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I am surprised you get enough money to accept. Every opportunity I have seen from them is significantly lower in pay than I could get from another agency. I don't even bother.
However, since I do this a lot I will offer something that I always do and will save you the hassle, "This is a great offer you have made, can you please send it to me in writing so I can properly consider it? I don't like to make big decisions hastily, I will get back to you in a day or two."
Making it part of your standard course allows you the flexibility of time to consider, which is important. Maybe the offer was low (hah, tek partners it was low) or something else needed negotiation. Then you can negotiate. But, I don't think tek partners would communicate for you.
I remember a while ago when Tek Systems ( I don't think are related) shared a private conversation between me and the recruiter costing me a placement. Tek Systems is now on the boycott list. Life, learn and move on. Oh, and remember, go direct!
I really like your suggestion about asking for the offer in writing. Interestingly, several of the jobs I've gotten in the past, even through recruiters, said that until the acceptance letter was signed and returned, there was no official acceptance. (At every place I've worked, but especially in the last dozen years, we've had new hires bail on the day they were supposed to start. Nobody got pissy about it, we just shrugged and found someone else.)
As for the money; rates through agencies seem to be on the low side around the country. In this case, I discovered that the recruiter had mislead me about the tax impact of per diem, so I did quite a bit of research. Once I corrected my spreadsheet for the correct values, I found that it was about a 5-10% lower net (depending on how often I flew home) than my last two jobs, versus 10% higher.
Ennis Ray Lynch, Jr. wrote:
Oh, and remember, go direct!
What is your method for getting jobs this way? I've only done three direct contracts, all back in the late 90s and all through total flukes (one from an ad in the paper that I was presented as a non-contract position, one through a former colleague and one by answering a programming question on a compuserve forum.)