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Posted By: BenV In Response To: Health Career Agents (Chris P)
Tuesday, 31 January 2006, at 8:36 a.m.
In Response To: Health Career Agents (Chris P)
Let's start with the FACTS:
According to the BBB, they are in good standings since 2004 with 0 complaints.
Owner: Brian Calsyn
According to betheboss.com - "Health Career Agents, Inc. is an international healthcare recruiting and medical staffing company."
Their Monster.com profile - http://company.monster.com/hcag/
Their HotJobs.Yahoo.com profile - http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/jobs/FL/Tampa/Healthcare/J230830EY
Their Entrepreneur.com profile (most detailed) - http://www.entrepreneur.com/oppfinder/print/0,5441,317208,00.html
Quote from this profile:
"Managing a "Virtual" Team
Our Owners also leverage their time by building teams of sales Consultants and Researchers that make them money. Consultants are commission salespeople who work from their own home offices. Researchers, on the other hand, gather the candidate and hiring authority information the team needs.
As an Owner/Operator, we will teach you how to build your business. You'll learn how to entice salespeople and recruiters to join your team and make you money. We'll provide you with everything you need including management training, software, and marketing materials. In addition, Health Career Agents will train up to ten independent salespeople or sales Consultants for you, teaching them how to work from their homes, making money for themselves -- and for you.
Finally, Owner/Operators collaborate online via our unique software system to share companies, candidates, placements, and their resulting fees. Like a multiple-listing service in real estate, Health Career Agents receives a small commission when the system is used for Shared Placements."
Now for the opinion:
They have the facts to suggest that they are not pulling your chain. That doesn't clear them of the hint of a pyramid scheme though. The quote I posted above, combined with the cash you would have to put out sounds like your typical "sellers feeding the suppliers" pyramid. Don't get me wrong, they may be legit. My mother is in school to become a nurse, and my mother-in-law and sister-in-law are nurses, so I know there is a shortage in the field. That troubles me with the claims of this company though. I know that both my sis-in-law and my mother were contacted long before they graduated (mom still has a year to go) with offers from several hospitals. Was that one of these "Agents" or do those hospitals receive student names and directly mail them. I will have to ask about that, but I think they were directly mailed. I do know that the school my mom is in offers placement assistance (another source of competition). All in all, I would try to find a few of their "Owner/Operators" on your own to get the nitty gritty to know if they are exactly what they portray themselves as.
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