News of this filthy trick by an agency was sent in by a reader.
I don‘t know if anyone else here has come across anything like this.
It really turned my stomach and made me lose any respect that I had for agencies.
I sent in my CV to an IT agency. I was coming to the end of a contract. However, I thought that I had a good chance of being renewed but it was better to be safe than sorry.
The agency asked me questions about where I was working and said that he would need to get a reference if they sent me for an interview and I passed it.
They said they wouldn‘t use it till then, so I gave him my boss‘s name and number.
I happen to sit close to my boss in work.
Later that day he got a phone call.
Phone Call from Agency
At the end of it he said to me ‘Looking for another job, are we’ with a smile.
I blustered as much as I could.
‘So, I hear that you‘ve been a naughty boy at some other places that you‘ve worked and you‘ve left them a bit in the lurch’.
I didn‘t say anything to this as I was completely taken aback. I had always left my other contracts on good terms and I feel that I‘d done a good job.
Luckily my boss roared with laughter at this point.
Slagged Me Off
It seemed that the agent had called my boss with the number I‘d given him, slagged me off to him, and then offered him another contractor with the same skills but who was considerably cheaper and who the agent said ‘was much better’ than I was.
I did manage to get renewed.
Luckily my manager was a contractor too and had a healthy scepticism when it came to agencies.
I must confess that I had never had any trouble with agencies before in my short contracting career but this one really opened up my eyes.
I don‘t know whether this filthy trick is a common practice or whether I was just unlucky.
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