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Location 
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Description
$ 150
Jan 2008
Portsmouth, NH
self-employed/transportation
Career aptitude tests analyzed  more... close row
$ 35
Mar 2007
Lake Worth, FL
Accounting
Bogus placement agency  more... close row
$ 30
Nov 2007
Phoenix, AZ
applied math
One month's access to local job listings  more... close row
$ 100
Mar 2008
Phoenix, AZ
musician
Booking agent takes a cut  more... close row

Description of service

The money's for my booking agent's cut of the gross of what I was paid for last weekend's work. He hooks me up with work, and I pay him for scouting the work for me. He negotiates the payment and the terms to standards we've agreed on previously and all I have to do is show up, play music, and collect my check. If he doesn't get me work, he doesn't get paid. If I don't pay him, he doesn't find me work. He also manages a bunch of other musicians who work in a variety of genres, but doesn't represent theater people or athletes.


Review of Service

Every couple of weeks my agent calls me up and says he's got some work for me. It's always been good work for decent pay. And the work comes more often and pays better now that I have representation. But I'm still glad I've got a day job because I know I wouldn't be able to make ends meet on just my musician's salary what with my kids and all.


Tips

Look, unless you're in a profession where you need a manager or agent, you shouldn't be paying for people to get you work. If you're a computer programmer, or nurse, or even a day laborer, headhunters should be getting paid by the companies who are looking for you. If they're suggesting you pay them for the privilege of finding you work, run away because they're probably trying to play you for a sucker.

If you are in the kind of profession where you need an agent (performing arts like music and acting, or professional sports are pretty much it), you won't have any doubt about the need for an agent. Even so, you shouldn't be forking over more than 15% of your gross, even if you're the world's wost performer represented by the world's greatest agent.


$ 0
Apr 2008
New York, New York
Administration
Temporary employment agency very convenient  more... close row
$ 0
Jun 2006
La Crosse, WI
Office work
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$ 100
Aug 2006
Fort Wayne, Indiana
radio broadcaster
So called headhunter pulled jobs from newspaper  more... close row
$ 30
Jan 2008
Athens ohio
Cs manager
Resume building and listing site  more... close row
$ 30
Jan 2008
Bronx, New York
Field Supervisor
Free resume consultation and good job placement  more... close row
$ 20
Mar 2008
Lewisburg, WV
Work from home
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$ 0
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$ 10
Sep 2007
Ft. Washington, MD
Employment service paid for a drug test  more... close row
$ 0
Oct 2006
Mt Laurel, NJ
customer service
Job placement from temp agency  more... close row