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I entirely agree Dave,

here in the UK Recruitment agencies are unfortunately a waste of time but then only way to get a job even warehousing, I am working for a second time for the same company and had to come through the agency both times, luckily I'm now permanent. My experiences with agencies was hair rasiing with their incompetence and lack of knowledge of doing their jobs: matching me up to a job i could do. apparantly every time I went into one they "learnt something new about me" what ??? what did I give them my flipping CV for !!! and yes EVERYTHING was on it. oh well
« Last Edit: December 13, 2009, 09:30:31 pm by Simon »
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Re: EEVblog #47 – Recruitment Consultants Suck, and Engineering Evil
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2009, 09:25:14 pm »
I agree.

I keep getting emails for a mechanical engineer's position which I ignore.
 

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Re: EEVblog #47 – Recruitment Consultants Suck, and Engineering Evil
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2010, 06:43:43 pm »
Never trust recruiters, I ended up getting to be friends with a recruiter that had placed me. I'd mentioned to him that i was unhappy at my new place (which ended up just being unhappy with personal life and i stayed on), two minutes after i finished talking to him, he called my immediate boss and told him i was planning to leave and offered potential replacements.
 

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Re: EEVblog #47 – Recruitment Consultants Suck, and Engineering Evil
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2010, 06:56:10 pm »
they exist purely to make money and are basically taking advantage of the disorganised mess that society is in. few of them can really appreciate your skills and I've never had an accurate description from any of them for the job I was going to do, the job I'm doing now sounded more like the store man than the quality inspector when they explained it. luckily i had already worked for the company a few months earlier and as soon as I went to talk to them and they told me who i was replacing i knew what it was about.

The costs they charge companies are also ludocrous, few agency workers are given more than the national minimum wage and in the UK thats starvation pay not even enough to pay rent with - oh but then you can't rent a house these days in the UK if you are an agency worker, the world of work goes through agencies but working for an agency counts as being practically unemployed if your trying to do something that involves financial comitment your at a loose end, no loans, no mortage and no renting a house.

the only reason why I fitted well into my current job was because I knew the company already and the company knew me and what I could do and decided to give me a chance, they rang the agency and asked for me specificly, otherwise I'd still be on and agency in a warehouse packing stuff.
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Re: EEVblog #47 – Recruitment Consultants Suck, and Engineering Evil
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2013, 09:17:07 pm »
Trying to catch up on the blog...and yeah, I got warned (that 120 days since last post on this thread). But no reason to start a new thread.

Guess what: Tektronix (of all) need you to register in order to get a user's manual! And just a few days later I got an email from some Tek guy telling me he had tried to call me on the job, but luckily I seem to have registered the wrong number 8)

Sometimes I have to give in and register anyway to get a document that I really want, but usually I choose the same path as Dave: select another brand. In this particular case I wasn't even considering buying anything.

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Re: EEVblog #47 – Recruitment Consultants Suck, and Engineering Evil
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2013, 09:41:34 pm »
Enough of those manuals available without registration..........
 

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Re: EEVblog #47 – Recruitment Consultants Suck, and Engineering Evil
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2013, 10:44:43 pm »
if i get contacted by headhunters my first question is :
How will this job improve the quality of my life ? Will i work fewer hours for more money ? Will i have less stress ? Will i get to do more of the things i want to explore ? Will the job be in Hawaii , Fiji, Tahiti , closeby the great barrier reef or some other tropical place ?

See, i'm happy with my current job. the only compelling reason to leave it would be if it takes me to an awesome place like fiji or Tahiti or Somewhere i could go diving warm tropical waters every weekend. At the same time i want it to be high tech with all the comforts that Silicon Valley offers work-wise.

That baffles headhunters so much they hang up...
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