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Job seekers beware!

Post  JoeC (McGruff) on Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:41 pm

The New York Times has an article on the low life practices taking advantage of the unemployed. Some job search firms that charge high fees, promise access to "hidden" or "unpublished" jobs, and deliver little in return. From the article:

“Career management” or “career marketing” companies . . . which charge large up-front fees, are easy to stumble upon on employment Web sites. Often . . . they contact job seekers after they post their résumés. They usually focus on professionals and managers, massaging their egos by boasting that they accept only the most marketable candidates. Some companies place advertisements that appear to be job postings but instead are lures for sales pitches.

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 the 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. “To find legitimate agencies for your needs, it’s critical to do your homework first.”
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Many of the companies do little more than provide ordinary job search assistance: overhauling résumés and cover letters, giving advice on how to network and helping sort through public job listings. While this can be a legitimate and useful service, much of it can be obtained more cheaply.
Rule of thumb do not give money up front . Most agency's take their fee from the employer some take it from the employees pay check as a percent for so many months.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/17/us/17career.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1&th&emc=th&adxnnlx=1250524463-WmmQngACfAXqYQdgOCQl%20A
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