For the avid readers of my blog you know how much I dislike temp agencies. From their deceptive advertising on job board to their attitudes. My fiance has been looking for a job for several months she tries to stay away from temp agencies but some of the postings that these agencies make are very deceptive. They act like they are the client company so people will apply. Then once they receive resumes they call people up and get them in for an interview. Then they will most likely tell you that the position they posted was already "filled" but they have other stuff available. The stuff that they have available is nothing like what you originally applied for. This is just one big scam for these recruiters to meet their quota.
The receptionists that work for these agencies are usually bottom of the barrel people. They are trained to say that these recruiters "just stepped out" when people who have met with them before are checking in trying to get some work. I got a temp job through an agency once and when I called to speak with my recruiter you wouldn't believe the amount of screening questions this receptionist asked me. Then when I looked up this place on the web it turns out that they were asking all these questions for a reason. For people that they are not able to find a job for the recruiters are always not available. I guess if you have a current assignment they are able to speak with you. If you don't they don't want anything to do with you.
My experience with temp agencies went all the way back to 2004. I worked for this company trying to get my foot in the door called Pomerantz Staffing (now called CoWorx Staffing). I will admit, this temp agency did find me an assignment fast. It was in a plastics manufacturing facility.
Now the recruiters will probably say that its the job market right now that's bad. However, when you positions on job boards that were filled and try to get people to sign up with you anyways that's really shitty. People are out there looking for jobs and have better things to do then fill out a 10 page application for a temp agency that most likely will not help them out. From what I am told TPI Staffing Group is like that. I heard that Masiello Employment Group is good but from my first hand experience with them they were useless.
The Leddy Group is complete crap. I applied for a position back in 2007 for a company called Centronics. I was contacted by Leddy Group saying that the company uses them to hire so I had to go through them if I wanted the position. I went in for an interview and they put me through all this qualification crap. Then I went back and they told me that they were going to put me on board with them and help me find a job. They said that Centronics wants people with experience so basically there was a good chance that they wouldn't hire me. The Leddy Group would call me almost daily with new opportunities. First off, I specifically asked for temp to hire. All of the jobs that they called me about were only temp. They would get mad at me if I denied an assignment even though they were calling me for jobs that I clearly did not want. I finally had enough of them so I told them I was no longer in the market.
The worst temp agency I ever dealt with was Balance Staffing located in Salem NH. I applied for a job on Craigslist and got a call from them. They said that this position was beginning immediately and it was a temp-hire job. So I went in for an interview the same day. I get there and I am waiting in the waiting room for the recruiter to come and get me. I am sitting there and all of a sudden I hear this worker slam the phone down and yell out "WHAT THE FUCK"! She starts bitching about a person looking for a job keeps calling her up. Then another person calls in and the recruiter who I am going to be speaking with tells her that there is nothing available for her at the time. She gets off the phone with her and starts talking shit about her with everyone. Saying that she's fed up with her because she keeps calling in even though she failed a drug test and that places can't use her because of her intellectual skills. Clearly I wanted nothing to do with this place so I never followed up with them on this job.
All in all temp agencies are nothing but a waste of time. Unless you want these 1-2 week assignments stay away from them. The unprofessionalism of these places is unbelievable. The deception that these recruiters use just so they can meet their quota is horrible.