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Saturday, September 8, 2012

10 Reasons Why You Should Never Use An Agent...

 "There will always be more hands than pockets"
- Confucius


1.  They will put 20%-50% of your wages in their pockets for making 2-3 calls and interviewing you for 30 minutes to make sure you understand and speak English, have 2 arms and legs and do not smell like beer.

2.  They will lie to you about the employer, and to the employer about your qualifications, experience, requirements, and plans.  In short, most will say anything to collect their fee.

3.  If they cannot find you a placement, they will sell your information to other agents who begin shopping you around like a used bicycle. You will be posted all over the internet without your knowledge nor consent.

4.  They will ask you for other teacher's contact info supposedly as your "references" but actually to become new client prospects that they will solicit within 3-5 days later.

5.  They are neither licensed nor regulated. They are just street hustlers and their hefty fee is more important than ANYTHING you tell them.

6.  Because of number 5 above, most do not use their real names and they will usually just give you their English names so if you have a dispute later, you will not be able to find them since they change their mobile phone numbers approximately once a month.

7.  Some agents will actually have then nerve to ask you for an "application" or "processing" fee in which case you should politely tell them "that is not convenient".

8.  Most agents will falsely advertise as a "direct employer" just to get you to come in for an interview. Later they will insist that YOU simply "misunderstood".

9.  They will NEVER tell you the whole truth, only what you want to hear in order to accept the job - so they can collect their fee. This is why there is a 40% turn-over rate of teachers in China at present.

10. The "guanxi" they claim to have can be found at the same places you yourself can find it - at these web sites:

www.echinacities.com
www.zhaopin.com
www.thebeijinger.com
www.cityweekend.cn
www.chinadaily.com
www.daveseslcafe.com
www.workabroad.com
www.chinahot.com
www.beijingtoday.com.cn 

To see actual photos and names of over 100 fake/scam agents visit:  www.ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org

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9 comments:

  1. Don't ever use an agent! Although its very difficult to separate the agents from direct employers in China. The saturate the market here.

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  2. You have a point Kiln, agents will claim to be "direct employers" in the ads but if you ask them thre questions on the phone or email before you agree to an interview, you will save yourself taxi fare and three hours of your life...

    1) What is the web site address and exact street address of your school?
    2) What is complete Chinese name and are you registered with the China Foreign Teachers Union?
    3) Can you email me a job description before the interview please (then see if their email is from a real school or a free email)

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  3. WOW, I literally just read this post to my girlfriend before she had a skype interview for an english teaching job, set up for her by an agent. The interview went great until the end, when she asked, "Is it ok that I don't have a TEFL for this job?" "But you sent me a TEFL, it's here in your documents!" said the interviewer. The agent sent a fake TEFL on her behalf! How was that agent's plan going to work, we would just assume he lied on our behalf and go along with it? "Oh yeah, I DO have a TEFL, I forgot!" What a waste of time.

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  4. WOW, I literally just read this post to my girlfriend before she had a skype interview for an english teaching job, set up for her by an agent. The interview went great until the end, when she asked, "Is it ok that I don't have a TEFL for this job?" "But you sent me a TEFL, it's here in your documents!" said the interviewer. The agent sent a fake TEFL on her behalf! How was that agent's plan going to work, we would just assume he lied on our behalf and go along with it? "Oh yeah, I DO have a TEFL, I forgot!" What a waste of time.

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  5. WOW, I literally just read this post to my girlfriend before she had a skype interview for an english teaching job, set up for her by an agent. The interview went great until the end, when she asked, "Is it ok that I don't have a TEFL for this job?" "But you sent me a TEFL, it's here in your documents!" said the interviewer. The agent sent a fake TEFL on her behalf! How was that agent's plan going to work, we would just assume he lied on our behalf and go along with it? "Oh yeah, I DO have a TEFL, I forgot!" What a waste of time.

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  6. Agents are useless pieces of crap, it doesn't matter whether they come from a reputed agency or not, my contract will end in June and I noticed my current employer that I won't renew it, they have agreed to provide me with the official letter of release, reference letter and so-on. I started about 3 days ago looking online for a new job and had to deal with agents from famous agencies such as FindWorkAbroad or NetworkESL, the first agency tried to give me a position in a shithole in Guangdong paid below my current salary with no free accomodation, they lied to me claiming that the number of hours was low so I wondered "great, I can do private lessons on my behalf to earn a lot more", when the actual school sent me the contract (after the interview) it was clearly written "25 teaching hours + office hours, 40 hours per week in total", now I am like fuck it. The second agency didn't even find any job suitable, still they claim to have 12 years of experience and be the largest agency. Now I started today looking on Chinese jobsites thanks to my Mandarin skills and I already found a job in Guangzhou paying 5 times higher than what the agent proposed for half the time per week. Screw these agents, they made me lose so much time, I wish them to get run over by a truck.

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  7. 99% of all the agents and job recruiters in China are scumbags but most of us do not make this discovery until we are locked into a contract and get a big surprise on pay day!

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  8. Be careful with this e-mail tjuniedu@163.com and phone number +86 22 2331 6282. There are some people acting on behalf of Tianjin University. They "hire" people for exhibition image spokeswoman position, but in reality they have nothing to do with this University and maybe deal with human traffic, prostitution and so on. They offended me in their letters in political, moral and personal way. After i warned them abt my intention to find out the truth and punish them, they said the following:

    "... This will constitute the crime of defamation by law and you will have to assume the corresponding criminal liability for that.
    You are quite young, so we want to offer you a well-intentioned warning. And if you receive summon from China's Criminal Court, everything will be too late. We are a college, totally different from what you defamed us on line---the company of human traffickers and prostitution. Only your defamation can cause you 3 years in prison in China. Moreover, we will call to account your civil compensation responsibility, which is huge. At the same time, please inform your teacher that although he is in China, yet he knows nothing about China’s national condition...
    ...This is our last warning. The world now is operating on the premise of cooperation, whereas you choose the opposite way, regardless of the consequence. Please consider this. Haven’t you felt that your country and government are getting more and more powerless.
    During the last month only, your currency depreciation has almost doubled and so has your commodity price. Haven’t you noticed that your bread price is soaring? At the same time, for a college like us that has over 40,000 students, we have corresponding method, strategy and experience in handling such affairs.
    Therefore, it is wise for you to make the choice to go abroad. (When your President leaves office, then everything could be better. And then when you return to your country, you can buy a house in Moscow with the money you earned. But if you see this recruitment as hostility, then you will obtain just the same thing.) After half a month (in 2015), the US and Europe will cut off your… At that time, both the finance and currency of your country will collapse. This reminds me of the year 1991 when 1 RMB can exchange 1000 ruble. And back then many of the staff doing the chores, such as wiping the floor and washing vegetable, was from Russian because your labor price was so low. But from another more meaningful point of view, we did offer them a means to survive and not let them suffer from hunger ...
    ...However, unfortunately, the European countries always shut the door upon your face. Now, what you can do is to ally with those “developed countries” such as North Korea, Venezuela, Belarus, Iran and Syria. So it is right for you to leave your country and we respect you for that. However, you shouldn’t defame us with wicked speech. Therefore we need to remind you that such activity of yours is very dangerous which can put you into prison and call to account your civil compensation, but the final judge will be made by the court. Once the court sentences you, then you will receive the “red notice” from Lyon Interpol headquarters, which will bring you great trouble.Cristina ""That’s because all the banks closed down and many families’ capitals

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  9. Can I change my contract before flying to China, after I signed it?

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