Has anyone used aquent for job search?

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DO NOT under any circumstances use a recruiter.

Here's how recruiters work:

1. They guarantee you your rate and pay it out at W2. You don't have to worry about taxes or benefits. Sweet right?

2. No. Then they charge 2-3x your rate to the client and pocket the difference. Because you are hugely expensive you will only be considered for pinch hitting roles where the client is desperate.

3. Well, I just need a foot in the door, you think. Once Im in there, I'll show them how great I am and theyll hire you full time. This will never happen because recruiters charge a conversion fee equal to 20% to 50% of your annual salary, making hiring you much more expensive than hiring literally anyone else.

Recruiters like Creative Circle, Aquent, etc are scumbags. Don't put your career in their hands. Do it the right way and represent yourself.

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I’ve also had a good experience with Aquent overall. I was hired for the job I’m in now through them and now l use them myself to find people. Pros: You’re guaranteed your paycheck every week v chasing it down and waiting forever when you’re freelancing. Their benefits are pretty good. Cons: the markup on your work does suck (but they are a business just like everyone else, they can’t give their services away, and have you ever seen what an agency charges the client for your time v what you get paid?). you may get calls for jobs that pay way less than your rate—you just say no to those. I will say I had better luck with the division that does client-side work than the one that works with agencies, and contrary to what MD1 said, people do get hired. Where I am nearly all our FT roles start out as contract and the fees are just part of our budget.

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They contacted me and got me a crazy good day rate for a long-term freelance gig so 🤷‍♀️

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I’ve had a great experience with them. I got an epic job at a giant name through them (and I wasn’t trying to “get my foot in the door”). MD1 isn’t wrong about the details they shared, but I had it great bc I negotiated what I wanted. If you take what’s given to you in any scenario it’s probably gonna be shitty (not just with these staffing agencies). Just find yourself some leverage that allows you to sign a better package. I ended up getting a full package of benefits including a 401k match + $15k/year higher than their initial offer + 20 days of PTO + a buffet of perks.

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