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Old 07-08-2013, 04:56 PM
 
Location: PHL
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Change the strategy a bit. Obviously the staffing firms are not working for you. I would suggest that the only course of action and keep checking up on the agencies which you have already applied to already. Then revise your resume to something that makes you look "employable" then apply directly to the companies from now on.

Gaps on resume is like a cavity on teeth, unfortunately. fill it in with something! Some may disagree but what more can a person do? Either adapt or get left behind is how I look at it.


Good luck to you!
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Invent a fake job to fill the gap. Try using a bankrupt company.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Invent a fake job to fill the gap. Try using a bankrupt company.
but, there is not really a gap - my employment history is been solid since 1996. I stay at jobs for several years, some companies got bought out so I left, others were long term contract jobs that I left for perm jobs.
The gap that he is referring too is that I been unemployed since the end of November of 2012
I don't think that's that long, so why should I make up a fake job ....
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Change the strategy a bit. Obviously the staffing firms are not working for you. I would suggest that the only course of action and keep checking up on the agencies which you have already applied to already. Then revise your resume to something that makes you look "employable" then apply directly to the companies from now on.

Gaps on resume is like a cavity on teeth, unfortunately. fill it in with something! Some may disagree but what more can a person do? Either adapt or get left behind is how I look at it.


Good luck to you!
Actually that's what I been doing - I been applying to companies directly. They do call me, and I been interviewing.. etc. but I guess there is to many people applying for the same job.
I came very close last week on landing a job at a major car rental company, it was a perm job... I was in the final 3. Went back for second round of interviews, went very well..... they picked the other candidate. Oh well
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Boston
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For once I have good news to report about the staffing agencies.
I did land 2 job interviews this week thru agencies. The agencies were out of state, and the 2 guys that I talked to were very nice. They did not ask for references up front but they did get me interviews at a major investment firm and the other one got me an interview for a position with the government. So there is hope with the staffing agencies
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Good job. When agencies have had real job they wanted to fill they were never shy about calling and emailing me despite my not having given them references up front or going to one of their stupid soft interviews. When they start asking you to stop by their office and give references with no job on the table they are just jerking you around and trolling for your contacts.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:08 AM
 
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I work in the IT industry for the last 15 years, doing Technical/IT Support. My resume is solid and so is my work history.
Currently I am unemployed since November, looking for a job etc.
My resume is posted everywhere from Monster to Indeed to CareerBuilder. I get a lot of calls and emails regarding my resume etc. most of them from consulting firms/staffing firms.
Yesterday another well known IT Consulting Firm called me, went over my resume from top to bottom told me about potential opportunities blaabla, they also asked me odd questions about my former jobs/ companies who the managers are, interviews I had etc.
Ok the recruiter said, let me email you the info etc. Good bye.
I NEVER heard back from them, infact this is the second person from this consulting firm that is doing that to me.
I also had a couple other firms do similar things... and then I never heard back from them. Is this normal ? Do they just make random calls ? Are they calling just to meet their numbers ? Are they really a waste of time ?
YES.

What I usually get is excitement and interest over my resume, education and skills, invited to the interview, and then when I show up, every reaction from shock to rolling the eyes to jaw-drop that I'm not WHITE. And then the hemming and hawing and the "thanks for stopping by" interview that only educated minorities get. I guess now in this economy (this has been happening to me since the 90's) that white people are getting this treatment too, and sometimes after a phone interview in which they can't tell your skin color, now it's starting to be a "problem" in society. Welcome to the Rez. Welcome to the world of the Native American/Black/sometimes Latino. Nowadays the job market is doing the same thing to Whites that it has historically reserved for only Minorities. How do you like "our world" so far - sucks, doesn't it? I've been treated like that MY ENTIRE ADULT LIFE.
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Old 08-08-2013, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Boston
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YES.

What I usually get is excitement and interest over my resume, education and skills, invited to the interview, and then when I show up, every reaction from shock to rolling the eyes to jaw-drop that I'm not WHITE. And then the hemming and hawing and the "thanks for stopping by" interview that only educated minorities get. I guess now in this economy (this has been happening to me since the 90's) that white people are getting this treatment too, and sometimes after a phone interview in which they can't tell your skin color, now it's starting to be a "problem" in society. Welcome to the Rez. Welcome to the world of the Native American/Black/sometimes Latino. Nowadays the job market is doing the same thing to Whites that it has historically reserved for only Minorities. How do you like "our world" so far - sucks, doesn't it? I've been treated like that MY ENTIRE ADULT LIFE.
I am sorry you feel this way but I think skin color does not have anything to do with this.
If you can do the job, its does not matter who and what you are.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Metro NYC
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I work in the IT industry for the last 15 years, doing Technical/IT Support. My resume is solid and so is my work history.
Currently I am unemployed since November, looking for a job etc.
My resume is posted everywhere from Monster to Indeed to CareerBuilder. I get a lot of calls and emails regarding my resume etc. most of them from consulting firms/staffing firms.
Yesterday another well known IT Consulting Firm called me, went over my resume from top to bottom told me about potential opportunities blaabla, they also asked me odd questions about my former jobs/ companies who the managers are, interviews I had etc.
Ok the recruiter said, let me email you the info etc. Good bye.
I NEVER heard back from them, infact this is the second person from this consulting firm that is doing that to me.
I also had a couple other firms do similar things... and then I never heard back from them. Is this normal ? Do they just make random calls ? Are they calling just to meet their numbers ? Are they really a waste of time ?
It's most likely one of 2 things: the recruiter is pumping you for contact information at prior employers in order to drum up business for his agency there. The other is an anticipated need at a client. They stockpile resumes of potential candidates should the requisitions be approved and funded. Neither scenario does the candidate any good. A couple of years ago, I was working a contract job for a telecomm company. Another one of the contractors used to do phone screens for her agency after hours. Sometimes she would interview 25 - 30 people in the course of a month; NONE of the people she interviewed were even submitted to the client let alone interviewed or hired by the client.
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Does anyone have experience with Randstad Staffing?
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