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How to Spot a Resume Scam!

Michele Olivier's LinkedIn post from 8/31/2021:

Lately I've seen a lot of people being taken advantage of by bad resume writers. More than usual. This ๐Ÿ’ฉ makes my blood BOIL!!

I know that as a job seeker it's hard, it's scary, and so difficult to know who you can trust to write your #resume. So with that in mind, here are some tips to finding someone awesome:

1. If they talk about "beating the ATS," or making your resume "bot-proof," or they want to put it through some kind of scan ๐Ÿ›‘๐Ÿ›‘ THEY ARE A SCAM ๐Ÿ›‘๐Ÿ›‘

Yes, I know some of these yahoos have big fancy websites, and some are connected to other websites you use and trust for job seeking. Still a SCAM.

2. If they want to charge less than $100 ๐Ÿ›‘RUN AWAY๐Ÿ›‘

Time is money so anyone charging that little is either not spending much time, or using labor who's time is not very valuable. Either way, hard NO.

3. If they tell you that a resume needs to be 1 page. ๐Ÿ›‘NOPE๐Ÿ›‘

Friends, it's 2021 - no one prints out a resume. I only notice how many pages it is when they're bad.

4. If the turnaround time is less than 48 hours. ๐Ÿ›‘

Then they aren't taking much time on your resume. They have lives, they have other stuff they're doing. There is a reason most services take a minimum of a week.

๐Ÿ›‘๐Ÿ›‘๐Ÿ›‘If they have never been a RECRUITER (ideally in the last 5 years) do NOT give them your money!!๐Ÿ›‘๐Ÿ›‘๐Ÿ›‘

Other considerations are things like:

What information do they need from you?

Do they use templates? (it is not great if they do)

Is there aftercare/support?

Are their resumes format-simple (no boxes, columns, etc - that's the ONE thing that an ATS does care about)?

What instance rate do they use for your key terms?

I'm sure I've missed several, but I really hope this helps some folks. #resumewriting and #resumetips is a minefield. A great writer makes all the difference - just make sure you get a great one.

Obviously, O&H Consulting ticks all these boxes, but if we're not for you we'll even help you vet the folks you think might be!

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