I recently got an email about another research company that seems to be opening doors to a lot of people. Their primary focus is on background and criminal investigations for the legal industry. Starting in 2010, they expanded to offer placement services. This company networks with several research firms and matches applicants up with their clients. What's so great about this company is that as an applicant, you don’t pay a placement fee! I know, how AWESOME is that right? The way they work is that they recruit for various research companies (and folks, they do their homework before taking on new clients – they are a background investigative company after all !). Once you apply, they review your background and then (ready for this?) they provide you links to training materials that will help you understand the type of research you’ll need to perform for their clients. Most clients will require that you take a qualification test, but you’ll have all the information to study so you’ll ACE the test ! IT-Boss Research goes beyond finding you interviews – they help you snag the job!
Remember, you pay nothing up front. The clients pay your placement fee for you. Because they do that, they may require that you stay onboard for a given amount of time (e.g., 30 days) and that you give a two-week notice which I think is quite acceptable considering that most placement fee services can cost you up to $500 with no guarantee that they will find you any work !
So no out of pocket, free training materials so you can prepare for your interview. This company’s placement services division consists of several retired recruiters, each working from their homes. So they understand your desire to work independently with a flexible schedule. So check them out ! You can learn more about them at www.itbossresearch.com. Good Luck !