When I had an interview with a recruiter from Insource, she told me that I would be working full time (and expected to work overtime during peak seasons) and she told me I would receive a performance pay. When I asked about the performance pay, she said that I would have a base pay ($9 p/ hour) and depending on my work performance, I can earn anywhere from $0.25 to $3.00 extra. Even though I was hesitant about $9 a hour, I happily took the position because I had been looking for work for almost 2 years. On my first day, other Insource employees warned me not to get too excited about the performance pay because it was rarely awarded. After a solid month of working with Insource, I see why other employees were saying this. Within 30 days, I was making (on average) $12.15 an hour and I can run circles around a lot of the other employees. I quickly noticed that the employees who were complaining were the slow ones who wanted to talk with their buddy all the time! A manager is not always breathing down your back and I took advantage of the situation by being a productive worker. Others would find opportunities to hop on their phones when managers were not around and they were not being productive (your productivity is tracked on a computer). After a month of working with Insource, they certified me on a forklift and taught me how to drive one. I still managed to keep my performance up and then after roughly 2 months of working, Insource promoted me to a safety coordinator. Also, when peak season began to slow down and hours had to be cut, my hours stayed the same (except overtime). I thought it was hilarious that the unproductive/lazy workers complained and threatened management when they went from 48 hours a week to 15 (gee, I wonder why?). They should of considered themselves lucky because from previous experience with other labor companies, they don't cut your hours when times slow. They simply cut you and replace you with another person when peak season returns a year later. I do not look at Insource as a temporary labor agency. From past experience working with Aerotek, regardless of how good you are, they will not hesitate to let you go. At Insource, if you do what is expected from you and do it well, they recognize it with higher pay and promotions (forklift and safety coordinator). I have now been with the company for 7 months and my supervisor told me that I am going to be promoted to a lead. Yes, the work is very difficult at times but also rewarding. Just with my forklift certification, I could leave Insource and go work for a company on a forklift for $13 an hour (after I get more experience). I am not going to do this to Insource because of the opportunities they have given me, but my point is that if you are willing to work hard, you can slowly climb the ladder at Insource and add more positive/leadership experience to your resume.
I cannot thank King Career enough! I was referred to King by a friend. My position ( CFO for a mid-sized chemical development corp ) was downsized after a merger. Before hiring King I had spent 8 months searching on my own for a position with virtually no fruit. I went in for an initial consultation and was treated with complete respect and professionalism. I was amazed at the completely honest, open book approach of the consultant. He never tried to "sell" me anything. He laid out all of his research and mapped out a gameplan to finding me a suitable position. Once I hired them, they did an analysis of my wants, needs, training and accomplishments and came up with a profile of the ideal job for me. They then drafted a very dynamic resume and performed extensive training on networking, interviewing and negotiating. I always thought I was a pretty sharp guy. I had no idea there was such a vast difference between serviceable and fantastic networking and interviewing. I really learned a ton here. Once the training was over we set to exploiting their network of leads. I was blown away by how much they increased my network. I was getting 5 - 10 times the amount of exposure I was getting on my own. I really had so much more depth to my search with their assistance. The proof was in the pudding. I landed a VP Finance position just 2 months after hiring King. Whereas on my own I had gone 8 months with no really good offers. My new position pays about 5% less than my previous job, but the opportunity for advancement is much greater. I heartily recommend King Career to anyone. They certainly came through for me.
Outstanding preparation for job search. They taught me fantastic interviewing skills. They trained me so well on the interviewing I had three interviews in ten days and got job offers from two of the three. Their network and network training helped me a great deal too. I provided them a list of 18 companies in my industry and they had contacts in 13 of them. I contacted 9 of the 13 and they pointed me in the right direction. The 3 interviews came from the 9 people I contacted. Oh, another thing that was very helpful was the initial position profiling. Jerry helped me identify that I did not like stuffy organizations and that I preferred a more casual environment. He guided me away from a few companies that he feered I would not be happy working for. Their system is fantastic. If you work it the way they train you it cuts SIGNIFICANT time off your job search. And as anyone who is unemployed will tell you...every day you go unemployed costs you money. I am guessing they cut 2-3 months off my job search (saved me roughly 12-18K). Very highly recommend.