I want to share with you an article written by my friend Laura DeCarlo, president of Career Directors International. She writes:
When you are in transition or targeting your next big step, working with an expert resume writer or career coach can be extremely helpful. These talented guides can assist you in landing more interviews for targeted roles, at a faster pace and often at a higher salary. However, when an industry like this is not regulated, there are those who will exploit others simply for profit.
During periods of drastic market change, it's not uncommon for fly-by-night resume writing, career coaching and other career services businesses to explode on the scene. Suddenly, anyone can call themselves a career coach or resume writer. Plus, websites can provide a glossy promise, hiding ill intent.
Buyer beware! After 25 years in the industry, I've seen it all. It's not uncommon for scammers to:
• Publish professional looking websites that copy content from real practitioners.
• Create fake professional associations and certifications — along with logos — and list both.
• Show thumbnails of industry books, implying they are included in them.
• Provide made-up testimonials.
• Call themselves award-winning in their specialty with no actual award ever granted.
• Display resume samples stolen from other writers on the internet.
I add to her article questions you should ask: