How can you get help with your job search yet steer clear of services that over-promise, overcharge and under deliver?
The New York Times and other major publications have reported on “recruiting” services that advertise nonexistent six-figure jobs in order to lure in unsuspecting job seekers. Then they pitch resume rewrites and promise “unpublished jobs” or propose blind mailing programs. Other scams are resume writing services, sometimes using offshore non-English speaking writers who do not have the background to write about you or use the subtle language cues necessary at all level and all occupations.
Each of these might take your money and leave you worse off than when you started. Here’s an overview to help you understand today’s job search reality and the challenges:
· You must use several methods not just contacts, career sites or blind mailings to companies. The effort must be guided by a plan and that means carefully structured from an understanding of you. · Avoid getting “Ripped Off,” find and use a specialized job coach to get your next job. Out of 500 plus career or job board sites there are probably only 1 to 2 that you should use.
· Many private companies often owned by private equity firms are not on many lists of companies and often are the best sources for jobs.
· Every resume and cover letter must be highly targeted. It takes time to do them the right way, and they must be used to build your online presence
· The harsh truth is in today’s stressful job market you need to be ready to adjust your strategy and approach to changing opportunities.
To avoid these “rip-off” services you need to understand and do three things:
This is the best way to avoid services that often promise to market you to lists of companies and do such things as helping to instantly rewrite your resume. They prey on anxious job seekers by offering fake or not available jobs on Internet sites, and then contacting people offering a complete service for thousands of dollars. There is no question that some of these services do add value. However, many do not care to gain enough insight into your own situation, or have only one limited course of action for a short duration.
Once you understand today’s job search world you will see what you do must be very carefully tailored. You must use a number of sources to find, isolate and close a possible job. You must also use various methods depending on your exact requirements. You will also need to work extra hard to be successful.
Job search coaching from professionals with integrity is the best form of help. Look for coaches highly specialized in job searches, willing to work with you weekly, completely aware of the current job environment and resources, and confident enough to have you pay as you make progress. The right job search coach can make your effort more productive and help you avoid getting Ripped Off.