Being a recent college graduate and unemployed, I (like many fellow Americans) have been scouring and persistently seeking ways for employers to notice me and allow me to prove my worth as a part of their organization.
I was recently told of jobfox.com (also resumepal.com) and instantly had an uneasy feeling about them when I noticed a “boss is over my shoulders” link. This link forwards them to Google in order to hide what they are actually doing on the clock. Granted, I’m no supreme moral being but I also don’t advertise this as a feature. Moving onward I filled out my profile, uploaded a resume, and was offered a free resume review by an actual “professional”. I went ahead and agreed to the review and received a reply from my assigned “Resume Expert” (ha ha) Peg Chritz. Needless to say, I was severely disappointed in the site’s honesty. Below is my email reply:
Thank you for taking the time to look over my submitted resume. Your first paragraph initially impressed me into thinking that my resume was actually properly reviewed by a human being. I was actually excited and looking forward to up-front and blunt criticism as this is how I gauge honest feedback.
Continuing your “review” I realized that your critique is, in fact, as worthless and cookie cutter as every single other generic letter sent via the Internet. Here are my criticisms of where you went wrong (so your programmer nerds can fix such ridiculous database oversights):
You labeled me as a “Landmark Consultant” over and over again in your letter. Had you actually read my resume you would realize that Landmark is actually a company I interned with last summer. It is not a position nor is “Landmark Consultant” even a real job position….anywhere.
You also recommended I use a career summary instead of an objective claiming that objectives are mostly for recent graduates. Again, had you actually looked at my resume you would realize that I graduated with a bachelors of civil engineering this past May. In case you are unaware, that means May of 2009. I am a recent graduate. Just in case you did not notice I again stress that I am a recent graduate.
Your actual criticism is simply “let me polish your experience” which is nothing more than what every single BS monkey offers out there. Trust me, you cannot beat me when it comes to BS. Had you read my actual objective you would realize my goal is to get in with an engineering firm. Engineers are logical and to the point. Engineers despise candy-coaters unless it’s involving the art of communicating to non-engineer types.
Peg, I strongly suggest you remove the word “expert” from your job title as I feel it is not nearly justified in describing what your feedback and critique contains. For $400 a pop I would hope you would include actual sincerity instead of a canned letter sent out to everybody on this website. The sad reality is thousands of suckers will buy into this scam. My expectations were of an automated selling system but to attempt to mask this with a fake review is disgraceful and dishonest. I will make sure to post this experience of your “service” and website wherever I can. The desperation of many job-seekers is not something to exploit especially in the current state of our country.
For added fun, I realized her linkedin page was just as, if not more, bland than my resume wording!
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