[QUOTE=seadawg;36641]*the fee is XX days pay that is deducted at a rate of 25% per pay check until satisfied.
*they have power of attorney over your pay check until fee is paid in full.
*the fee is tax deductable.
*if for some reason employment is terminated for any reason by the company or yourself before the contracted fee is paid in full then you are only responsible for a fee of 25% for the duration of your employment…be sure this is understood and contained in the agreement…this keeps the process somewhat honest!!
**advise anyone to get a copy of the contract and fully understand the agreement before signing!!
**figured this way eases the pain somewhat…if you work 240 days the first year…12 days fee / 240 days worked = 5% fee/commission…which is a better deal than professional actors or athletes get from their agent!!
“caveat emptor” and best luck!![/QUOTE]
A great deal of recruiters charge 14-17 days pay up front, which is kind of crazy IMO. If you pay a fee, you should have a reason for it, either you don’t want to do the footwork looking for a job, you need help getting access, or what the recruiter offers is top notch. I’m one of these headhunters, and here’s what to be wary of: people who want to rush you into a company, especially if you have talked to no one. It’s my personal feeling that if you’re paying, it should be a permanent job with benefits, etc… Find out who the recruiter deals with, examples of companies in his/her portfolio. Do they have references? etc…
We have a contract, that creates no obligation between us and a mariner unless they accept work at a job we’ve gotten you. Some times we have a company that will pay the fee. otherwise, Our contract works like this: 20% over the first 60 days. It’s spread out over the first 60 days as an insurance policy to you so you don’t pay a huge fee if you end up quitting, fired, hurt, whatever…We don’t come after you for a full fee or anything like that, no penalties. We have a POA in which your check is forwarded to us and within 24 hours of payroll receiving it, it is forwarded to your bank account. Permanent jobs with benefits is all that I work. I try to stick with reputable companies, most are well-known like Harley Marine Services, Odyssea/Northbank, or MMS. The way we work is exactly like a Hollywood Agent/Manager and their talent. A lot of top end guys don’t want to do the BS involved in getting a job, but if you’re good at that and don’t mind playing politics, etc…don’t pay the fee and go door knocking. I don’t ditch mariners or not return calls after a mariner is at a job. I frequently give out every number I have. Reason being, I think word of mouth is everything. And, I believe in karma. Most do not because you’re either getting a temp/contract job and the company is paying the fee (actually you really are because you’re not getting your full day rate), or they are hustling into a fly-by-night company with high turnover for a reason.
If I were the man at the top, perhaps I would charge less, but I’m a worker bee… and one that got schooled by companies that lied and mariners who did the same. Be careful regardless, because there is a reason recruiters have a bad name. I would be a lot richer if I could find that high turnover company and fast talk a mariner into going there until he quits or is fired but pays me, never return a call after he’s hired, and repeat steps over and over, so the company can treat folks like crap with increasing intensity no matter what.
One more thing, find out how many lawsuits a recruiting agency has brought and defended. Also, research the company they are sending you to before you go. GCaptain is a great place to hear what people have to say. And, as a rule when several people say generally the same thing, they’re pretty close in their assessment. Lastly, don’t talk to people sitting at a desk like me, talk to your fellow mariners who are in the trenches with you. They are the ones that can tell you how they were treated at a place or by a specific recruiter. The rest of us only know the politics and such. Unfortunately, there are recruiters who take no pride in what they do as far as helping someone gain in their career. They’re only there for legal tender, and wouldn’t know a CAT 3512 from a weedeater.
Hope this helps.