10 Signs You are Dealing with a Shady Resume Service

10 Signs You are Dealing with a Shady Resume Service

  1. This one is a no-brainer, really. They have a crummy website. Either it’s poorly designed and looks like something from the 90’s, has a fuzzy text logo that was created in Photoshop, or contains cheesy stock images of people celebrating all over the place, so much so that it’s almost overwhelming to look at. If a good resume service cannot put some creativeness and appealing design into their own website, what makes you think they can do the same for your resume?
  2. Their prices are too cheap, usually under $100 for professional resumes. These resume services are startup operations desperate to compete, so they have to lower their prices due to their lack of footprint online. They probably also lack the necessary credentials, industry knowledge, and experience it takes to create impressive resumes for highly accomplished professionals and C-suite executives.
  3. They boast to have helped thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of people, but if you do a simple who.is search (www.who.is) and search for their domain name (e.g. www.website.com), you will find that their business has only been registered either a short few months or just a couple of years. In our 15 years of resume writing business, we have seen many of these startups come, and go. For example, there is one company in particular that claims to have helped over 1,000,000 (one million) people, but a quick BBB search will indicate that this company has nothing but horrible reviews and has only been in business a few years. Their claim would mean it generated about $200,000,000 (two hundred million dollars) in revenue in just that short amount of time. Just not possible for a resume service, no matter how big they are. Waffle House, Inc. is an American restaurant chain with 2,100 locations in 25 states, and brings in approximately $1 Billion a year in revenue – but we are talking about waffles here. People eat every day and keep going back to their favorite restaurants regularly. People normally only need a resume written once or twice in a lifetime.
  4. They make false promises of getting you a job or promise interviews within 45 days, or your money back. However, if you read the fine print, in most cases you have to jump through a lot of hoops for this “guarantee” to stick, such as providing interview rejection letters (which no employer hardly does nowadays). The reality is, nobody can guarantee employment or interviews beyond a shadow of a doubt. Seasoned companies like Careers Plus Resumes can guarantee the highest quality service and improved results, but direct guarantees of employment are just flat out decades-old scam tactics. Nobody can guarantee employment because that’s ultimately the employer’s decision to make. A legitimate resume service, however, can guarantee better results than before by focusing on certain strategies and approaches which are unique to each individual situation.
  5. They outsource overseas for cheap labor, and their second language is English. This may sound odd, but this is a very common thing in the content-writing industry. Avoid this if you are located in the United States and expect to even remotely compete for jobs in America. Employers can see right through broken English and choppy grammar.
  6. Their site is listed on a spammy looking page article such as “The 12 Best Resume Services for 2020” or something like that. If you look closely, and dig down just a little, it’s easy to find out that this is nothing but a promotion tactic among website owners to try and boost their visibility. There is no “advisory board” or “regulatory agency” that ranks these sites as the best of anything. They are self-promoted and usually new to the industry. The best resume services reflect their status in the results they produce and their longevity of business success.
  7. They don’t tell you what they are going to do. It’s important to at least question a resume service you are looking at on what they are going to do to your resume to make it better. If they are reluctant to at least give you an idea of their strategy, you might want to consider a more reputable company that knows what they are doing.
  8. They provide a “Free Resume Review” that turns out to be nothing more than an automated artificial intelligence bot giving you a generic ranking score. While they make this sound nice and all, the problem here is personality and human logic. To be an effective resume writer, it takes deep analysis into someone’s work history, skills, abilities, and career goals to fully grasp what needs to be done and how to create an effective resume for that person’s particular situation. It’s virtually impossible for AI to know these facts, and that’s why it’s always important to talk to a real person and not deal with automated resume builders or scoring systems.
  9. They don’t actually test their results. Over 76% of resumes are instantly rejected by applicant tracking systems, and as point #8 above stated, the only way it’s possible to receive a higher ATS Job Match Rate is to actually understand the candidate’s personal situation, background, and career goals. Testing these results is very complex and involves a lot of knowledge and highly sophisticated tools such as in-house systems which can scan a job seeker’s resume and match it against a targeted job description. Careers Plus Resumes and only a couple other legitimate resume services have these tools.
  10. They claim to have hundreds or even thousands of resume writers on their team at their disposal. We have been in this industry for 15 years, and these companies do not grow to the size of McDonald’s in just under a year. It’s just virtually impossible. This is a very niche market and good resume writers focus on quality over quantity and the demand for resume writing services is not as much as food or clothing. This is something that career-changers usually do once or twice in their lifetime, and many of our own clients are coming from the same job of 20 years looking for a change. The reason these companies boast 100+ writers or more on their staff is a little deceptive, and here’s why. Certified Professional Resume Writers are accredited by the PARW/CC (Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches and must follow the ethical standards of the organization to maintain their membership. This means being up front and honest with their clients at all times. What we have suspected, is that these companies that claim to have so many writers on staff, are actually superficially inflating this number because they have access to a pool of contracted writers.

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