Employment Agencies

In Quebec, certain companies hire employees only through agencies and many administrative, office, health (nursing) and customer service jobs are offered through the organization.

Usually, the services are free to the candidates, but the employer either pays a set fee to the firm, or a per hour fee in addition to the hourly wage promised to the employee. Thus most agencies get paid by the client, or the organization wiling to hire, or simply take a percentage off the earnings of an employee or candidate.

Employment agencies specialize in areas. Talent, modeling and service providers are often grouped, an ergonomic way to coordinate potential employers and workers. For example, Montpetit Group offers mostly paralegal, legal assistant and similar employment opportunities.

To work in some companies, and even in some industries, going through an agency is the only option. Agencies and agents connect people, and their success is based on the importance of contacts and networking in the job market.

Some agencies specialize in junior or senior finance professionals, other in legal assistants and paralegals, while other agencies are general and other just seem to cover the banking industry in its entirety, from desk tellers, customer service and call centers, to top management, certified financial analysts and licensed traders (professionals).

Similarly, even for CFOs or Chief Financial Officers some boards, newspaper sections or other information sources concentrate on topics.

Websites and other online job boards are one alternative when looking for a job. Finding employment is rendered higher by recessions, or economic downturns. Also, manufacturing industries witness lay offs. The service industry seems less affected, but jobs are still harder to come by when firms are recording less profits or posting losses. Staffing Agencies in Quebec

Perhaps the best known staffing agency in Montreal, the largest city in the province of Quebec, is Quantum. Quantum is a very large recruiting agency with international presence.

Below are the coordinates of some of these organisms found in Quebec:

2000 McGill College Avenue
Suite 1800
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 3H3
Phone: 514.842.5555
Toll-Free: 1-800-978-2688
Fax: 514.849.8846

St-Amour & Associates
Bureau de Montréal
666, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, bureau 2000
Montréal, QC  H3A 1E7
Téléphone: 514-288-7400
Sans frais: 866-411-7400

SICOTTE Recrutement/Appollo Agence
129 de la Commune Street East
Bureau 500
Old-Montreal, Quebec
H2Y 1J1
Phone: 514.360.1304

Montpetit Group
3200, Autoroute Laval 440 West
Laval, Quebec
H7T 2H6
Phone: 450.681.1115
Fax: 450.681.9110

PCV – Personnel Chez-Vous
3551 Boulevard Saint-Charles
Kirkland, Quebec
H9H 3C4
Phone: 514.696.6408

Popular online job boards include Workopolis, Craigslist, Monster. Also, most colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning or vocational training, have career centers with counselors willing to help students to find remunerated work.


The incognito of lower class employment is an effective cloak for any dagger one might wish to hide. (Margaret Cho).

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