Jonathan Blain is a Bestselling Author and Thought Leader, a Job Hunting and Career problem Solving Expert.
Beware of Free CV / Resume Reviews - Often They Are No More Than A Cruel Sales Tactic
If you are looking for a new job it is tempting to take advantage of one of the thousands of free CV appraisal services offered, particularly if you’ve been applying for jobs and not being successful. It is when we are down, having a tough time, feeling low, or lacking in confidence that we are most vulnerable.
I wonder how often anyone has their CV appraised and gets a big thumbs up and told it is great? My gut feeling is that the answer isn’t very often.
The reason I say that, is you don’t often get something for nothing. The exceptions are careers services, and anyone who doesn’t sell CV writing services, CV advice, or any job hunting related services.
When your CV isn’t working, you are at your most vulnerable, you just want someone who is a real professional, to give you their honest opinion. We are brought up to think of anyone who is a “professional” is someone who knows what they are talking about, someone who knows more than us, that we can trust, but the truth is, in many cases a professional is nothing more than someone who charges for their services. It doesn’t mean they are any good, or that they are ethical; being a professional means that they want your money, because they make a living charging for their services, so beware!
Many professional CV writers have perfected the art of a CV appraisal, to make you think they are acting with integrity and being totally honest, whilst undermining your confidence enough to make you want to buy their services. Let’s be honest, what they really want to do is sell their services.
I’ve heard of different people using the same people to appraise their CV’s and compared the appraisals, and found them to be almost identical.
You need to be very wary of CV appraisals, they are frequently nothing less than marketing and sales, designed to get you to hire them. I hope that advice serves you.