I originally posted this on my MN Headhunter blog. I only have 2 comments on the post but have received 15+ email with horror stories from job seekers. Are there people in our industry taking advantage of the situation?
OK, I have been sitting on this for a few days now not sure what do about it and i wanted to cool down a bit before posting.
I met a dude who after 4.5 months of being out of work decided his resume needed some professional help.
He was right. He showed the original to me and it sucked. Sucked bad. Format, font, symbols, wording, it was awful. He tried. He meant well. Thankfully he realized it was an issue and wanted to do something about it.
So he went “shopping” for a professional resume writer. The guy makes $90K or so and spending some money on a resume was not a bad idea. I know some really good resume writers and they do a good job.
However, this dude found a “Resume Writing Guru”. Yep, that’s what it says on the “professional’s” “web site”. Professional is in quotes because as you will read that title is questionable. Web site is in quotes because his site looks like a 1st grader with color blindness built it.
$2,000 for the two page resume was the quote. WTF?!?!?!?!?!
I saw the end product. Much better than what he had, no doubt. Looked better. Read better.
The problem I have is the “professional” spent 30 minutes on the phone with the dude on the phone and had him fill out a 2 page form. That’s it. Nothing about past work experience. Nothing about what the dude was looking for.
Basically the “professional” cut and paste from the form into what looks like to me a template.
I get that this is not the norm. I get that resumes are one of the keys to getting the interview. I get that if a resume is holding back a dude from a $90K a year job investing in some help is a good thing.
This wreaks of a “professional” taking advantage of someone in a difficult situation in a difficult time.
Please get permission and post the 15 stories here.