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Old 07-18-2003, 05:36 PM   #1
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To be on the safe side, do not deal with companies who your only contact with is via email, telephone, or snail mail...there should be some face to face time...and If your going to be charged an up front fee for placement, i would have to advise you to tell them to GET A LIFE!!!!
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Old 07-21-2003, 01:12 AM   #2
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CD- In some cases, it may be impossible to meet face to face if the company is overseas or what not, no? I agree, I definitely wouldnŽt pay a fee, unless I am absolutely, unequivocally sure that the company is reputable(recommended by friend, family, etc...). Even then though, IŽm a do-it-yourself kind of guy so IŽd still be inclined to do it my way, than to pay for an ageny to find me work.

Folks, make sure to do your research! Start by typing in some key phrases into Google with the companys name.
For example. Go to Google and type in "problems with XYZ company" or "XYZ company complaints" or "XYZ company reviews" etc...and see what comes up. Also, check other forums on the net that might have info on XYZ company.
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When we are on this side of the pond, for sure we would prob not be able to meet the company rep, but when ya get over, i think it would be a good idea to meet someone, would you want to get sent to a job site by a person who's office is a cardboard box in an alleyway? ( an exageration)

Body language is 80 percent of a conversation, and ya can't get that from an email or phone call. I think the face to face is important...

If it is a North American company who is placing you over seas, than start calling around, BBB, Google, friends who may live near the address of the company..personaly P.O. boxes at the local postoffice are kinda scary.

TP is right though, DO THE RESEARCH!!!!! It could mean the difference between you hook'n up with a sweet gig, or a situation you may not be able to get out of.
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