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    Great tips for your job search

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    With the economy in bad shape, a lot of people have found themselves looking for work. Many people wonder why they didn't get a call back on a job or didn't get the position after they went to an interview.
    With the economy in bad shape, a lot of people have found themselves looking for work without much success. Many people wonder why they didn't get a call back on a job or didn't get the position after they went to an interview.

Employment agencies, for both temporary and full-time jobs, are advertising big time. 

Some may help you resurrect your career or start a new one.

Other employment agency ads are flashing, blaring signs of a scam. These are the dead giveaways:

* GUARANTEED JOB PLACEMENT OR INCOME. No employment agency can "guarantee" you will even get a job, much less how much you'll get paid.

* UP-FRONT FEES. Even if the agency promises a refund of these fees if you don't get hired, don't pay them. If the agency's demanding up-front fees, government regulators say it's a scam.

* ADS DISGUISED AS "CLASSIFIED ADS." Scam employment agencies will often place ads made to look as if they were placed by the actual employer. Confirm that the ad is really from the employer, not a third-party or temp agency. If not, the agency's trying to mislead you.

* CLAIMS OF "PREVIOUSLY UNDISCLOSED" GOVERNMENT JOBS. The government isn't keeping any public sector jobs a secret. All FEDERAL jobs are disclosed to the public at www.usajobs.gov.

Once you are certain you are dealing with a legitimate employment agency, get a copy of the contract. Review it or consider having a lawyer look it over before you sign it.

Check the agency's reputation with the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org) and the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov).

The FTC has the authority to bring the hammer down on any so-called "job agency" who may be ripping off the jobless.  

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