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Review of Core Staffing

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, NY

Total time with agency:
6 Months

Wait for first assignment:
4 Days

Average wait between assignments:

Last five jobs:
Job Title Length Client Hourly Wage Typical of agency?
Secretary/WP 4 Months 12

Tests given:
MS Word, Excel

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

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Fairly easy Word and Excel test and a quick interview with someone who I was told would be my job counselor and I never heard from this person again. Got contacted by another counselor right away and got a good position (free lunch) that lasted about 3 1/2 months.

After that job ended, I was contacted several times by several different counselors about jobs in a field that I had specifically told them I was not interested in working in as it involved my former career and I wanted nothing to do with that. Since then, I haven't heard from them in two months.

While initially very professional and helpful, I quickly realized that they didn't keep a good database of what their temps could do. I was either offered jobs I wasn't qualified for, or jobs that I had told them in the initial interview I did not want. Calls or e-mails were eventually met with responses such as "We'll be in touch."

This is a decent agency, but they make you do most of the footwork. It seems if you want to work regularly with them, you have to call them a few times a day and then do the follow up with the potential employer yourself. They'll give you a good job when you first sign up, and then they get lazy.



Tue Sep 14 04:39:45 EST 2004

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