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Old 11-05-2009, 12:35 PM
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Hi I'm looking for an employment search firm in Greenville, SC. After I was laid off last December I tried looking for work myself but wasn't successful, so I moved to Dallas. I found a job but it's not going very well and Texas is so dang hot I'm miserable (it's either hot outside or hot inside!)

I would like to move back to Greenville but this time I want a professional to help me out. Otherwise I will again be unemployed for a long time which would make the move pointless.

There are lots of search firms, or staffing agencies, etc., but what I'm really looking for is to AVOID search firms that are unethical, say whatever you want to hear to make you happy and raise your hopes, and take your money up front and keep it for themselves.

I almost got suckered into that when I moved to Dallas. GLD search is one of those types of places. I almost forked over $900 for them to find a job for me before someone warned me that they are a scam.

Obviously, if I see a "GLD search firm" in Greenville I will avoid them like the plague. However, I doubt they are the only one.

I don't mind paying up front for ethical and genuine assistance but I don't want to get ripped off. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 11-05-2009, 12:52 PM
 
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Never ever pay someone to find you a job. Legitimate staffing agencies get their money from the employer, not the employee.
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Old 11-05-2009, 01:14 PM
 
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Never ever pay someone to find you a job. Legitimate staffing agencies get their money from the employer, not the employee.
Ditto!
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Old 11-05-2009, 02:16 PM
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OK that's good to know. Are there any search firms that do that? That way I can immediately knock them off my list. I did a google search and there are quite a few in Greenville.
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Old 11-05-2009, 05:40 PM
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why the change of heart?
I was in a really bad mood. I was shafted by my previous employer, who kept the locals and got rid of the imports. All they had to do was cut my pay down to the local prevailing wage and I would have been happy to keep my job.

Anyway, that's water under the bridge. Back to the topic at hand, do you have suggestions for search firms, good to contact, and bad to stay away from?
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Old 11-05-2009, 05:56 PM
 
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I was in a really bad mood. I was shafted by my previous employer, who kept the locals and got rid of the imports. All they had to do was cut my pay down to the local prevailing wage and I would have been happy to keep my job.

Anyway, that's water under the bridge. Back to the topic at hand, do you have suggestions for search firms, good to contact, and bad to stay away from?
I wish I could help, sorry, i'm not in the market for a new job...yet, I will be probably within the next year or 2, what sort of jobs are you looking for? Oh and BTW I wasn't trying to slam you, I just saw your name and immediately remembered you from a much earlier thread, so I was curious.
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Old 11-05-2009, 06:09 PM
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I wish I could help, sorry, i'm not in the market for a new job...yet, I will be probably within the next year or 2, what sort of jobs are you looking for? Oh and BTW I wasn't trying to slam you, I just saw your name and immediately remembered you from a much earlier thread, so I was curious.
financial analyst (e.g., banking, insurance, consulting) -- something between bank teller or billing clerk, and management or consultant
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:30 PM
 
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What happened to you in Greenville is almost identical to what happened to me. I was laid off too and spent a lot of months looking for work in Greenville. I went from one employment agency to another hoping that they not only had some employers who were hiring but was hoping that they had something decent paying. The experiences I had with the staffing agencies in Greenville went from them being in shock after seeing my paystub (how much I made on the last job that I had transferred from NYC) from my previous employer to them telling me that they had no jobs available. I became tired of being offered $9.00 an hour jobs so I left and went back to NYC where I am now working in spite of the recession. Because of it's small population, low cost of living and the limited job opportunities SC has always been a low wage state.....which is what attracts some companies to locate there. The best way to enjoy SC is either 1) be retired and not have to worry about working or 2) have a bank account full of money.

If there is no threat to your job such as a layoff would be better for you to stay in Texas rather then going back to Greenville and risking finding yourself in the same situation.
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Old 11-06-2009, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Taylors, SC
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Robert Half International deals specifically with finance and professional jobs/careers. They're legitimate; I don't know how big their presence is here in Greenville though.
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:12 PM
 
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NewYorkBorn, why do you keep posting the same posts over and over again in different threads?
my thoughts exactly!
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