CHICAGO, IL – October 14,
2011 - If you’re looking for a job, you may see ads for staffing
agencies that promise results. Many of these services may be legitimate and
helpful, but others may misrepresent their services, promote out-dated or
fictitious job offerings, or charge high fees in advance for services that may
not lead to a job. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern
Illinois (BBB) advises job seekers to take precaution when using staffing
agencies to find a job.
“Staffing agencies can be an excellent source for
finding contract, temporary, and full-time positions,” said President & CEO
of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois Steve J.
Bernas. “But be sure to research the agency you are working with before you
hand them money or confidential information. This can filter out illegitimate
companies and scams from the job search.”
agency has something to hide it will use vague language and fail to clearly
indicate specific details about the job. Fortunately, people
are using the BBB for free referrals and to research companies before selecting
a staffing agency. There
has been a 27% increase in inquiries about placement services in the past 12
months, at 9,748 inquiries compared to 7,634 for the previous 12
The BBB recommends job
seekers take these steps:
- Be cautious of any company that promises to get you a
job or offers an exceptionally high salary. If the deal sounds too good to
be true, it probably is. Phony employers might brag about exceptionally
high salary potential and excellent benefits for little experience in
order to lure unsuspecting job hunters into their scam
- Be skeptical of any employment-service firm that
charges first, even if it guarantees refunds.
- Get a copy of the agency’s contract and read it carefully
before you pay any money. Understand the terms and conditions of the agency’s
refund policy. Make sure you understand what services they will provide
and what you’ll be responsible for doing. Stay away from high-pressure
sales pitches that require you to pay now or risk losing out on an
- Be cautious about purchasing services or products
from a firm that’s reluctant to answer your questions.
- Be aware that some listings sound like they are jobs
when they’re selling general information about getting a job.
- Research the company or organization mentioned in an
ad or an interview by an employment service to find out more details on
the type of company that you may be placed at.
more information on businesses you can trust, visit www.bbb.org
As a private, non-profit organization, the
purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace.
BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation
and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices
and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reviews on businesses
and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or
charity before making a purchase or donation.