Re: Engineers: What are good career placement agencies? Which ones should I avoid?
I'm an ME, they day I graduated, I didn't have a job. The day after, I got placed by a local recruiting agency in a temp to hire position. I would have been hired, but I decided to leave after two months based on personal decisions. In leaving I set myself up with various recruiting agencies; SearchMasters, Kelly Engineering, Aerotek, and some other local companies. I was placed in a temp to hire position within a few weeks of beginning my search and set it up so I had a week off between jobs. I'm still getting calls from these companies nearly two years after getting hired full time (though it is annoying having to tell them the same thing every time. Yes Iím working. Yes, Iíve been here for about 2 years. No Iím not looking to moveÖ). I think the biggest problem with placement agencies is that most jobs are advertised as temporary. It's difficult to take a risk when there's no guarantee that the job will be stable. I think you just have to count on yourself being an extremely competent and hard working individual for a few weeks. If you can, surely theyíll hire you full time.
I have a friend that's been working at Boeing for about 3 years, he said he didn't have a computer for the first 3 months of his job. The last time I talked to him, he was trying to get out.
You donít have to worry about not being an expert in the field either. I think most engineering jobs are rather specific. The content covered in college seems more like framework that aids an engineers understanding of the content learned on the job. Donít be afraid to switch fields to something new or something that you find more intriguing
Itís my understanding that itís cheaper for a company to directly hire an employee than it is to hire through a temp agency. When I was hired, I had to promise to stay with the company for a minimum 6 months, so that the search service would make money over the course of 8 months rather than the two I was technically their contract employee. My initial salary was less, than it should have been due to this. On websites like Monster and CareerBuilder, search services often place ads for companies that say an X manufacturing company out of X city is looking for an X engineer. You could always type that information into Google, find the company and apply directly to avoid the middleman expense/inconvenience.