A great reason to seek advice from career pros affiliated with two or more major industry associations is to minimize your risk of falling prey to online job scams, ATS scams (ATS: Applicant Tracking Systems), fake job postings, and bad advice.
Bad advice can mislead and shake your confidence. The other traps can steal your identity, waste your time, take your money, AND mislead and shake your confidence.
Here are just a few of the scams floating around on the internet today. Please be aware many of them look very legit.
- Job seekers: Avoid Executive Placement Scams (Federal Trade Commission)
- 11 Red Flags to Consider Before Using the www.resumeterpro.com Applicant Tracking System (ATS) Reverse Engine (Robin Schlinger, Robin’s Resumes)
- Resume Scams to Avoid…”ATS Optimization Services” (Amanda Redwine, Corporate Auditor)
- Job Search Scams You Should Be Aware Of (Teena Rose, Resume to Referral)
- Top 10 Executive Resume Writing Services for 2019 (Rosa Vargas, Career Steering)
- FTC Halts Fake Jobs & Resume Repair Operation (Nick Corcodilos, Ask the Headhunter)
I never recommend engaging with companies claiming to check your resume against ‘ATS Checkers.’ If you have built your resume or LinkedIn profile to the roles you want, your documents will automatically include the keywords and phrases that are needed for such software and it will honestly and ethically match up with your skills. Furthermore, if you use a certified resume writer, please note that most all of the certifications require training and understanding of how to provide clients with an ATS-friendly version of the resume, formatted in ASCII Text – before a resume writing certification can be granted.
Executives, please use care when seeking advice with your career transition. For resume writers, associations where writers can earn memberships, certifications and awards include: