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Old 12-01-2014, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Montréal & New York area
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As some of you may know, my son will graduate within next few weeks with a Sociology degree and Minor in General Business; he has many years of experience in retail. He just started working as a recruiter coordinator at a small company with no previous recruting experience. Today was his second day working at the company and he is disappointed by the lack of training; they expect him to search around different systems and websites, and is setting up a phone training of a software next few days. He was expecting them to sit down and train him all day long in depth, rather than asking him "are you OK" and bla and letting him look around the sites they use with no clue. They asked him to bring his own laptop, which I believe is ridiculous and cheap of them not providing him with one especially since the owner is wealthy with previous work he has done and managed multi million dollar companies.

Another big cons is that they offer no benefits at all; no paid vacation/sick days/holidays, no health insurace no nothing. He just get paid for the hours he works (8-4 M-F job) and no real lunch break (but he is allowed to leave the office for short time if wanted, and noticed the other employees left for 20 min and came back and ate at their desk). Is this common at small businesses? It truly suck

He gets paid only $15/h with small bonus (few dollars more than his current retail job!) Yes, he is happy he got a full time job even before graduating, but it feels like this is like another retail job except no work on weekends/nights. He only applied to few jobs and had an interview at a great large company with benefits but offered position to somebody else. He rejected an interview with Enterprise since he just got this job and heard bad reviews working there (long hours, low pay & having to wash cars).

What tips do you have? When should he be lookin for another better paying job with benefits and actual salary? He doesn't even know what holidays the company is closed for.

Please help he feel unhappy and somewhat depressed already!
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Old 12-01-2014, 04:22 PM
 
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The job sounds like crap, but what realistically are his options? He can start looking for a new job, but with a degree in sociology, that is probably all he will end up doing is looking. If he really wants a cushy corporate job, making good money with lavish benefits, he will need to train in a high-demand career, such as finance or information technology or engineering. Sales is a bleak career path wherever you go, particularly because the job has become so difficult in this age of technology. We are living in a time of almost infinite information, and consumers with easy access to information are a salesman's worst nightmare.
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Old 12-01-2014, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Key West, FL
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Unfortunately the career options for Sociology grads are minimal. He can try to find other recruiter jobs, or try for retail management, or look for jobs that don't require a specific degree. Tech support, military, or police officer come to mind, he might also be able to become a teacher, depending on the state (different states have different requirements). Otherwise, going back to school is an option (an MBA could open doors, and a minor in business might let him skip some pre-reqs) or a trade job that provides detailed training like an electrician.
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Old 12-01-2014, 04:26 PM
 
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You have the great benefit of helping eachother out as you guys learn about the industry. Your son is a recruiter coordinator at one company and you are at another. The two different experiences you guys get will give you an edge in learning more quickly.

I think it's great that you two have the exact same job:

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I will start working after getting an offer as a Recruiter Coordinator at a medium-sized company. I never worked as a Recruiter before. What tips and advice do you have for me? Any of you worked as a recruiter?
Just that your son works for a small business and you will work for a medium-sized company.
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Old 12-01-2014, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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I have seen jobs like this in action. It will be tough.

It sounds like they will have him just search job boards all day and try to find reasonably compatible people wo fill open positions. It is a lot like a retail job. It's basically cold-calling sales. He could be selling anything: insurance, etc.

The training will probably consist of how to handle various scenarios, including rejections.

This will be a gut test for him. He will need to be persistent, dedicated, creative and have Teflon skin.

It's gonna be hard, Mom. You seem pretty involved in his business. I think you should let him deal with it.
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Old 12-01-2014, 04:44 PM
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search job boards all day and try to find reasonably compatible people to fill open positions.

Exactly. One of my nieces just quit a job like described above. She was expected to search LinkedIn all day long, and had a ridiculous quota (I think it was having to find 50 people each day). She got fed up and quit after a couple of weeks. The pay was only $11/hr, in a major metro area of the Southeast.

OP - tell your son to keep looking for other jobs while he's working. From what you described, the company is cheap and doesn't value its employees. He should bail out as soon as he can.
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:49 PM
 
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Welcome to the real world...

I would never bring in my own laptop, I'd probably have said I don't have one lol.

Yes he should always look for a better job, not sure what he planned on doing with his degree though?
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Old 12-01-2014, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Montréal & New York area
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Unfortunately the career options for Sociology grads are minimal. He can try to find other recruiter jobs, or try for retail management, or look for jobs that don't require a specific degree. Tech support, military, or police officer come to mind, he might also be able to become a teacher, depending on the state (different states have different requirements). Otherwise, going back to school is an option (an MBA could open doors, and a minor in business might let him skip some pre-reqs) or a trade job that provides detailed training like an electrician.
What are those that is M to F jobs?
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Old 12-01-2014, 08:33 PM
 
Location: GA
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CUT THE CORD, MOM!!!!! You're too involved!
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Old 12-01-2014, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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[i]search job boards all day and try to find reasonably compatible people to fill open positions.
Thanks for correcting my typo!!

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