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Old 05-25-2012, 10:24 PM
Win Place Show Win Place Show is offline
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are there still professional 'headhunter' agencies that require the hired-employee to pay their fee?

Many moons ago, searching for my first job out of college, I remember one of the recruiting agencies that I got mixed up with (that sent me out on a bunch of pointless interviews that barely matched my degree), had as one of their stipulations that it was the employee who would pay their fee, upon getting hired - not the hiring company.

Nowadays, that concept seems totally foreign to me, but I'm wondering if that sort of operation / 'policy' still exists?
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:29 AM
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They're out there, but none of them are legitimate. It's a common scam. Real headhunters work for the hiring company.
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:11 AM
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They still exist, but the only ones that aren't a scam are the ones placing high level executives.

However, the $5K or $10K fee isn't so much when the annual is a megabuck.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:13 AM
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Many moons ago, searching for my first job out of college, I remember one of the recruiting agencies that I got mixed up with (that sent me out on a bunch of pointless interviews that barely matched my degree), had as one of their stipulations that it was the employee who would pay their fee, upon getting hired - not the hiring company.

Nowadays, that concept seems totally foreign to me, but I'm wondering if that sort of operation / 'policy' still exists?
Illegal in New York state if the fee is required in advance.

There used to be employment agencies that would find jobs and send you out. You'd pay a percentage of your salary for a couple of months once you were hired. But it was hit-or-miss for employers and no better than placing an ad (a few these jobs were paid for by employers, so you didn't owe the agency). From the employer's point-of-view, it became better to hire through a temp agency, though.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:21 AM
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Not just high level executives. In my field (embedded SW developer) they're somewhat common. We call them "recruiting agencies." I have a friend who works through several of them. He likes to contract, and thus is potentially looking for a new job every 6-12 months. He gets calls from these places saying they have something he may be interested in, checking if he is available.

They also can place full time employees.


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