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Beware Of Disreputable Construction Staffing Companies
By Howard Watkin, Sat Dec 17th
Recently I have heard several horror stories about constructionstaffing companies.
From the employers point staffing companies can save valuabletime in recruiting for shut down or fast track projects. It alsoalleviates the problem of added payroll and personnel task. Onthe other hand a less than reputable company may do you moreharm than good. Many of them are poorly qualified to screenemployees. Their screening skills are limited to recognizing afew buzzwords and popular companies. Many of them intentionallydeceive potential employees and misrepresent your intent.
If the employees are disgruntled with the staffing company theymay not give you the best performance or even stay until thecompletion of your project. It could result in a bad reflectionon your company from your clients experience and may even makeit difficult for you to recruit good employees in the future.
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For the employee a reputable staffing company can save a lot ofprecious time and resources in the constant quest for rewardingprojects. One thing you must remember is that these companiesrepresent the employer and see you as only a resource. They
arenot your personal agent. Before signing onboard with any of thestaffing companies you should ask a lot of questions and getfirm commitments. A lot of problems come from misunderstandingsand blatant deceit.
Common problems are late or misplaced checks, faultyaccommodations, misunderstanding about project duration, workhours, per-diem travel pay, front money and salary. There arealso numerous reports of unexpected deductions and overchargesfor lodging. Beware of any recruiter who recommends a thirdparty to spruce up your resume. This is always a scam.
Many staffing companies do not have the necessarycapital or client base to do the best job for you as an employeror employee. Too many of them are just one or two personoperations. Some of them seem to only have a handful of clients.Others seem to just read the same help wanted ads that we read.
Some staffing companies advertise for jobs that do not exist forthe purpose of gathering data. From your resume they find outexactly whom you worked for and how much you were paid. They cannow add your former employer to the list of companies to canvasusing the information gleaned from your resume. They get salesleads, you get zip.
Before going out on a limb with any of these companies be sureto investigate thoroughly. Get recommendations fromacquaintances that have had good experiences with them. Contactthe client to get the real lowdown about the project. A goodcompany will have no secrets in this respect.
Last but not least spread the word about the GOOD THE BAD ANDTHE UGLY
About the author:Howard Watkins is the webmaster and editor of brassmein.com. TheConstruction professional's information source.