Contractor Among Contractors
I live on CUK
I've had to do it when over enthusiastic agents text and email me repeatedly for perm jobs in random areas of the country.
"You’re just a bad memory who doesn’t know when to go away" JR
It sounded so much like a scam, so I thought I'd check here! I just had to join & post to say thanks to confirming my suspicions.
And, to add to the evidence, I've just had a follow up e-mail. Nothing about representing me for the "contract" that I'd applied for - it was just to request the references!
Oh, and I just googled the first sentence of the job description & ended up finding the whole thing had been lifted, word-for-word, from an advert on Linkedin for a permie position based in Belgrade. Funnily enough, the job's disappeared from Jobserve. Cheeky buggers.
Nigel Frank are well known for it. Absolute waste of time.
The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn't exist
Seems to be a lot of this references crap around at the moment. I guess market us a little bit quiet just before start of new financial year.
I guess you can't blame the agents for trying. Submit someone and it comes to nothing and its nothing gained. But get a few contacts off them and its a bonus.
Best one I ever had (before I stopped doing it) was this who literally swore on his mothers life he wouldn't abuse it. Literally, 5 mins later he phoned client manager (whilst I sat next to him), didn't even mention me and started off how he'd heard he might need a contractor. Unbelievable.
Luckily, the client manager was on board and thought it was funny. Lets just say that particular agency didn't create a good impression with the client.
Rhyddid i lofnod psychocandy!!!!
However there are several agencies who are just as bad in terms of asking for references up front, as soon as I am asked that by any agency I say no, you can tell from their reaction straight away whether they are genuine or lead hunting.