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Review of Select Advantage

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11 East 44th Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 599-0660

Total time with agency:
4 months

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It is the recession of 2003 and agencies no longer care about their own image and how they treat applicants. I responded to an on-line ad in the New York Times placed by Select Advantage. Jenny Mack is usually listed as the contact there, but as she was unavailable an S.J. Caruana contacted me. Glowing reports about a possible job and the temp assignments they also had led me to expend precious time and money to go and register with them.

After filling out all of these applications he spent exactly 5 minutes talking to me. And that was it! No computer testing, and very little detailed info about a "showroom" position he was screening applicants for. He never responded to my phone calls regarding what happened to my resume after he faxed it.

I wasted $4 in train fare, drycleaning money for my suit, $1.00 for resume copies and other miscellaneous money for phone calls home and lunch out.

It's a nasty economy and temp and f/t employment agencies are wanting applicants to keep up a pre-9/11 attitude that job search is the all and all and your image and manners count. Be enthusiastic! Let us know you care!

Well what about the other side? Agencies and their clients are fast turning into the meanest sorts out to demean and not give a hoot about the working person. Well guess what? Your image is so low even after the recession is over workers perception of agencies and their clients will never improve. Shame on your bad image. And lack of manners and consideration.

Katie Stevens


Sun Jul 27 05:01:50 EST 2003

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