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Review of Career Blazers

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590 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10036

Total time with agency:
1 Day

Wait for first assignment:

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?

Tests given:
Word, Excel, Access, Typing, PowerPoint

Payroll policies:
On-site time sheet pickup:
Direct deposit of payroll checks:
Free check cashing at agency's bank:

Medical insurance:
Dental insurance:
Paid vacation:
Transportation allowance:
Entertainment allowance:
Matching contributions:

It took 7 months of not having at least 14 faxed or emailed resumes or about 20 voicemails (to whomever the receptionist decided to put me into) acknowledged, in response to their constant newspaper ads, before I finally just walked into the place.

After being told by the receptionist that I have to make an appointment (and that I couldn't just make one then and there), I went home and kept calling until I finally hit a "live body" (about a 4-day effort). The woman (who will remain nameless) asked me to fax yet another resume, which I did. After not hearing back from her, a week later I called again (asking for her by name) and inquired whether she got my resume. She responded for me to come in the following Monday with yet another copy of my resume. I arrived and took a typing test and finally met with the woman (who did not even remember asking me to come in (she never scheduled me), until a few minutes of small talk).

She responded that there were no permanent jobs available and that she walked me over to the "temp" department (a group of ladies sitting around in some sort of impromptu meeting) who all stated that no one had any time to speak with me at all that day (it was 12pm). I was then told to go into the room and take Word, Excel, PWRPNT (I threw in Access into the mix). The test itself was amusing as some of the test questions (ie. the Web Toolbar Button - which is the same in the whole MSOffice Suite) would not work for some of the programs (you could press the damn button all day long, as you did for the other three tests, to no effect); in essense, if you wanted to proceed to the next question, you had to choose a wrong answer.

Upon finishing, the receptionist handed me another business card and told me to go home and call the "Temp" side to make yet another appointment, the nameless person wouldn't even come out to see how I scored or to say goodbye.

I went downstairs and called them on my cell to make another appointment. The person who answered the "Temp" phone asked me to email/fax another copy of my resume. I told her that I was just up there five minutes earlier with (the nameless person). The girl stated that she could get a copy from her and hung up (I never did get an appointment) - the girl didn't even know my name! I doubt if I will hear back from her.

On the two-hour ride to go home, what do I read in the paper - yep, how Career Blazers has jobs.

After 15 years in Administration, I don't expect to be treated like royalty or anything; but a little professionalism and respect would be nice (at least remember asking me to come in, for Christ's sake).

The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing over at Career Blazers.



Tue Aug 27 13:02:52 EST 2002

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