When Recruiters Misrepresent an Assignment – You Live and Learn

This happened to me.
Don’t let it happen to you.
Good recruiters are never desperate, they always have backup plans for when people bail on you.
Never accept anything less than what you are worth and never be afraid to confront a recruiter. Just because they bring you jobs it doesn’t mean they can do what they like with you.
Live and learn.

Not Your Usual Career Advice

Late Wednesday afternoon, I received a voicemail from a recruiter whom I’ve worked with before. She left a voice mail saying that she had an assignment for me, which was for a four day special event at a well known high end retail flagship store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. They needed bilingual speakers and the duties involve greeting and conversing with customers from China, and the fact that it was a ‘special event’ was emphasized. And the cherry on top? I had one hour to decide because the person that confirmed this assignment the previous Friday canceled the day before the assignment (red flag number 1) and they needed to fill that position right away. Next, the rate was nearly less than what I normally charge for translation type of work, but since this isn’t strictly a translation job though my bilingual skills may be needed (red flag…

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