My worst agency experience. A Deliberate Lie Cost Me Loads

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Worst Agency Experience is from Aussie contractor site www.Brainbox.com.au

The Contract Extension Lie

I’d been working in a contract and was happy to continue.

The company was laying off staff though, and it looked unlikely I’d be renewed.

Three weeks before the contract is due to end, I started looking around and secured a couple of interviews.

I let my agency know that I was doing this, as I like to be honest about the situation.

IT Contract Interview

I had an interview two weeks before my contract would end. It went well and I was confident they would offer me the job.

Then, my agent called and said the client would offer me a three month extension.

I was amazed, as lots of the other IT staff were being laid off.

I agreed to extend, and called the other agency to let them know this. It Was disappointing, but they understood.

Contract Extension Letter

I received my extension letter in the post to sign. So, I read it over and everything seemed fine. I wanted to negotiate the agency’s margin though, so held off signing it for a few days.

Four days before my contract finished, the agent called me at work in a panic and said I had to sign that morning if I wanted the extension.

She agreed to reduce her margin and would walk over with copies of the paperwork for me to sign.

I met her in the lobby of my building. She was in a rush, so I signed quickly.

Short Contract Extension

I read over what I had just signed, and discovered the extension was only for two weeks!

I looked over what they had sent me before and it clearly said three months.

This was also what the agent told me on the phone.

Unhappy Contractor

Confused, I went to speak to my manager.

She told me the extension was only for two weeks, and there never was any mention of three months.

It was pretty clear that the agent had lied to me to prevent me from taking another job.

Of course, they denied it and said it was a simple mistake.

They filled the other job by the time I found out what was going on.

So, I was not a happy camper.

This was my worst agency experience.

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