On August 17 the New York Times published an article “Job Search Firms, Big Pitches and Fees, Few Jobs.” Written by Michael Luo, the article described how certain firms feasted on the fears and anxieties of desperate job seekers. Kerry Fischman paid out $8,250 to the ITS Corporation to help him find a job.The company salesman promised Mr. Fischman it would help him find a six-figure job in the Denver area. Instead, the article pointed out, “the company did little more than redo his resume and push him to cold-call employers.”
Unfortunately, there are a number of companies using the Web to draw in gullible job seekers. “The offices of several state attorneys general said they had fielded complaints about career counseling companies during this recession.”
“”Many employment services provide valuable help, but others misrepresent themselves and their services in an attempt to take your money,’ said Illinois attorney general, Lisa Madigan, who succeeded several years ago in having one career counseling company, Bernard Haldane Associates, banned from doing business in the state.”
Before signing up with any career counseling service, be sure you do your due diligence. Check with the better business bureau to see if the company in question has any complaints lodged against it. Ask to speak to a number of the agency’s current and former clients. Don’t allow yourself to be taken advantage of by these scam artists.
The link to the full article is http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/17/us/17career.html.