Well it’s the start of a new working week and you know what that means; the start of looking for more work. Pointlessly calling the job agencies to see if they have anything only to be told that they’ll let me know when I am almost certain that they won’t.
While a lot of my jobs have been temping roles I’m quite surprised how I even get these jobs. If there’s one thing that annoys me more than applying for a shed load of jobs and not hearing anything back for any of them is signing up to an agency and then being blatantly ignored.
Naturally it’s in the agencies best interest to find you work because they only get paid when you get paid. Unless you’re a “new age” agency and you demand money first!
Everytime I phone the same select agencies that are in my area they always say, “Are you registered with us.” and I always say, “Yes.” which in turn they always say, “Who did you register with?” and that leads me to reply with, “You.”
I’m sure it’s a difficult job trying to find everyone a job, you’re bound to forget people. But seriously, the same woman asked me 8 or 9 times once who I’d registered with. I’d been in to see her face to face, over the phone. I’m sure after I’ve seen someone 8 or 9 times I would at least remember their bloody face.
I hate registering for agencies, it takes me about an hour to fill out the application form because they want to know every single job I’ve had and every single start and end date. Well I’ve had plenty of jobs and I’m thinking the next time I register just put a few of them down, I’m sure they don’t even check it anyway. In fact I’m pretty sure once you’ve filled out the registration form it goes straight in the bin and your name is forgotten about before you even exit the door.
There’s one of the agencies in the town centre called Thorn Baker. Recently they were advertising a number of Production Operative roles on the Job Centre website. Should they not be calling their existing members first? Regardless, I called the agency about them and all I got off the annoying idiotic Scottish receptionist was;
“Oh he’s on lunch at the moment.”
“What at half past three?” I’d reply.
I think this is their stock excuse, “Just tell everyone I’m on lunch.” This other agency I was signed up to, the woman was on “lunch” for about 3 hours. No wonder she was the size of a whale. So I gave her my name and number and she assured me I’d be called back once he’s back from “lunch”.
As you can guess I never got called back, so I e-mailed him directly about the job openings. Didn’t get an e-mail back either! That’s just rude, he’d have checked his e-mails. Saw mine in the inbox, read it and blatantly ignored it. What an absolute prick. I know the general type of people that work for agencies are retards so I hope he gets a bad rep for sending idiots down. When you have actual people with an actual IQ (though mines probably diminished since the head injury) looking for work you should favour these people.
I guess this week I’ll take the old approach of constantly hammering them asking for work and don’t let them go until they find me something.
My sister-in-laws mate used to work for an agency and she’d always say how working for an agency is hard work, trying to find people jobs all the time. Yeah? Well your job would probably be a whole lot easier if you weren’t high on crack all the time.
How do these people even get work anyway? Let me work in an agency. At least I’d remember your name.
Even the Toyota job is through an agency, though I think you get taken on permanent if you actually get the job, I think Blue Arrow are just doing the recruiting.
Another job idea I had as well as getting a HGV license was getting my SIA license and becoming a security guard or something along the lines of that. Getting a shiney badge, a hat and a torch. I’d be well sick at that.