If anyone has a good suggestion of a good place to look for jobs online I’d love the help. I’ve tried Monster, Bostonworks and a bit of Careerbuilder so far. Must they make the process so complicated :pissed:

  1. crystal

    November 28, 2006 at 10:00 am

    My ex did a temp agency thing once, and it led to a perm job with a bank that he kept for about 4 years, until he faked an email from the district manager that accidentally got sent around the office.

    I, on the other hand, tried it once and it failed dismally. My contact told me on a Thursday that I was pretty much a shoe-in for a temp position with a company, and that she’d contact me on Friday with the details. When I hadn’t heard from her by Friday afternoon, I called and left her a message on her voicemail politely asking her to let me know what the deal was and to call back. I called her again on Monday, and she chewed me out because apparently I was supposed to start the job on Sunday, and that she expected me to be calling her every day, even weekends, to find out what jobs she had available.

    That was the last time I ever worked with an agency. I’m sorry, but if I’m signed up with an agency who is taking a cut of my pay to find me a job, then I expect the agency to do the legwork. I’ve worked with a couple of companies who got my resume off of and send it off to places, but they’re not temp agencies and wouldn’t be getting a cut of my check (probably just a finder’s fee from the hiring place) and nothing has come out of them.

    The best luck I’ve had when it comes to finding jobs is just finding the websites for companies that I’d like to work for and using their “careers” links. Even if they don’t have something listed for your area, chances are good that your resume will end up on someone’s desk who can pass it on to someone who can use you (that’s how I eneded up at both Fleet and Cingular). Newspapers have been the worst for me, since as you said, a lot of it is just agency ads now.

  2. Robin

    November 28, 2006 at 10:08 am

    Crystal – Thanks for that. I had one good experience and maybe I’ll look them up again. I also hate the process a lot of them have where I have to do a typing test and shit.

  3. Leanne

    November 28, 2006 at 11:02 am

    I always used agencies, but never took a job unless it was temp to perm – usually it’s a 90 day “trial period” for the employer. Sort of a win-win, if you don’t like the employer you don’t even have to tell them you’re never coming back. hehe!

    Good luck, I know you’ll find something. 🙂

  4. Sarah

    November 28, 2006 at 11:32 am

    My last job was temp to hire. To their credit, the agency did find me a job in a law office within one day. However… I’d hate to do it again, too. It was nice that you got paid once a week instead of every two, but the hassle you had to go through to get your paycheck was a pain in the butt. Also, I hated the stupid little tests.

  5. Robin

    November 28, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    Leanne – You have a point although I’d have to go without health insurance for all that time too.

    Sarah – It really is a major pain.

  6. Blueyes

    November 28, 2006 at 12:01 pm

    what about local hospitals? they always have jobs open and/or jobs from your house? I do part-time work from home as a transcriptionist.

  7. Maureen

    November 28, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    Have you just looked in the classified of a local paper? Might be a good way of making sure that you find something close to home.

    Good luck!

  8. Barb

    November 28, 2006 at 12:14 pm

    The longest job I ever had (3 years–I’m bipolar, remember? And this was before I was diagnosed. :whistle:) was through a temp-to-perm agency. The temp agencies in Chicago make you fill out time sheets that the employer has to sign every weeek, but there are good temp-to-perm places out there.

    Someone mentioned looking at actual company Web sites, which is also a good idea. Are there any colleges near you? Some schools allow you to take a free class per semester if you work for them, which isn’t a bad deal at all. (Of course, I was in academia, so I’m promoting it! :thumbsup:)

    Brian’s currently looking, and he usually uses Careerbuilder.

  9. Chris

    November 28, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    I’m a fan of employment agencies only because it takes the hassle out of having to actually ‘find’ a job, you can just say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the ones they offer.
    But my mum’s place of work were choosing between two candidates, and they chose the inferior one because they didn’t want to pay the ridiculous employment fees for taking on a temp employee.
    There’s always a downside!

  10. Mr. Fabulous

    November 28, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    Can you get me a cup of coffee hon? :rolleyes:

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