Who Will I Be Working For Again?
January 12, 2016 7:44am CST
Would you apply for work with a company without even knowing who they were? In the UK unemployed job seekers like myself are expected to do this. Job centre managers get commission for getting people into jobs, so they dislike it if we find out where the hiring companies are and apply directly to them. It cuts out their commission if we cut out the middleman, so we have to apply on a job description, but without specific job location details. This means we can end up applying for jobs in locations we can't reach, applying to firms we know to have a bad reputation or even to firms we have applied to before unsuccessfully, which wastes our time and theirs. It is possible to even end up trying to apply to a firm who fired you. It can be awkward when I get a call directly from the employers asking if I just applied to their firm. I now just say yes without knowing if I have or not, and try to wing it from there but the very limited knowledge of the company can seriously handicap the job search, all just to give a civil servant a bonus if I do get the job. Arthur Chappell
15 people like this
• Boise, Idaho
12 Jan 16
This must be happening a lot for you cause you have been looking for what seems like a long time. And, you often have some excuse for not wanting the job. It must be so frustrating. Aren't there very many jobs where you are?
12 Jan 16
It happens here too. Most agencies will tell you the nature of job, and the business without telling you the name of the company. it will say that a company in the finance sector or a certain area is looking for a person to do this or that. They have to keep the name secret until you are selected to go for an interview.
• Preston, England
12 Jan 16
@ria1606roy managers depend on the middle men to run things so the middle men often give them a false picture to create the impression things are better than they are and get ugly with the rank and file staff too
• United States
13 Jan 16
I am not sure, but I think the temp agencies here? You have to go through them to apply to certain places. I do remember going around to one place and being told I had to go through a temp agency to get hired. I can't think of the place off hand but I believe they dealt in food prep. I would think it to be illegal to withhold information pertinent to the job. One would need to know if it was in a location that they could get to afterall.